Erma Baugh died on All Saint's Day on November 1, 2010. She was the saint of a marriage with a man who was a Chief Torpedo Man in the "Silent Service" of the U.S. Navy during WWII.
A marriage that was blessed with 3 sons who survived her in death; Bruce W. Baugh, Wichita,
KS, John E. Baugh, Manhattan, KS, and James R. Baugh, Olsburg, KS. Her husband Robert C.
Baugh preceded her in death in 1997.
She was the first in her family, a family of Swiss from the town of Bern, Kansas to graduate from Kansas State University with a degree in Home Economics in 1944. She refused to marry until the end of WWII. Following the war she entered into a loving marriage with Robert C. Baugh.
The couple first retired from the U.S. Navy in 1957 with Robert Baugh completing 20 years of
military service at the age of 38. Erma returned to the Manhattan, Kansas school system teaching Home Economics in both junior and senior high school in the Manhattan School District. While teaching and helping to support her family, her husband Robert completed a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University, graduating in 1965.
In 1965 with 2 of 3 sons Erma accompanied Robert to Nigeria, Africa where Robert was an instructor at Amudu Bello University, College of Veterinary Medicine. This was a joint effort
put forth by the USAID (Agency for International Development) by both Cornell University and
Kansas State University. Upon return to the U.S. Erma taught again briefly in the Manhattan School system before taking early retirement to take her final job in the home.
Her husband Robert continued with Kansas State University Veterinary College also taking early
retirement at the age of 62 in 1981. Together they spent the last years at the home they built in Olsburg, Kansas while also traveling all 50 states during Kansas' hot summer months.
Erma died on her own terms in her own home without pain, in her sleep shortly after sunrise
accompanied by her youngest son and caregiver and with the help of Manhattan Homecare &
Hospice. Rejoice in her passing and do
not have sorrow for she
would not wish that.