One of the most prominent families in Fort Worth has lost its matriarch. Nancy Lee Bass passed away at her home Thursday night at the age of 95.
Bass was very passionate about performing arts. She and her family are well known for their philanthropy worldwide, most notably in their hometown.
One of her most treasured accomplishments was the concept and eventual reality of Bass Hall. The grand concert and theater hall in downtown Fort Worth was christened in 1998. It was built following an idea first raised by pianist Van Cliburn, who was a very close friend of the family.
Bass and her family have made a great impact on Fort Worth's art, music, education, hospital and other systems.
A friend of the family remembers how she made an unconventional decision when it was time to pick what would be her personal seat at Bass Hall.
"They had Box K of course, the center box. But Nancy Lee had a very special spot down on the floor she wanted because she knew she could hear the music best from there. Yes, she had a good ear for music. She truly understood the value of music," said Alann Sampson.
A statement from one of her sons says in part her life spanned 10 decades of exceptional love, affection and joy.
She would have celebrated her birthday next week.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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