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May Elizabeth (Woodruff) Baumann

May Elizabeth (Woodruff) Baumann    May Elizabeth (Woodruff) Baumann, 90, passed away Nov. 24, at the Pondera Medical Center of natural causes. Her funeral service was held Nov. 30, at Pondera Valley Lutheran Church, with Pastor Jeff Redlin officiating. Burial followed at Hillside Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
    May is survived by 3 daughters, Elsie Archer, of Conrad, Nancy Herman, of Tacoma, Wash., and Beatrice (Mark) Stockwell, of Brier, Wash.; one son, William L. Baumann, of Tacoma; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Earl C. Baumann, brother Clarence Woodruff, 2 granddaughters, 1 grandson and 1 great-grandchild.
    May was born Oct. 21, 1917 at the homestead near Galata, to Beatrice (Fowler) and Loren Woodruff. Following the death of her father, the family moved to the Marias River homestead of her grandparents. Her mother became a teacher to support the family, so she lived at and attended many country schools in Pondera County. She and Earl Baumann were married March 8, 1934, in Shelby.
    May worked at many jobs: waitress, grocery clerk, a partner of the Conrad Bowling Alley and doctor receptionist. She was an accomplished seamstress and “divinity” maker (much to friends and family’s delight). When time allowed, she was an avid reader also.
    Her family was the most important thing in her life and she treasured each and every event in their lives. She was the “family historian” and could remember names, date and places of a very large family and circle of friends. Her heart was big enough to hold everyone she met, leaving no strangers in her life.
    The highlight of her life was the celebration of her 90th birthday, held at the Moose Lodge, hosted by her grandchildren Jeri and Joey Berlanga and their daughters Priscilla and Taylor. Many of her cousins and family made her day special and it was this even that kept her going.
    May’s life was hard, but she maintained a sense of humor and endurance. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.