Ann Woollard Basore

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ann Woollard Basore, 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. Born July 14, 1926, in Memphis, Tenn., she was the daughter of D.B. Woollard, Jr. and Mildred Borum Woollard Cooper, and the stepdaughter of John A. Cooper.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Neff Basore, whom she married in 1952.

Survivors include two sisters, Boyce W. Billingsley of Bella Vista and Rebecca C. Whelan of Hot Springs; a brother, John A. Cooper, Jr. of Bella Vista; a son, Joe Neff Basore, Jr. and his wife Scarlett of Bella Vista; and two grandchildren, Kathryn Ann Basore of Fayetteville and Joe Neff "Trae" Basore, III of Bella Vista.

Mrs. Basore graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1948 with a degree in Sociology. She moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for Arkansas First District Congressman E.C. "Took" Gathings. It was there she met her husband Joe, a U.S. Air Force First Lieutenant from Berryville. Following their marriage, Ann and Joe, who was an OSI Special Agent, moved to James Connolly Airforce Base in Waco, Texas, where their son, Joe Neff Basore, Jr. was born. After assignment to Niagara Falls Airforce Base, they moved to Arkansas to work with her stepfather, John A. Cooper, in his new recreation and retirement development, Cherokee Village.

From November of 1987 until June 2008, Mrs. Basore was president of the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel and oversaw the daily operations of the Fay Jones-designed chapel. She was a tireless volunteer, which lead her to being named the 1972 Arkansas Woman of the Year by the Arkansas Gazette. She was a founding member of the Cherokee Village United Methodist Church and the Bella Vista Village United Methodist Church, and was named to many boards and committees at both churches. She was active in the Parent Teachers Association, serving as the Arkansas PTA President from 1970-1972 and served on the National PTA Board of Directors. She was a past chairman of the founding board of directors of the Bella Vista Public Library Foundation and served on the library's board of directors for many years. She served as PEO president and treasurer of Chapter B.L. she was also president of the Lovely Purchase Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and was director of the Osage District of the DAR, where she also served as chairman of the Committee on Women's Issues.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, at the First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista. Services will be at the First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, with the Rev. David Fleming officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, P.O. Box 5001, Bella Vista, AR 72714.