Doris Procter Bason

July 23, 1926July 12, 2021

Madeline Doris Procter Bason, 94, died peacefully at the Transitions LifeCare Hospice Home with her family at her side on July 12, 2021.

Doris was born in Raleigh on July 23, 1926, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ivan Marriott Procter. She attended Wiley Elementary School and Broughton High School in Raleigh and she graduated from Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, on D-Day in 1944. In 1948 she graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with a degree in bacteriology. Her childhood was spent as a member of Edenton Street Methodist Church; in 1948 she joined Christ Episcopal Church.

Doris was predeceased by her husband, George Foust Bason, whom she met in the first grade at Wiley School. Doris and George were married in September of 1948, just before George began law school at UNC-Chapel Hill. Doris was supervisor of the bacteriology lab in the UNC Medical School until George graduated in 1951.

While running the house and nurturing her growing family, Doris was very active in her community. She served on the Raleigh Historic Sites Commission for a decade beginning in 1967 and was a founding member of the Mordecai Square Historical Society in 1969. She was also a founding member and incorporating officer of Drug Action of Wake County (now SouthLight), serving on the board for ten years from its inception in 1970. She sat on the board of directors of Interact from 1977 to 1984, serving as chairman in 1980. She was also an active member of the board of directors of Hospice of Wake County, now Transitions LifeCare, from 1984 until 1995.

While Doris claimed she was never an outstanding student, she learned, taught and shared an incredible range of skills, knowledge and talent. She was an accomplished seamstress and needleworker. She was an excellent potter, a prize-winning photographer, and a sometime jewelry maker. She studied pottery at the Penland School of Crafts in Spruce Pine, photography and jewelry at Meredith College, and learned bricklaying at Wake Community College, now Wake Tech. Doris co-chaired the first Juried Craft Exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of History in 1983. In 1967 she was honored to participate in the creation of the beautiful book, “Raleigh, North Carolina’s Capitol,” as a member of the editing and publishing committee and in 1992 she helped to create the updated edition. A voracious reader and traveler in developing and diverse countries, Doris was most interested in visiting and reading about people who “don’t look like me and don’t live like me.” She was an early advocate of integration, signing in 1960 a petition to open public lunch counters to everyone.

Doris was very proud of George’s professional work, especially his years as an activist juvenile court judge. She loved her family beyond measure and never held back from telling them so, and treasured her time with her children, her grands and her greats. She was an incurable optimist, always expecting and usually receiving the best. Doris was a compassionate and empathetic listener and story-teller, impacting many lives across multiple generations. Many people considered her a dear friend and will miss their visits and conversations with her. She was open-minded and broadminded, accepting what came and loving life.

In addition to her husband, Doris was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Jarvis Reginald Procter, and her sister, Nancy Procter Langley.

She is survived by her children, George Foust Bason, Jr. of Raleigh (Mary Ellen Anderson), Jennie Bason Beasley of Winston-Salem (Earl), John Ashe Bason of Raleigh (Amy), and Doris Bason Lee of Clayton (David); her grandchildren, Hannah Bason Cooke (John Mark Williams), George Foust Bason III, Jane Beasley Duncan (Griffin), Meg Beasley MacBain (Will), Sam Holton Lee (Timmy Fitzgerald), Anna Willard Cross (Merit), Will O’Neal (Hunter), and Leah Bason; and her four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her loving sister, Marriott Procter Little of Raleigh, her many beloved nieces and nephews, and Mary Ellen’s daughter, Aubrey Barker. In addition Doris is survived by Lauren Reynolds, who was a helpmate, a soulmate and a beloved companion and caregiver for the past ten years. We thank Lauren with all our hearts for her compassion and dedication, and we’re immensely grateful to her growing family for sharing her with our Mother.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 17th, followed by a reception at the Carolina Country Club. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh NC 27607, Haven House, 600 W. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh NC 27603, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Services provided by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, NC.


  • Celebration of Doris' Life

    Saturday, July 17, 2021

  • Reception immediately following the service

    Saturday, July 17, 2021


Doris Procter Bason

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Sally Williamson GREASER

July 19, 2021

To the Bason family,

I got to know your mom when she and my mom, Sarah Williamson, served together on the Editorial Committee for what we called "The Raleigh Book." I know that the two of them along with the other members of the committee spent long hours researching the sites to be included in the book and then did much of the proofreading in pairs of two. Although it was many years ago, I remember your mom's smile and the fact that she was always interesting to talk to. Please know that you all are my thoughts at this time. While I know that Mrs. Bason will be missed by all who loved her, I know you and many others are celebrating a life well lived. Take care.

Mark Valletta

July 18, 2021

George, John, Bebe, Jenny,

There are so many memories of both your parents. Alamance Drive always felt like my second home. So much so that the night before my wedding to Jan, I spent the night at Alamance Drive. We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary on July 12th in Lake Placid NY. We were saddened to hear of Mrs. Bason’s passing that day. We will miss her smile, the stories she would recount about her childhood in Wake County and the great care, interest and true concern she had for us even when spans of times had passed between our visits. We commented just recently of how much we appreciated any time spent with Mrs. Bason. Our favorite words when describing Mrs. Bason were, classy, personable, genuine, infectious heartfelt friend. She will always hold a special place in our hearts! I can’t help but picture The judge welcoming the love of his life to heaven with hugs and kisses then turning to show her where they will spend eternity together.

Ted Salisbury

July 15, 2021

Dear Basons,
I am sadden to hear or your mother’s passing, but also very happy that y’all had such a wonderful and unique mother for so many great years. She was truly one of a kind. Everyone who knew her and came in contact with her are better people for that. I know my family is. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Ted Salisbury

Harry Walker, III

July 15, 2021

Sixty years ago as young ladies and lads
We were blessed to have loving moms and dads.
Alamance Drive was a fun street to live on as a child
We were sometimes mild, but many times wild.
Year upon year it was clear to see
One of the moms was very special to me.
Mrs. Bason cared about how we were doing
What sports, what schools, what we were pursuing.
As years went by and we didn't see her for a while
The next time we'd meet she would beam her great smile.
I once wrote her a poem back in the past
I honor her again with another poem at last.
At peace she is now, perfect at rest
She will be remembered as one of the best!

Mary Moore Ritchie

July 15, 2021

My family and I had the wonderful experience of living next door to Doris's mother, Mrs. Ivan Procter, "Nana," for a number of years in Cameron Park. I loved getting to know Doris and the entire Procter family. The children and grandchildren came by often to visit Nana and became our extended family. Doris had a family full of love and joy. My daughter and I attended a tea in Oakwood Cemetery some years ago to celebrate Nana's life and it was so fun to see the Procter family again. Doris, I know you will rest in peace knowing you left a loving family behind. Give Nana a hug for me!!!

Bill Sigmon

July 15, 2021

Jennie, George, John and Bebe,
I was so sad to hear about your wonderful mother's passing. The Alamance Drive gang has lost another mentor, mother and friend that helped make us all what we are today.
Our time here is short, but the memories last forever. Bless you all during this difficult time. Thanks be to God for Doris Bason.
Much love,
Bill Sigmon

Chris Lockwood

July 14, 2021

To Jennie, George, John and Bebee, my"family," I feel your loss and thank you for sharing your wonderful mother with me. To me, "Mom" was the epitome of kindness and understanding and she did enjoy life! I remember as a teenager being so amazed that she could slalom "at her age!" Her smile, her laugh and her many, many stories will stay with me always. Heaven has gained a very special angel. Hugs and much love to you all.

Cathy Bason

July 14, 2021

Bason Family,
My heart goes out to you all. Grandma Doris was truly the center of the family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
“I love you today and everyday”

Angela Hatchell

July 13, 2021

Bason family:
A light has left this world but a star shines brighter in the sky.
Your mother was one of the sweetest, unique, talented, warm, loving, intelligent (the list goes on and in) women that I have ever known. What a special gift for you to have such a woman to call mother and friend.
I have had the pleasure of knowing her for approximately 30 years (through Bebee, Will and Anna) and I can say that my life is better for having known her.
I hope that the happy memories that you have her will help in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

Love to you,

Janice Kulynych Story

July 13, 2021

To All the Bason Family - If ever there was a "mom" to emulate, it was Doris Bason - she was kind, giving, protective, caring and always had time to listen and last but not least, she was just sooooo much fun! I remember my very first Bason family camping trip and she taught me so very much about how to enjoy the outdoors and made me feel such a part of the family, even though I was the worst at water skiing! The twinkle in her eye matched her enthusiasm for living every moment to the fullest and it was evident just how important her family was to her. I always felt special in her presence and will forever hold dear all the memories I have of sweet Doris, or Momma Bason, as I called her. Sending my love to all the family as she will most definitely be missed.
Much love - Janice