Margaret “Maggie” Rose Bauer was born on October 23, 1927 to Benjamin Franklin and Ara Jewel (Cranshaw) Rose. Her parents and only brother, Benny, preceded her in death. Maggie married William Earl Bauer on June 9, 1951. They were married 41 years, before Bill’s death in 1993, and had four children, Steven Bauer, Nancy (Gary) Helton, Peggy Welsch, and Debbie Rose; seven grandchildren, Cheryl (Dave) Williams, Brandi Bocquillon, Elizabeth Welsch, Chelsey Menos, David Welsch, Tyler (Angela) Menos, and Caroline Helton. The six great-grandchildren round out the family; John, Natalie, and Rebecca Bocquillon, Brody Williams, Camden Wilhelm, and Leif Menos.
Maggie graduated from Normandy High School and continued her education at the University of Missouri Columbia. While at Mizzou, she joined the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and continued to be an active member throughout her life. Also, while at Mizzou, she twirled her baton with the Marching Mizzou Band. This was soon after the war and the band was just starting back up. She and a couple of other girls decided they needed twirlers. And so, they joined the group. Maggie was enamored by computers and later in life took every class Meramec Community College had to offer on writing computer programs. (She was a whiz with the COBOL language.)
Growing up she loved to dance and was an instructor at her studio. One year when the circus came to town, she was recruited to work a type of high wire act. She and her girlfriend apparently skipped school to ‘run off to the circus’. Another summer she danced in the chorus at the Muny Opera which she said was ‘such an amazing experience’. While in high school, she was a drum majorette often twirling blazing batons. She also played the violin and the bass fiddle in the school band.
Maggie was an accomplished seamstress. She made all of her girls’ dresses and, you can be sure, they all matched. Hand smocking often adorned these dresses. It seems there was always something on the sewing machine and hems were being sewed just minutes before they were to be out the door. She loved to knit and made several sweaters and vests for her children. She later knitted baby sweater and layette sets for BRO (Board of Religious Organizations). Her creative skills carried into making hats for herself, family, and friends. We don’t think she made one for Queen Elizabeth, but they were that fancy. (Who knows, perhaps she’s wearing a ‘Maggie Original’ today.)
After her children were of school age, she returned to working with Bill at SETCO (Sales Engineering & Training Company) as the bookkeeper. Even though she worked outside the home she always found time to be room mother, den leader, girl scout leader, cookie chairman (on numerous occasions), field trip chaperone, chauffer to dance lessons, gymnastics lessons, piano lessons, baseball games, and everything else her children were involved in. When each of her children attended kindergarten, their teacher was invited over for lunch. Typical meal would be peanut butter and jelly – and the teachers loved it!
She kept active physically with ‘jumping class’ (as Bill would call her Martha Rounds exercise class) and dancing. She continued to tap dance well into her 70’s and 80’s. Unfortunately, that had to come to an end when a ‘times step’ and ‘flap-ball-change’ tuned into a broken pelvis. During her rehabilitation, the other residents nicknamed her ‘Ginger Rogers’.
Maggie loved her home town of St. Louis, and enjoyed showing it off to visiting friends and family. She was born and raised here and lived here 90 years. Maggie supported many of its attractions and organizations, i.e., being a St. Louis Zoo member, working at the Botanical Garden as a volunteer, an active member of the Glendale Women’s Club, driver for Meals on Wheels, selling Old Newboys newspapers (seemingly always in the rain or cold), was an OASIS tutor, a Channel 9 member, a season ticket holder to the Repertory Theater, Stages, St. Louis Symphony, and of course she was a frequent visitor to Denny’s Restaurant on Sunday mornings after church. She and Bill were great Cardinals and Blues fans and could be found either attending a game at the ‘Old Barn’ or listening to the games on the radio. Typically, the ball game would be watched on TV with the sound turned off so they could be listen to Jack Buck and Harry Caray call it on KMOX.
Maggie was a devoted Christian and was an active member of Glendale Presbyterian Church for 62 years. Her roles within this church that she loved included: serving as a Deaconess, a ruling elder of the session, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, nursery attendant, member of the hand bell choir, member of PWA (Presbyterian Women’s Association), (of which she was treasurer for many, many years), circle leader, and hostess to many luncheons and receptions held at the church. She was given the honor of representing GPC in their ‘Celebration of Aging, as well as given a ‘Life Membership’ award; an acclamation bestowed upon her from the National Presbyterian Church. She served at the Synod level of the Presbytery on the Mission Service board and was the editor of the LinkLetter, a communication for all women in the Presbytery.
Besides marrying the love of her life, Bill, what else gave her such great joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She so adored them and they knew it. Her eyes would light up as soon as they came in the room. Even during her last few weeks, it was these children that would spark a reaction and a smile and would immediately raise her spirits.
Maggie was very involved with the Board of Religious Organizations; an organization working with children’s charities. She was very instrumental and managed the annual Christmas Toy Distribution for these children’s charities for 25 years. Her quote, “More than one family lives together and they need help. That’s who we are.”, was framed and hung on the wall so all would know and remember the mission of this much needed and appreciated organization.
She and her friends loved to travel. A group of them would find themselves at Elderhostels, annually, always learning something new. One trip to California started out in Carmel and ended up north in wine country. Other memorable trips took them to Canada, Ireland, and Hilton Head. As a high school graduation gift, she took her each of her grandchildren on a trip of their choice. These are still remembered fondly as a very special time with their grandmother – one on one. She instilled the love of travel in each of them.
Maggie Bauer touched many hands and hearts in her lifetime. She was very giving, energetic, and loving. She had a zest for life and had an extremely positive attitude. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone – whether she knew them or not. Her unselfish, giving attitude was shown to her neighbors, co-workers, family, friends, church, and the many organizations she worked with. She has set the bar very high for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, ‘GG’ (great-grandmother), sister, aunt, cousin, and, most of all, friend to all she met. She will be missed. It was said, “When a bell rings an angel gets her wings”. Well, this angel on earth has officially gotten her wings and she’s flying high.
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 28, 4:00 – 8:00 at Bopp Chapel located at 10610 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO. Funeral service will be Thursday, March 1, at 1:00 at Glendale Presbyterian Church located at 500 N Sappington Road, Glendale, MO. Private interment will precede the service. Memorial gifts may be made to St Louis OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program, the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy, or Glendale Presbyterian Church.