Oldest Bass Lake resident dies; second-oldest resident nervous

Betsy “Commander” Nelson, Bass Lake’s oldest living resident, as far as we can tell, has died. Nelson’s passing, at the age of either 99 or 105, has shocked no one, considering how old she was. But her timely departure has left Bass Lake’s second oldest resident quaking in his orthopedic boots.

George “Richard” Dick, 98, said he knew his day was coming.

“That old bag finally did it to me,” Dick said from his puzzle table at Out To Pasture Retirement Home. “I’m next.”

Most troubling to Dick, he said, is that he suspects Nelson of taking several pieces of the 1,000-piece puzzle, “Lake Michigan in Winter,” that he’s been working on since the Johnson administration.

“I think she ate them,” Dick said. “Gummed ’em to death. She hated this puzzle. Said it reminded her of a date she once had with Henry Ford.”

Services for Nelson are pending. Services for Dick will be pending soon.

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