Zulema Bassham

Firstly, I am honored to be part of this year’s Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon and am humbled to be included in this year’s event with such an amazing group of women. Hats Off to Life Unlimited for all they do for their residents, families and for our community. I am so proud to be able to contribute to this remarkable organization.

I was born in Odessa, Texas and lived there until I moved to El Paso, Texas to begin my career as an entrepreneur in the beauty industry. After meeting him, I met and fell in love with my husband Terry. In El Paso, Terry and I spent twenty years getting married, starting our family and raising our children. El Paso was the place I became a mother to Hannah, Dylan and Valentin. Our three beautiful children make Terry and I really proud parents.

Our family moved from El Paso to Kansas City in 2005, and we began our new journey in the Midwest. Living in Kansas City, I was lucky enough to become active in our new community. Since I’ve lived in Kansas City, I have had the honor of partnering with Children’s Mercy Hospital, University of Kansas Hospital, University Health Hospital, Mosca, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Operation Breakthrough, Guadalupe Center, Mattie Rhodes, Kansas City Museum, KC Arts, Nelson Atkins Museum and others. Additionally, I currently serve on the Board of Director’s for University Health Hospital.

I am sincerely grateful for this year’s Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon and for the opportunity to reflect on and to celebrate motherhood.


Motherhood has been the most gratifying experience of my life.

Yes, Motherhood comes with hard work, sleepless nights, and heartaches. But I cannot imagine life without my three beautiful children. I admire who they are today, so loving and patient with concern for others. I am constantly moved by their love for me and for my mother. I could never live without their hugs and kisses.

I work very hard to be a good example to my kids. I try and show them how to love others, how to be humble and honest. I try and teach them the importance of education, self-love, and hard-work. But of all things, I want them to be kind to themselves, to take care of themselves, and to have fun in life. Life is short! My children know that I will always be there for them, to be their rock, just like my mother has been for me.

Motherhood means everything to me.