Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park Cemetery/Columbia
1217 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO
Virginia Sue Bader
January 9, 1928 – February 24, 2020
Virginia Sue Bader, 92, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2020 at The Bluffs in Columbia, MO.
Sue was born on January 9, 1928 in Solider, KS, the daughter of Christian and Beulah (Johnston) Baertch who preceded her in death.
She grew up on the family’s farm in Soldier during the great depression, an experience that had a lasting impression on her life. She graduated from Soldier High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan in 1949. She married Robert Smith Bader in 1948 with whom she had four sons. They later divorced.
Sue is survived by her sons; Douglas (Gail) Bader, of Alton, IL, Jonathan (Ann) Bader, of DeForest, WI, Eric (Valerie) Bader, of Columbia, MO, and Joel (Rebecca) Bader, of Columbia, MO, a sister Mary Rumsey, of Madison, WI, nine grandchildren; Christina, Emma, Sarah, Mira, Shireen, Allison, Reece, Olivia, and Sophia, six great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Sue was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Ann Baertch and Carolee Clowers.
Prior to having children, she worked as a hospital nutritionist in Chicago. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, bird watching and was an avid reader. She had a deep commitment to ethical values, human equality, and responsible stewardship of the environment. She was involved with the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Ethical Society of St Louis, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. She was a skilled seamstress, volunteering her talents at the Repertoire Theater in St. Louis.
Sue was a most loving, selfless and patient mother and grandmother who greatly enjoyed her family - always interested in their accomplishments, struggles or events, no matter how great or small. We’ll greatly miss her kindness, ready laugh, her loving words of encouragement, appreciation and support. The family is especially thankful for the loving care given Sue by the staff at the Bluffs and at Candlelight Lodge Assisted Living in Columbia.
Visitation and Memorial Services will be held at a later date, at the Unitarian Universalist Church with Rev. Molly Housh Gordon officiating. Private burial will be at a later date in Solider, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County or the Missouri Rural Crisis Center in c/o Memorial Funeral Home.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Virginia Sue Bader
March 6, 2020
Looking through my memories, I just found another picture of Sue and the UU participants in the October 2013 CROP Walk to benefit people in need. More proof of a woman who walked the talk.
March 6, 2020
Sue was a warm & caring woman & I will miss our talks. She genuinely enjoyed hearing about my life & travels. She was a friend to my mother at the Columbia Senior Center & they shared many hours together until my mother's death in February 2019. I missed Sue's smiling face & friendship when she was unable to continue coming for seminars, music, lunch & bingo. I know she & mom will continue to be friends in heaven & know that they're both at peace with loved ones till we meet again.
Thoughts & prayers for her family.
March 2, 2020
I met Sue at the UU Church- we shared kitchen duty. Sue was one of those people I looked forward to seeing. She was friendly, supportive and had a sense of humor. The world is a little less with Sue gone. I will remember her fondly.
March 1, 2020
Thank you for sharing a photo of Sue's wonderful smile. I've seen many comments about her gentle kindness, yet what I loved most was her emphatically-stated opinions. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations during our trip to Kansas in 2015, and I wish I'd had the opportunity to travel with her more. She holds a special place in my heart.