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Evadean Mae Bauer


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Evadean Mae Bauer Obituary
Evadean Mae Bauer, 86, of Leslie, Idaho, died Dec. 13, 2016, at home peacefully surrounded by family. She was born May 1, 1930, in Blackfoot, Idaho, the eldest daughter of Edward and Della Allphin. Her childhood was spent in Blackfoot where she graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1948.
In 1947, while she was working at the Bon Ton in Blackfoot, Jim Bauer walked in. Her first thoughts when she laid eyes on him were, "This guy is really, really cute!" The rest is history. On Sept. 4, 1948, they married and they made their home in Blackfoot.
While in Blackfoot, Evadean and Jim were engaged in the farm implement business and started Bauer Equipment Co., while also raising four children, Karen, Tony, Gay Lynne and Andy. While Jim was operating much of the day-to-day operations of the business, Evadean ran the books and was the designated social director of the marriage (making sure they had fun in addition to working!).
They operated Bauer Equipment Co. until retiring and selling it in 1974. Upon selling Bauer Equipment, they bought farmland in Taber, Idaho and property in Leslie, Idaho…two very different worlds.
In 1975, Jim and Evadean moved to the farmland in Taber. Evadean always said you could see the drag marks from her heels all the way from Blackfoot to Taber. At the time, she was not fond of moving from the city to the farm. However, she ended up thriving on the farm, where she grew and maintained a beautiful garden and taught her grandkids the fine art of "prowling" for neat rocks.
The farm is also where she taught her grandchildren that the "eject" button near the stereo was for the "ejection seat," in case they ever misbehaved during a drive. Yes, Evadean had a most wonderful sense of humor.
Jim and Evadean lived on the farm until retiring from farming in 1991. Evadean had always expressed a desire to have a place by a creek, so, in 1991 she and Jim moved to their property in Leslie, Idaho where they remained. Together they explored ALL of the Lost River area, including the mountains, "cricks," rivers and reservoirs, all by motorbike and horseback. Evadean would often look toward the mountains across the highway from her house and reminisce about how she and Jim explored just about every inch of the mountains in the valley.
In 2001, Evadean lost her husband, partner and best friend of more than 50 years. They shared a longevity of love that was extraordinarily rare … the type of relationship people dream to have in their lifetime. Despite the tragic loss, Evadean persisted and found great solace in her family and environment.
In 2009, Evadean was featured the July 2009 edition of "Ruralite," in an article titled, "At Home with Nature" by Dianna Troyer. The article perfectly portrays a day-in-the-life at "Evie's Place": "Evadean Bauer laughs when she hears well-meaning friends say they worry about her living 'all alone' south of Mackay along Spring Creek. 'How can I feel alone here?'" asks Evie, gesturing toward the creek that flows besides her sun room and her large backyard, where wildlife and more than a dozen kinds of birds visit every day.
As if on cue, a raccoon swims toward her house, leaving a V-shaped wake in the water." In addition to the comfort she felt from her environment and the local wildlife, Evadean had a thriving relationship with her community.
She absolutely loved participating in Bingo nights at the American Legion post in Mackay, Idaho, enjoyed a chance to demonstrate her formidable skills playing bridge, cherished the opportunity to bake and donate sales of her famous sourdough bread for community events in Mackay and truly loved to kick back at the end of a long day with a modest serving of a fine scotch … on the rocks, of course.
Evadean loved the outdoors and was highly active, despite having had two hip replacements. She just about did it all, from hiking, fishing, hunting, motorbike riding, golfing, rock collecting and horseback riding to snow skiing and snowmobiling.
She was out watering and mowing her acres of land every week and often doing things she knew no one would want her doing, including getting on the roof to remove branches from the ever-shedding cottonwood trees. She couldn't stop, and often confided that she would never stop, being active.
The only exception to her love of activity, nature and the animals (aka critters) was the love for her family. She even joined social media to keep up on the lives of her family. She left an incredible legacy of exploration, love for nature and the outdoors and determination…determination to never stop doing what you love and never stop pursuing what makes you happy.
Surviving Evadean are her two sons, Anthony Bauer of Boise, and Andrew Richard (Gina) Bauer of Driggs, Idaho, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; sister Doreen; two daughters, Karen and Gay Lynne; daughter-in-law, Christine Bauer; and nephew, Cody Herbst.
Every Labor Day Evadean and Jim used to share their place with friends and family to celebrate birthdays and truly to celebrate life itself. They enjoyed company and absolutely loved their friends and family. After Jim's passing in 2001, Evadean continued the tradition.
Evadean worked tirelessly to make sure her property and food were perfectly prepared to provide a relaxing and inviting experience for all to enjoy. Homemade sourdough buns and BBQ were crafted to perfection! Therefore, to properly honor the life of Evadean Bauer, the family is having a celebration of life at her home on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 2-4 p.m.
In lieu of cards and flowers, the family suggests/requests contributions in her honor be made to "Mackay EMTs" and sent to P.O. Box 37, Mackay, ID 83251.
Published in The Morning News on Aug. 29, 2017
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