December 21, 2022
Janet Evelyn Bauer, 85, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Vancouver, Wash.
She was born on Sept. 7, 1937, in Elloree, S.C. She spent her childhood living in the South Carolina and Georgia area before graduating from high school in Forest Park, Ga., in 1955.
Jan met her future husband, Donald Bauer, in Georgia, while he was stationed there for the military. Jan moved to France with her family in 1956. When Jan returned to the U.S., she moved to the Atlanta area where she started working as an accountant for the Atlanta Highway Department and went to school to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. Jan and Don continued writing back and forth to each other over the years until they decided to marry.
Jan moved to Glasgow, Mont., and married Don in August 1958 at the St. Raphael's Catholic Church. Jan led a family-centered life and kept busy raising her sons, Timothy, Paul and David. Throughout the years Jan worked various jobs including working for UBC for 18 years until she retired.
Jan loved to quilt and the many quilts she made are still enjoyed by her family and friends. Jan was an avid reader and always had a new novel by her side. She was very active in her community and enjoyed numerous social activities, church groups and volunteer work including serving as a volunteer at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital for many years.
Jan and Don were married for almost 60 years and after his death in 2018, Jan moved to Vancouver. Jan enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters and celebrating holidays and other family activities and gatherings. Jan loved meeting new people and participating in the new opportunities at her retirement home.
Jan is preceded in death by her parents, Mabel and Bill Cowart; her brother Tom; her husband Don; and her two sons, Timothy and Brian Bauer.
Jan is survived by her sons, Paul, of Glasgow, and David (Laura), of Camas, Wash .; granddaughters Claire and Megan, of Camas; sisters Beth Carpenter, of Islamorada, Fla., and Micki Mauer, of Orange Park, Fla.