Mary E. Bauer

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mary E. Bauer

April 2, 1925 - Feb. 13, 2018

KEARNEY, Neb. ó Mary E. Bauer, 92, of Kearney, died Tuesday (Feb. 13, 2018), at her residence.

Funeral services are Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Kearney. Rev. Brian Klein and Marshall Bauer will officiate. Graveside services and burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Bartley, Neb., Cemetery. Visitation is planned Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney. Memorials are suggested to Gideonís International or Kearney Evangelical Free Church. Please visit www.hlmkfuneral.com to leave a tribute or message of condolence. Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.

Mary Evelyn Bauer was born April 2, 1925, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Carl C. Doolittle and Laura Belle (Foster) Doolittle. She was a graduate of East High School in Des Moines. She attended Greenville College, Greenville, Ill., and the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Neb.

She gave her heart and life to Christ in her teens and was baptized and joined the Free Methodist Church in Des Moines. After graduation, she worked at Hertzberg Book Bindery as an artist, and Bankers Trust Co. in Des Moines. On Oct. 30, 1953, she married Lawrence W. Bauer in Des Moines.

They lived in Omaha, Neb., where she worked at Omaha National Bank. She then worked at Center Bank until the birth of their first child, Lawrence William (Bill) Bauer Jr. Their other three children were born in Kearney: Barbara Ann, James Edward, and Charles Andrew.

She was a teacher's aide at the Kearney High School Alternative Education Class for two years. She then worked for Rueter's Store as an artist for the three stores owned by Rueters. She retired because of failing health.

She was a member of Kearney Evangelical Free Church where she was an active member in small groups, Sunday school class, and served as a deaconess. She was an Auxiliary member of Gideon's International.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, and her four children and spouses: Lawrence (Bill) Jr. Bauer and wife, Jeanette of Kearney, Barbara Stoltz and husband, David of Gautier, Miss., James and wife, Rhonda Bauer of Redding, Calif., and Charles and wife Kristen Bauer of Kearney; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters and two brothers.