Judith Anne (Bash) Lee

  • Died: July 4, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Lakeside Park

1140 Lake Ave
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

Judith Anne (Bash) Lee passed away at home on July 4, 2019 after a long illness, surrounded by her loving family. Judy was born in Fort Wayne on June 2, 1937. Her parents were David W. and Florence (Kendrick) Bash. She lived almost all of her life on the north side of Fort Wayne. She attended the Franklin School and North Side High School where she graduated in 1955 and was an honors student. She then attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio where she graduated in 1959 receiving a B.A. in history. She married William Lee in September of 1959. Judy was an avid reader all of her life. She was interested in fiction and non-fiction, plays, poetry, biography and history. She read to her children and grandchildren, and not just at bedtime. New Yorker cartoons, stories in the newspaper, information on road trips, crossword puzzles, and poetry were all part of her repertoire. She was a member of the Ex Libris book club for over fifty years. She served for many years on the board of the Friends of the Allen County Public Library. She was very interested in Lincolnania and was a member and strong supporter of The Friends of the Lincoln Collection for many years. She also loved art, music and theater and autumn trips to New York City that combined all these passions. For decades she annually attended The Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, The Shaw Festival in Niagara Falls, Ontario and the Chautauqua Institution in Jamestown, NY. She served on the board of the Fort Wayne Civic Theater and was instrumental in the presentation of the world premiere of the play, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. She was also a supporter of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She attended virtually every public concert presented by the Philharmonic for over forty years. In addition she served as home room mother at Forest Park Elementary School many different school years, including chaperoning school trips. Of all her volunteer work, she especially enjoyed serving as the chair of the Community Arts Council of Arts United. She was a member of the Pi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi for over forty years. Under the influence of her son Rich she watched more episodes of The Simpsons than anyone of her generation. She especially enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters. Judy loved the water—Lake Gage, Lake Michigan, and the Gulf of Mexico. Judy loved convertibles and lived life with the top down. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill; her three children Cathy Lee (Bruce Kingsbury), Mark Lee (Jan Chalupny) and Rich Lee (Sally Rauber); two granddaughters, Katherine and Caroline; sister, Roberta (Bash) Hall; and brothers, David Bash and Charles Bash. A memorial service will be at 11am on July 10, 2019 at the Trinity English Lutheran Church 450 W Washington Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 with visitation one hour prior, with a light luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Allen County Public Library. Condolences may be left online at www.mccombandsons.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thank you for this reminder. What a treat, to be called to remember my sister, whom I have missed for her constancy and her affections, which so many of us appreciated for many years. It is my hope she rests in peace.

Posted by Bobbi Hall - Corvallis, OR - sister   July 01, 2020

Bill, you and your children have our deepest sympathy. We lost a wonderful, bright human being. I appreciated her support of NSHS and her caring attitude.

Dan and Bev Howe

Posted by Daniel Howe - SARASOTA, FL   July 11, 2019

Our deepest sympathies
The Pauly's

Posted by Tom Pauly - Oceanside, CA   July 10, 2019

William Lee and Family:

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Judith Anne Lee.

God's Blessings to the Lee Family.


William C. Phillips, Sr.
Trinity English Lutheran Church Member

Posted by WILLIAM C PHILLIPS, SR. - FORT WAYNE, IN   July 10, 2019

Refined & elegant,
Gracious not gossipy.
A lover of nature.
Generous of spirit,
Tolerant of others,
A connector and community builder.
Judith Bash Lee.

I am honored to have known her.

-former neighbor

Posted by Vida - Fort Wayne, IN   July 10, 2019

Bill: Deepest condolences to you and the family.
John Leal

Posted by John Leal - Fort Wayne, IN - Family Friend   July 09, 2019

Bill, God's Blessings & Strength to You, Cathy, Mark, & Rich. Nancy Sullivan

Posted by A friend   July 08, 2019

Your Mother was the one of the nicest, most genuine ladies I ever met. I used to love waiting on her when she came into Cinema Center and just running into her around Fort Wayne. She always had a smile and made sure she said, "Hello."

I am so, so sorry for your loss.

Caroline Dykehouse

Posted by Caroline Dykehouse - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   July 08, 2019

Dear Lee family,
In my memory, Judy's respect for each of you was palpable every single time I ever saw her with any of you. What a gift! Fondly, Tiia Tomusk

Posted by Tiia Tomusk - Fort Wayne, IN - Family Friend   July 08, 2019

I have always been in awe of Judy's wide literary knowledge ever a kind, brilliant lady.

Posted by Don Hall - Corvallis, Oregon   July 08, 2019

Sorry to hear of Judy's passing Bill - you were both wonderful neighbors - please accept my family's sincere condolences.

Posted by Ben Adams - Fort Wayne, IN - Neighbor   July 08, 2019

Bobbi, Judy's sister; so many memories and wishes...


Posted by rlhall@peak.org    July 07, 2019

Bobbi (Roberta) Bash Hall, sister
Many memories!

Posted by A friend   July 07, 2019

I will miss Judy greatly.
I often felt a need to be a nicer person so as not to disappoint her, my sister, who so felt I should be nice.

Posted by Charles Bash - Fort Wayne, IN   July 07, 2019

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