Mary Heiner Bauer

August 14, 1932 - May 8, 2023

Mary Katherine Heiner Bauer was born August 14, 1932, to Adolph Heiner, Sr and Lydia Schiesler Heiner in Beaumont Texas. Mary was brought to Jesus in Holy Baptism on September 18, 1932, at St. John Lutheran Church in Beaumont, Texas where she publicly affirmed her faith in the rite of Confirmation on April 25, 1945.

She was joined in marriage to Robert Bauer on June 26, 1949, at St John Lutheran Church in Beaumont. She devoted herself to her Lord, to her family, and to their rice farm and cattle ranch. In 1973, they became charter members of Hope Lutheran Church in Winnie, Texas. Mary was involved in many activities at the church. She was very active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, enjoying many district and national conventions. She and Robert also supported Concordia Lutheran University in Austin in many ways. She served as a 4-H leader for many years in Nome, Texas teaching many cooking and sewing classes. She was a proud graduate of South Park High School Class of 1949 and enjoyed lunch gatherings with her classmates for many years. Her yeast rolls were expected at the monthly lunch and games with her longtime friends in Nome. She took great joy in providing food for many, especially her Maple Pecan Ring. She also was active in the Winnie community and frequently visited friends at the Arboretum.

Survivors include her children, Carol Walther and husband, Michael, of Maryville, Illinois; Janet Taylor and husband, Tim, of Houston; and Linda Bauer, of Bastrop; daughter-in-law, Christie Bauer of Winnie; fifteen grandchildren, Gerald Bauer, Sherri Tidwell, Jennifer Abshire, Brandon Erickson, Katherine Dube, Emily Penney, Jonathan Erickson, Aaron Walther, David Walther, Paul Walther, Stephen Walther, Lydia Walther, Travis Taylor, Everett Taylor, and Grant Taylor; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward Bauer; parents; children, Jack Bauer and Marilyn Erickson; and great-great-grandson, Allen Mengers. The entire Bauer family is grateful for the care and service of Mitzi Hoverson, allowing Mary to live independently.

A gathering of Mrs. Bauer’s family and friends will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 11, 2023, at Broussard’s, 134 West Buccaneer Drive, Winnie. Her funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 12, 2023, at Hope Lutheran Church, 1322 9th Avenue, Winnie, with her interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery, Winnie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Bauer’s honor may be made to Hope Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 701, Winnie, Texas 77665, or a charity of your choice.


Download Program

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Winnie
  • 134, Buccaneer Drive, Winnie, Texas, 77665,
  • May 11, 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Funeral Service

Hope Lutheran Church
  • 1322, 9th St, Winnie, TX, 77665,
  • May 12, 2023
  • 11:00 am


Fairview Cemetery
  • , , Winnie, TX, 77665,
  • May 12, 2023

Comments (13)

    Kay Nolte Abernathy says:

    The Bauers are long time family friends for all Lanfords, Noltes, and many other rice farming families. I especially have fond memories of the Bauer children from school: Jack, and Marilyn. Carol, Janet, and Linda. All are extraordinary people from our lives. Love to all and pleasant memories.

    Sharon Metcalf says:

    I remember Mary with a kind, sweet, loving smile on her face. She loved her family, and I know you all will miss her greatly. My love and prayers are with her family.

    Lucy Holst says:

    There was never a time that I saw Mary that she wouldn’t speak. So kind and a special lady. She lived a wonderful life and raised a great family. Prayers for the family.

    Tommye Hodges says:

    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Mary in 4-H and community events. She was a Great Christian Lady and special to all who knew her. Rest in peace Mary! Prayers of comfort and peace to all of family.

    Teresa Attaway Dumphy says:

    Dear, sweet Mrs. Bauer. She raised a wonderful family and was so gracious and hospitable to me when I would spend the night with Marilyn in my high school days. My sincere condolences to Carol, Janet, Linda, Christie and all the grands. I know you all will miss her very much.

    gerry kirkland says:

    Sorry too hear about Mary, Mrs. Bauer passing away, She was one of the sweetest ladies and always had a smile. Prayers for all.

    Larry Meissner says:

    What a life! What a legacy! The Bauer family has been so gracious in supporting my work. And Mary, the tireless, generous matriarch, joyfully gave so much of her energy and encouragement during my times at their farm/ranch. May God bless the family and give comfort in this difficult time.

    Joyce Labay says:

    Mary was a dear friend to all of us at our monthly luncheon in Nome. We will miss her sweet smile and of course her delicious rolls. Prayers to her family.

    Joyce+Lowrey says:

    Love to the family. God Bless.

    Mazie+East says:

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs. Mary was a beautiful, gracious lady and will be greatly missed. May she Rest in Peace!

    Lea J Cossey says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Vanessa Revia says:

    Mrs. Bauer was a sweet lady. She will be missed . Heaven has received a lovely angel.

    Alice and Alvin Simon says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. She was a sweet lady.

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