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Nancy Lee Bass, 95, matriarch of Fort Worth’s leading philanthropists

In this May 6 2002 phoEd Bass left his mother Nancy Lee Bass attend receptiNational Cowgirl Museum Hall Fame Fort

In this May 6, 2002 photo, Ed Bass, left and his mother, Nancy Lee Bass, attend a reception at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. Nancy Lee Bass, philanthropist and matriarch of Fort Worth's leading family, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, a week before her 96th birthday. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Robert M. McAvoy) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT

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Updated: April 4, 2013 7:03AM

FORT WORTH, Texas — Nancy Lee Bass, philanthropist and matriarch of Fort Worth’s leading family, has died a week before her 96th birthday.

Longtime family friend and attorney Dee J. Kelly Sr. says the widow of prominent oil billionaire Perry R. Bass died at her Fort Worth home Thursday night after a brief illness.

Perry Bass, nephew and heir to the oil fortune of famed Fort Worth wildcatter Sid Richardson, died in 2006 at age 91. Over the years, the Basses played host to five presidents.

The Basses’ four sons — Sid, Ed, Bob and Lee — have lavished funds on Fort Worth’s artistic, cultural and educational institutions for years. They’ve also bought up and redeveloped much of downtown Fort Worth into one of the most vibrant city centers in Texas.


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