CAIRO — Margaret Elizabeth Bauer, 97, of Centralia, formerly of Cairo passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.

She was born March 26, 1920, to Charles and Mary Elsie (Kendall) Denton.

She married Harry “Jack” Bauer on Dec. 24, 1942, in Blytheville, Arkansas and they enjoyed 74 years of love and companionship. He preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 2016.

Margaret was a graduate of Olive Branch High School and Southern Illinois University. She taught school for many years at Elmwood, Douglas, and Bennett Elementary Schools. She was an active member of the Tigert Memorial Methodist Church and enjoyed many years of fun with the friends she made there.

Survivors include a son, Richard "Dickie" Bauer (Denise) of South Fulton, Tennessee; a daughter, Carla Bauer (David Fell) of Centralia; two grandchildren, Casey Dixon and Mark Bauer and a great-grandson, Gavin Dixon, all of Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Visitation will be from noon until the time of service Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018 at Crain Funeral Home in Cairo.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Doug Atkins officiating. Interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery in Mounds.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Tigert Memorial United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.crainsonline.com.

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