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Marilyn Annette Bauman

September 4, 2022

Marilyn Annette Bauman was born March 8, 1936, in Naples, and passed away on August 13, 2022, of Alzheimer's disease. She was the first born of Evelyn (Krogseth) and Carl Cossairt. A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 13, at Faith Lutheran Church, 2915 South Montana Avenue, Caldwell, Idaho, with a luncheon to follow.

The Krogseths were immigrants from Norway and the Cossairts were immigrants from Holland and France. There were many relatives on both sides of the family who lived in the Naples area. Marilyn, with the help of her sisters, was able to put together extensive genealogies of both families. Marilyn and her extended family were long time members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bonners Ferry, where Marilyn was baptized, confirmed and eventually married.

Marilyn grew up in Naples, along with her sisters and brother Michael, who came along in 1946. The girls attended a one room schoolhouse for most of those early years. In 1950, when Marilyn was 14, the family moved to Bonners Ferry, where she attended and graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1954. She was an excellent student and was especially interested in history, literature and journalism.

After graduation, Marilyn decided on her own, against the wishes of her father, to ride the train to Minneapolis and enroll in the Northwest Institute of Medical Technology.

She graduated in 1955 as a certified medical and X-Ray technologist and was able to get a position working for a doctor in Spokane. In 1955, she married her high schoolrsweetheart, Jerry Bauman, and they lived in Spokane, where Jerry continued his pre-med studies at Gonzaga University.

Scot, their first born, arrived three weeks before graduation in 1958. Jerry was accepted to Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, so in the fall of 1958, Marilyn, Jerry and for month old Scot left for St. Louis in a 1949 Ford pulling a homemade, well used horse trailer with their few belongings.

Marilyn was able to get a job working for three prominent internists who also were clinical professors of medicine at the medical school. In addition to working long hours and moving five times in five years, she also took a few days off to have daughter Susan in 1961. In 1963, Marilyn, Jerry and family moved to Portland, Oregon, for an additional year of residency.

Their second daughter, Jennifer, was born in 1964 shortly before they moved to Caldwell to join Drs. Charles Kerrick, Jack Stecker and Don Price at the Family Medical Clinic.
Marilyn then became a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and was always a willing entertainer hosting many family and social activities. She loved to garden and tend her flowers, raspberries and grapes. Marilyn was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and served in numerous other capacities.

In 1972 Marilyn, along with several other Faith Lutheran members, was instrumental in promoting the sharing of their facility with Treasure Valley Christian Church, an arrangement which is now celebrating its 50th year.

In the mid1980's Marilyn began her community service in earnest serving on the Caldwell Parks and Recreation Committee, the City Planning and Zoning Committee and the Canyon County Planning and Zoning Committee. She eventually was elected to the Caldwell City Council, the first woman to ever serve in that capacity. She was honored by the Idaho Statesman as a Distinguished Citizen.

In the late 1970s, Marilyn served as the first president of the local chapter of Church Women United, an ecumenical movement concerned with peace and justice and eventually served on the National Board for eight years. She had occasion in the early 1990s to speak at the United Nations regarding their various programs. Marilyn was always very respectful, understanding and compassionate with others in her many activities, but she was also always firm in her own convictions.

Marilyn loved to travel, which she and Jerry were able to do often after he retired. They took several trips to Norway, visited every country in Europe, the island of Madeira, Japan, Thailand and Singapore and much of the U.S. and Canada. They also skied with friends at numerous ski resorts in the western U.,S. as well as Canada, France and Austria.

Another highlight for Marilyn was a trip to Alaska, where she landed numerous silver salmon on a fly rod. She was always ready for new challenges and adventures.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Michael and daughter Susan. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jerry, sister Audrey, Manhattan, Montana, and Bonners Ferry, sister Wanda Lefebvre (Collins), Vancouver, Washington, son Scot and daughter Jennifer, both of Caldwell, granddaughters Niki, Whitney and Kenzie, nine great grandchildren, soon to be 10, and one great great granddaughter.

Memorials for Marilyn can be made to Faith Lutheran Church. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com

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