Nancy Strother Bauer of Issaquah, Washington passed away at the age of 86 on February 22, 2014.
She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1928 to Sara and Edwin Strother. She grew up in Newberg, Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University in 1950 where she received a degree in Home Economics with an emphasis in Nutrition.
She spent a year in Harney County, Oregon as a Home Economics Extension Agent for the state of Oregon where she reported directly to OSU football hero George Bain.
In 1951 she married Eric Bauer in Newberg, Oregon. Nancy and Eric spent the first 15 years of their marriage in the Pacific Northwest. During this time they had four children. Two of their children were born while Eric served in management of the International Paper Company’s plywood operation in Weed, California.
Eric also served as the chief of the community’s volunteer firefighters. Nancy considered their years in Weed as some of the best years of her life.
In 1966 the family moved to Crossett, Arkansas where Nancy supported her husband in establishing the Southern Pine Plywood industry throughout the South for Georgia Pacific Corporation.
While raising her family in Arkansas, Nancy threw herself into civic endeavors with special emphasis on literacy, education policy, and social services.
Upon the passing of her husband in 1986, Nancy moved to Redmond, Washington where she was very active in her local church dedicating herself to others in need of spiritual support.
She enjoyed traveling, cross country skiing, cooking, sewing, current affairs, nutrition and Bible study.
She is survived by her four children: Lisa Bauer Schneider, Eric Bauer, Ernst Bauer and Kurt Bauer; and by her six grandchildren.
Her memorial service will be held at the Redmond Assembly of God in Redmond, Washington on Saturday, March 15.