Mary Louise Baumgartner

COLUMBIA — As she aged, Mary Louise Baumgartner’s mind stayed young.

“She had a sharp mind,” her daughter-in-law, Della Baumgartner, said. “She could tell you anything.”

Mrs. Baumgartner knew the birthdays of all her extended family, Della Baumgartner said, grandchildren and great-grandchildren included.

Mary Louise Baumgartner died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. She was 98.

She was born April 19, 1912, to William and Angeline (Enochs) Fristoe. She married Glenn Baumgartner on Aug. 2, 1937, in Columbia after relocating from Fulton.

Mrs. Baumgartner made a life out of caring for other people.

She worked as a nurse for more than 15 years, her oldest son, Lynn Bates said, including time spent at the Missouri School for the Deaf. She volunteered with the American Red Cross and the Columbia Blood Center.

She loved to be around family, especially her grandchildren.

Mrs. Baumgartner, who enjoyed playing the piano, singing and reading, was also a devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. She watched every game she could, Della Baumgartner said.

Mrs. Baumgartner is survived by her sons: Lynn and wife Marie Bates of Fulton, Larry and wife Pat Baumgartner of Millersburg,; Jim Baumgartner of Columbia,; Lewis and wife Janice Baumgartner of Millersburg,; and Richard and wife Della Baumgartner of Jefferson City.

Her husband, Glenn Baumgartner, and brother, Charles Fristoe, died earlier.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Debo Funeral Home in Fulton and will be conducted by Brother Bob Frey. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m.

Memorials can be sent to Millersburg Cemetery, in care of Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court St., P.O. Box 818, Fulton, MO 65251.

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