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Nancy Lee Muse Bass
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Birth: Mar. 7, 1917
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 2013
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

(Suggested by FindAGrave contributor 'Texas Roots'.)

A Fort Worth native

Nancy Lee Bass was born March 7, 1917, to Ewell H. Muse and Roberta Maddox Muse in Fort Worth.

She learned to love classical music while growing up and taking piano lessons. She graduated from Central High School (now Paschal) before attending the University of Texas at Austin, from which she graduated in 1937 with a degree in English.

She met Wichita Falls oilman Perry Bass at a dance in Fort Worth, and they married at the First Methodist Church in 1941.

Perry Bass turned his early oilfield ventures with his uncle, Sid Richardson, into a diversified family empire that is today valued in the billions of dollars.

Keenly interested in politics, Perry Bass hosted five U.S. presidents — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush — at his resort home at San Jose Island on the Texas coast. 

Mrs. Bass had a wide range of interests, Schutts said.

"She was busy. My lord, the list of things she was involved with is a mile long," she said.

Mrs. Bass served for three decades as vice president and director of the Sid. W. Richardson Foundation. She was on the boards of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Smithsonian Institution National Council, the University of Texas at Austin Development Board and the advisory board of the Van Cliburn competition.

In addition, she was a member of the Junior League, the Jewel Charity Ball, past president of The Assembly, a member of the Fort Worth Garden Club and a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church.

She was the first recipient of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Gloria Lupton Tennison Pioneer Award. She also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas Ex-Students Association and the Golden Deeds Award from the Exchange Club of Fort Worth.

The Bass family became one of the richest in America, but never pulled up its Fort Worth roots.

"She was a Fort Worth native, and that's the reason for her great love of the city. All of the Basses could have lived anywhere they wanted to, but all of them chose to live in Fort Worth. I think that has been a great thing for our city," Kelly said.

Giordano said Mrs. Bass told him that she felt one of the responsibilities of her family was to support the community.

"She said, ‘We've been fortunate and we feel like it's important for us to give back as much as we can.' And they've done it. She set the example. 

"She said that was one of the things they tried to instill in their children, that there is a responsibility to the community. And, if you think about it, it really has happened."

A memorial service for Mrs. Bass will be held at a later date. The family suggests that donations in her memory be made to the Children's Education Program of Bass Performance Hall or to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Besides her four sons, Mrs. Bass is survived by 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Schutts said downtown Fort Worth would not be what it is without Nancy Lee and Perry Bass."

There are two angels in front of the Bass Hall, and every time I look at them, I am going to think of those two people," she said.

Steve Campbell, 817-xxx-xxxx

Staff writer Tim Madigan contributed to this report, which also contains material from the Star-Telegram archives. 
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