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LaWana Janel Gammon Basler

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LaWana Janel Gammon Basler


September 30, 1959 – April 11, 2021



LaWana Janel Gammon Basler was born on September 30, 1959, to Melvin Gammon and Elaine Dunbar Gammon in Salina, Kansas. She passed away on April 11, 2021.

LaWana and her family moved around quite a bit in her youth as her father was in the Air Force. When he was discharged from the Air Force, he pursued a career with TWA, based Kansas City, Missouri.

LaWana spent her high school years split between Kansas City and Anaheim, California, completing both a GED in California as well as a regular high school diploma in Missouri.

In her early 20s, LaWana was part of a foreign exchange program with William Jewell College that gave her the opportunity to go to the Catalonia region of Spain where she became fluent in Spanish and gained a love for travel. Before she was able to complete her college education, her father became ill and she elected to return home to Kansas City to care for him prior to his passing in 1984.

LaWana was married to Dr. Joseph Basler on June 11, 1988, in Independence, Missouri. They met while Joseph was pursuing surgery residency at the University of Missouri Hospital where LaWana was a unit clerk in the Burn Unit. 

Joseph and LaWana later moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where they had their three children. The family moved to Boerne, Texas, in 1998 so that Joseph could further pursue his career in academic medicine at UTHSCSA.

LaWana spent her time raising her children – James followed by twins Rebecca and William 13 months later. She was incredibly involved with her children’s schools over the years, including volunteering with Middle School North as a Spanish tutor. As her children grew, she found herself wearing many hats. She was a soccer mom, hockey mom, track and cross-country mom, band mom and equestrian mom.

LaWana is survived by her husband, Joseph Basler; her three children, James (32), William (31) and Rebecca (31); and her brothers: James, Garrick and Brian.

As a mother and wife, we all remember her immense love for her friends and family. Her legacy lives on with her children. We will miss her tremendously.

A private memorial service was held for close family and friends on April 18, 2021. Donations can be made to San Antonio Humane Society, San Antonio Food Bank or Cibolo Nature Center.