0llie Emma Bauman, 105, of Sabetha was called Home on Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Sabetha Manor where she had been a resident since August 28, 2003.
0llie was born January 6, 1906 at the family farm near Sabetha, daughter of Rudolph Marthaler and Nell (Zimmerman) Marthaler. She attended Eureka school. 0llie was united in marriage to William R. (Bill) Bauman on February 22, 1928 at Hiawatha, Kansas. To this union were born three daughters, Nellie Beckwith of Bern, Wilma Ackerman, and Roma Hervey of Sabetha.
No stranger to trials, her own mother died when 0llie was only 4 years old. In the century since, 0llie has blessed many lives with her steadfastness, her loyalty and her love for friends and family.
To keep this amazing life in perspective, consider that when 0llie was a young child, San Francisco suffered a massive earthquake and Oklahoma became a state. She was a toddler when the Ford Model T was introduced to the market and the FBI was established. 0llie was an energetic 4-year old when the Boy Scouts of America was first chartered and the first-ever Indianapolis 500 was held. She was 6 years old when the Titanic sank and New Mexico and Arizona gained statehood, and just 7 when Federal Income Tax was established.
Even though her beautiful eyes witnessed the entire transition from horse-drawn transportation and farming methods to today's technology, 0llie's character remained consistent throughout. She was a loving wife and mother who always placed the needs of her family above her own. As grandchildren entered the family, 0llie and Bill developed cherished and special relationships with them as individuals, shaping those lives in valuable ways.
0llie loved working with her hands and especially enjoyed creating crafts with friends and family. She hand-painted hundreds of pieces of ceramic pottery many of which are now cherished family keepsakes. 0llie stitched quilt after quilt for her family until every grandchild had their very own heirloom memory of Grandma 0llie's love and creativity. Ollie was a long time member of the United Methodist Church and enjoyed many years of service, especially in the kitchen.
The family business, the Sabetha Livestock Auction, was an important part of Ollie’s life as well. For decades, Saturdays would find her frying hamburgers (said by many diners to be the “best ever”!) and serving them and homemade pie to customers, employees, family and visitors at the Sale Barn Cafe. Numerous grandkids and a few great grandkids learned a lot about customer service behind that counter from Grandma Ollie.
Ollie will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William in 1976, one grandson, Roger Ackerman in 1978, and one son-in-law, Dwight Beckwith in 1988, and brother, Ira Marthaler in 1966. Survivors include daughters Nellie Beckwith of Bern, Wilma Ackerman and husband George of Sabetha, Roma Hervey and husband John of Sabetha; 10 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren, a nehew, Robert Marthaler of Sabetha.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church in Sabetha. The family will greet friends one hour prior to service time. Interment will take place at the Sabetha Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund.