Ann Armstrong Bauer, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, colleague and friend, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2013 with her family by her side. She was 70 years old.
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Ann was born July 5, 1942 in Eccles, England to George Astre and Amy Hitchen Astre in the midst of World War II. After her father passed away, her mother married Kenneth Armstrong. The family emigrated to the U.S. aboard the Queen Mary in November of 1954, settling in Lodi. Ann assimilated well, soaking up American culture, particularly movies, and developed a reputation as an avid reader and excellent student.
While attending Lodi High she met Monte Bauer and after graduating with honors, Ann and Monte married in 1961 and had two children, Michael and Karyn.
In 1962, she began her law career. It would last the better part of five decades in various capacities. Her academic curiosity, diligence and attention to detail made her an excellent researcher, a role she relished and embraced. Though not a self-described feminist, she became an unwitting role model for her female colleagues; simultaneously balancing a family, full-time job and night school.
Ann received her J.D. from Humphreys School of Law in 1981. Though she practiced law as a trial attorney for some years, her passion was research and putting a case together. It was a skill she honed and practiced until her passing.
Known for her kindness, strong will and wit, her pleasures were a good book, movie and knitting. Her loves were family and animals. Many stray cats and dogs found their way to her home on Pine St. over the years. All were welcomed, in addition to those already living there.
Well-versed in politics, sports, pop culture and everything in between, Ann was engaging, informed and opinionated. She could be the center of the conversation or an interested observer. She was both quick to tell a story or listen to another's. Her smile, enthusiasm and generosity will be missed by those with two legs and four.
Ann is survived by loving children Michael Bauer and Karyn Battershell (Rick), siblings Margaret Acosta, John Armstrong, David Armstrong, grandchildren Devan McClaine, Katy McClaine, Christian Bauer and great-grandchildren Paizly and Reef Ravazza. She is preceded in death by her parents, father George Astre, mother Amy Armstrong and adoptive father Kenneth Armstrong.
A memorial will be held on April 29, 2013 at 1 pm at Evergreen Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park, E. Harney Ln and Hwy 99.
Donations may be made to the SPCA, 4590 S. Highway 99, Frontage Road, Stockton, CA 95215.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 25 to May 2, 2013