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Mother's attention never wavered from family

COLUMBIA — Hazel Baurichter will be remembered as a giving and gracious person, someone who remained in constant motion yet still managed to take care of the family farm.

"She worked from dawn until time for bed," her daughter Jane Howland said.

Hazel Baurichter of Columbia died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012. She was 93.

She was born Oct. 11, 1918, in Cozad, Neb., to Jacob and Florence (Briddle) Newcomer.

Mrs. Baurichter graduated from Kirksville High School in 1936 and Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University) in 1939 with a bachelor's degree in education and a minor in physical education, stemming from her interest in sports after playing basketball on a dirt court in high school. She completed two semesters of graduate work at the University of Missouri and was a member of Pi Omega Picq and Beta Sigma Phi.

She met her husband, Cletus Baurichter, in Chillicothe while she taught business education and coached girls basketball at Chillicothe High School, and he attended business college after returning from military service.

They were married on May 25, 1947, at First Baptist Church in Chillicothe.

After moving to Columbia, Mrs. Baurichter worked in the business office at Stephens College for a brief time before beginning her career as a homemaker.

Later, she worked as a librarian at Rock Bridge Elementary School and as a volunteer librarian at Memorial Baptist Church. She was a member of the Ophelia Shepard Extension Club, a leader in the Rock Bridge 4-H Club and a Sunday school teacher at Memorial Baptist Church.

But throughout all her jobs and volunteering, Howland remembers how Mrs. Baurichter's attention never wavered from her family.

"I remember constantly telling her, 'You're the best mommy I could ever have,'" Howland said.

In addition to cooking "quarts and quarts of green beans," Howland said, Mrs. Baurichter loved to make quilts, especially designing and creating one for each of her children and later her grandchildren.

She also enjoyed quilling, reading and following the St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri basketball team on television.

Mrs. Baurichter is survived by her husband, Cletus Baurichter, of Columbia; daughters Lynne Wilson and Jane Howland; sons Stephen Baurichter and John Baurichter; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

One brother and one granddaughter, Melissa Howland, died earlier.

A private burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Memorial Baptist Church, 1634 Paris Road.

The family wishes to express special thanks to Kathi Rios, who was Mrs. Baurichter's Boone Hospital Center home health aide for nine years.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Upward Basketball program at Memorial Baptist Church, 1634 Paris Road, Columbia, MO 65201, or Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1, Harrisburg, MO 65256.

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