Doris Lillian Paxton Bauder peacefully went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2008, surrounded by her three daughters and friends. She was 91.Informal celebrations of her life have been attended by family and friends in various locations, including Freedom Village in Lake Forest where she lived for the past 10 years, as well as San Diego and Big Bend Campgrounds near Yosemite. She loved all these people and places. She loved life.
Doris, who grew up in poverty as a result of her father abandoning the family in her young life, learned self-reliance and compassion from her mother, who raised three girls alone. Doris would need these traits later in life when her husband Bob contracted polio at age 33. She saved his life by nursing him through 21 major operations and rehabilitations, all the while keeping her family together, happy and healthy. She also found time to volunteer with Girl Scouts, church, the local mental health chapter and as a pollworker. When Doris and Bob had an empty nest, they loved traveling to Hawaii and various places in Europe.
Doris was known for trying and being good at various arts and crafts like cloisonne, acrylic painting, watercolor, Chinese brush painting and saikei. Her favorite times of year where Christmas and Fourth of July, when she would gather the family together for a barbecue and fireworks ” the bigger and louder the better.
She had a way with kids and was especially delighted when young great-grandchildren would use her cane handle as a microphone, draw her a special picture and tell her all about it, and when they shared hugs with her. She served and encouraged others generously with graciousness and humor.
At the end, when a nurse was tending to a palm-sized wound on her arm which was excruciatingly painful, she always thanked the nurse by saying, “Thank you … I think” without a hint of sarcasm in her voice.
When she was almost too weak to talk a visiting pastor had stayed too long, and she was tired so she suggested maybe he could visit some other rooms, too. When he said, “Oh, I must have chewed your ear off,” she replied as she reached up to her right ear, “Well, not this one.” She leaves a legacy of living a life of love for the Lord, family and others, relying on Him as her refuge and strength.
She is survived by her three daughters, Susan Reynolds of Nevada City, Carol Kyle of San Diego, and Jan and Gary Van Wagner of Newark, Texas; grandchildren Ron and Carie Reynolds, Chris and Janis Reynolds, Diana and Mark Baldwin, Mark and Nela Kyle, Krischena and David Reid, Jason and Daystar Van Wagner, Sharon and Marcus Kenny, Jenifer and Eddie Richard; great-granddaughters Ashley, Megan, Cydney, Braeden, Cierra, Cameryn, Lauren, Maddie, McKenzie, Avery; great-grandsons Logan, Andrew, Ethan, Lucas; and great-great-granddaughter, Jayden.
She was married to Robert Sidney Bauder for 62 years until he died in 2001. She was predeceased by her mother, Lillian Norene McKay Paxton and her sisters, Dwaine Walther and Martha Ransom.
All who knew her will miss Doris’ example of faith, her sense of fun, her sweetness and gentle humor. Her family is thankful for her life and as Christians, we look forward to being reunited with her in heaven, forever.
To honor her love of the Lord and of children, contributions (which will be used for tuition assistance for academic and/or behavior leaders) may be made to nonprofit Sierra Christian School, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, CA 95959, with a note,”In memory of Doris Bauder.”
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