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Betty Shields Bass

Posted By Hall-Wynne On October 12, 2017 @ 2:07 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 14 Comments

Betty Shields Bass died Thursday, October 12 following a brief illness. She was born in Raleigh on June 9, 1929, the only child of David Shields, Jr. and Grace Freeman Shields.
Betty graduated in 1948 from Needham Broughton High School and was elected Miss Needham Broughton by her peers. She made her debut the following year at the Terpsichorean North Carolina Debutante Ball in Raleigh. Betty was a 1950 graduate of St. Mary’s Junior College, after which she attended Meredith College. She worked at the North Carolina Military District in Raleigh for four years.
Betty married Arch Lewis Bass, Jr. in 1955 and they moved to Durham, her home thereafter. She transferred to the Office of Ordinance where she worked until her first child was born. After her second child started school, she became an assistant to Beth Gray at St. Luke’s Kindergarten, remaining there fourteen years. Betty worked at the Board of Elections another fourteen years, retiring in 1994.
A dedicated churchwoman, Betty was a parishioner of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church where she was a member of Episcopal Church Women, the Altar Guild, the Daughters of the King, the Funeral Guild, and was an office volunteer. She was awarded the All Saints Leadership Award for Worship in 2016. Betty was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for over fifty years and served as president of the Junior D.A.R.
A woman of gentleness and quiet dignity, Betty was devoted to her family, her church and her friends. She had immense pride in her grandchildren, faithfully attending their many sporting events, dance recitals and chorus performances. She loved hosting Easter Egg hunts, even when the grandchildren were grown; the times at Sunset Beach; and the Christmas Eve dinners, when each year turns were taken reading the Polar Express.
Betty is survived by her son, Arch Lewis Bass III; her daughter Shields Bass Reh and husband, William Gerard Reh; her daughter-in-law Margaret Hemingway Bass; grandchildren, Arch Lewis Bass IV, Emily Logan Bass, and Shields Brennan Reh; her sister-in-law, Mary Anne Bass Upchurch and husband, Dr. Gilbert Rivers Upchurch; her nephew, Dr. Gilbert Rivers Upchurch, Jr., and niece, Eugenia Anne Upchurch. She was predeceased by her husband, Arch L. Bass, Jr. in 2002.
Services with Holy Communion will be offered 10:00 AM Saturday from St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory.
Gifts in Betty’s memory may be made to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 403 East Main St., Durham 27701 or Senior PharmAssist, 406 Rigsbee Ave, Ste. 201, Durham 27701. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com


Condolences for the family of “Betty Shields Bass”

Condolence from Don & Lyn Corry on October 12th, 2017 5:27 pm

All of our love…”let light perpetual shine upon her.

Don & Lyn

Condolence from Jim and Vicki Whalen, your cruise friends on October 12th, 2017 6:18 pm

We know you’ll find comfort through your memories and peace through your faith. Our prayers are with you.

Condolence from Jane Harper on October 12th, 2017 6:26 pm

Mrs. Bass was a true lady- kind and gracious. There aren’t many ladies left in the world any more. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Condolence from Kimberly Montgomery on October 12th, 2017 7:51 pm

Such a special lady. I’m so sorry for your loss. I have so many sweet memories of Betty when I visited Shields growing up. I specifically remember her fixing corn for dinner and she was dancing to music. She even took a break from the stove and showed me how to shag. That memory made an impression.

Much love,
–Kimberly (Kim)

Condolence from Sherri yelton on October 12th, 2017 8:48 pm

I am so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful lady. She is gracing heaven with her presence. Extending condolences to her family. Love to Shields and family.

Condolence from Becky Jarman on October 12th, 2017 9:15 pm

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Bass. She was always so kind and gracious whenever I talked to her – a true Southern lady. I know she was so proud of you, Shields, and you, Brennan. Your love for each other was so evident whenever I saw you together. I pray for you to feel strength and comfort as you celebrate your beautiful mother.

Condolence from Cindy York on October 12th, 2017 9:38 pm

Love and prayers. Thinking of your family. – Cindy

Condolence from Jaci on October 12th, 2017 10:12 pm

Rest in that she knew that you loved her, and she is now with your Dad- in perfect peace and rest. Hugs and prayers for you all.

Condolence from Sandy Murray on October 12th, 2017 10:17 pm

Shields and Lewis, I am very distressed and saddened by the death of your wonderful mother! I find the phrase ” a woman of gentleness and quiet dignity” to describe Betty. Please allow me to call. Her”our Betty.” I went to my first St. Philip’s ECW meeting at her lovely home, in 1996, where I was immediately impressed by my sweet gracious hostess. Then for many years, we were in ECW together. When the church made a day trip to the mountains to see stained glass church windows, Betty was my seat mate and confidante. Shields ,we did altar guild for several years with Carol and your mom, while we were taught by the formidable expert, Hilda Chatham. The same hand tremble which has stolen my ability to write forced me to quit altar guild, but dear Betty loved performing that service.
Tom and I were able to visit with your Dad when he was sick before he died. But your mother has very suddenly disappeared from her pew behind us. I feel bad to have missed a final quiet gentle conversation with her. I pray for the repose of her soul, her heavenly reunion with Arch and for your family! I can’t imagine your grief to have lost her so quickly and unexpectedly! May the Peace of the Lord be with you all! Sandy Murray

Condolence from Cindy Gray on October 13th, 2017 9:04 pm

Dearest Shields,

I wish I could at your mother’s service. What a comfort you teacher-girls were to me! I only knew of your mom through my mother, and I know Betty was such a treasure to Mom and the school. What adventures in St. Luke’s they must have had together through all those years! I take comfort in the belief that their adventures together begin again now. Praying for your family and for peace in your sorrow. I am believing 1 Corinthians 2: ” No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

~ Cindy Gray

Condolence from Frank & Sandra. Meachem on October 14th, 2017 1:52 pm

To Shields andThe. Bass. Family
So sorry to hear about the loss of your. Mother. I am certain that the memories you have will keep and sustain you during this difficult time
Take. Care

Condolence from Johnand Betsy Dominick on October 14th, 2017 4:05 pm

Our prayers to all of the family.
John and Betsy Dominick

Condolence from Emma Hooper on October 14th, 2017 5:05 pm

We only knew Betty through Mary Anne and Rivers Upchurch who credited her with more good qualities than one could imagine. She loved her husband (Mary Anne’s brother), but loved his family as well. She brought joy and happiness to all her family. She will be remembered for all the contributions she made to benefit the lives of so many. We send our deepest sympathy to all the family

Condolence from Dick & Joan Hutchins on October 14th, 2017 7:05 pm

Lewis, Shields and Family,
So sorry & sadden to hear of Betty’s passing. just a few weeks ago Dick & I were thinking about her and all of you. Talking about all the good times we shared for so many years. Really have missed those times. Betty was such a lovely person and she will truly be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
DIck & Joan Hutchins

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