FORTWORTH - Nancy Lee Muse Bass, the matriarch of the Bass family of Fort Worth, died Thursday night at her home. She was 95.
From the Bass Performance Hall to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, almost every treasured institution in Fort Worth owes a debt to Mrs. Bass.
"Meanwhile, raising those boys," said Patricia Schutts, the director of development at Bass Performance Hall. "And she was a good mother. She was on the job."
In a statement released on the behalf of Bass' sons, Terrell Lamb said she died peacefully "seven days shy of her 96th birthday."
"Her life spanned 10 decades of exceptional love, affection and joy," Lamb said. "We were blessed to have shared in such a long and rich life, and we know she would want us to express to all our friends her gratitude for their friendship to her family over the years."
Mrs. Hall was married to Perry R. Bass for 65 years until he died in 2006 at the age of 91.
Schutts called Mrs. Bass a close friend.
"When you get a call from Nancy Lee, get ready to have fun," she said. "And we did."
She said she can especially remember the 50th anniversary dinner for Perry and Nancy Lee Bass, who made a heart-stopping announcement.
"And Nancy Lee had suggested they give away $50 million," Schutts said. "That's quite an announcement."
Amy Adkins, president of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, said Mr. And Mrs. Bass gave the FWSO nearly $8 million during their lifetimes.
Mrs. Bass studied English at the University of Texas and was a close friend of world renowned pianist Van Cliburn, who died at the age of 78 Wednesday at his Westover Hills home.
A world renowned pianist from Fort Worth, Cliburn was the first to propose that the Bass Performance Hall be named after Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass at a Performing Arts Fort Worth board of directors meeting, Lamb said.
"Van rose as the meeting was called to order, before any other piece of business was addressed, and delivered an eloquent speech proposing the future hall be named for Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass," Lamb wrote.
"It is interesting to me that there are two angels out there on the facade of that building," Schutts said. "I don't think I need to say anything else."
Mrs. Bass is survived by her four sons; Lee Marshall Bass, Edward Perry "Ed" Bass, Sid Richardson Bass and Robert Muse Bass.