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Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary & Cemetery

800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, NV

OBITUARY

Mary Elizabeth Baer

March 15, 1960June 24, 2020
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Mary Elizabeth Baer passed away June 24, 2020 at her home in Henderson, NV after a long-fought battle with cancer. Mary was born on March 15, 1960 in Provo, Utah, the second of five children, to Iva and Larry Baer. She spent much of her childhood in North Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as Elko, NV. After graduating from Elko High School in 1978, Mary received an associates degree from Dixie College in 1980. Following college graduation, Mary returned to Elko to work for the City of Elko for 10 years.

Mary formed strong bonds in Elko and established many dear, life-long friendships. Feeling the need to be closer to family, Mary moved to Henderson, NV in 1990, where she lived and worked for the remainder of her life. Mary was well-loved at her workplace, the City of Henderson, where she held many positions, most recently as a Real Property Agent in the Public Works Department. She was devoted to her work, having recently received her 30-year pin for her service to the city.

Mary was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mary's faith in Jesus Christ was of utmost importance in her life. She served faithfully in many callings. If asked, she would tell you that some of her favorite callings involved serving in the Primary (the children's program of the Church)--especially as Sister Friendly. She also had fond memories of "her Sunbeams" and pictures of those children--now young adults-can be found around her home.

Mary had many interests and hobbies--most notably crafting of all types and baking cookies or other fun treats with her nieces and nephews. If you ever needed a specific cookie cutter, Mary was the person to ask! Mary enjoyed attending BYU's Education Week annually. While in Provo, she hosted a dinner for all available siblings, nieces, nephews, and their children at Los Hermanos. This became a beloved annual tradition. Treating nieces and nephews to movies was another of Mary's favorite pastimes. Keeping physically fit was important to her. Jazzercise was one of her favorite ways to keep in shape and through the years she made many friends from her exercise classes. Mary also liked to travel and took many enjoyable trips both with family and with friends. Some of her favorites included visiting Israel, touring different European countries with her travel group almost every summer, several trips to explore the eastern United States with her nephew Jeremy's family and many trips to Disneyland. Her most recent trip included visiting the new Rome, Italy temple, for which she was very grateful.

While Mary never married nor had children of her own, she adored her many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews. Her walls are lined photos of happy memories captured with her family. She was present in their lives and spent as much time with them as she could. Aunt Mary, or Favoritest Aunt Mary, as she liked to refer to herself, was very proud of her nieces and nephews and was sure to brag about them to her friends and coworkers. Mary was also devoted to family history and had a great love of her ancestors. She worked hard to make sure their lives and histories were recorded and shared.

Mary is preceded in death by her mother, Iva Baer. She is survived by her father, Larry Baer of Kanab, UT; sister Laura (Kevin) Coe of Henderson, NV; brother Lawrence (Becky) Baer of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; sister Kathryn (Scott) King of Kanab, UT; brother William (Lisa) Baer of Osceola, IN. She is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews (plus their spouses, whom she adopted as her own) and 26 great nieces and nephews.

While we are saddened by this earthly parting, we have a strong conviction that we will see dear Mary again.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, July 2 at Palm Mortuary Boulder Highway, 800 S Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89015 from 4 pm to 7 pm. Masks and social distancing are requested where possible. Due to current restrictions on public gatherings, a private funeral service will be held on Friday, July 3 at 10 am. However, the services can be viewed via Facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/PalmBoulderHighway/.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your favorite charity. If you prefer, Mary's charity of choice was the Perpetual Education Fund for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. https://www.churchofiesuschrist.org/self-reliance/pef-perpetual-education-fund?lang=eng

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmboulderhighway.com for the Baer family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 3, 2020

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Jackie Brennan

July 6, 2020

I met Mary while I worked for the City of Henderson. We worked a lot with each other concerning her job.
I would pick up maps from her to take to the recorders office. She was very detailed on her items and I knew if she did the map or paper work I wouldn't have to bring it back because something was wrong.
She was a quiet person but we talked about crafting a lot.
She will be missed greatly.

Lynette Davis

July 3, 2020

Mary is loved by many friends in Elko. She had an impact on the lives of those in church, her job, and her exercise classes, as well as any random person she encountered. Mary and I became friends as visiting teaching companions. We managed to turn that church assignment into the most memorable day of the month. We spent long hours with less active members, but usually ended our visits with dinner or ice cream.
Mary loved being the "head cheerleader" for the "Mormon" section at Elko High School football and basketball games.
Mary is the example of pure love for the Savior. Her work continues I am certain. Love you, Mary.Fly high.

Eliz Goodfellow

July 2, 2020

My first memory of Mary was in Relief Society, she was conducting and I was a new move in. She looked at me and asked me point blank how long I was planning on staying in the ward - since I had just bought a home I told her 30 years. I think she took a shine to me ever since that moment.
Mary has been a big influence on my daughter, Remi. She played the part of Sister Friendly in primary and Remi knew she was a favorite when Mary would always call on her for an answer. Mary spoke at Remi’s baptism and when it was time for Remi to start visit teaching - Mary became her companion.
Thank you Mary for your friendship and love to me and my family - I am really going to miss you.

Christine Kidd

July 2, 2020

I met Mary at the city more than 24 years ago and we became instant friends. We would share stories of our nieces and nephews and have friendly competitions about who had the best “kids”. It was easy to see how much she loved her family. Condolences to her family and friends.
Dear Mary, I’ll miss our birthday lunches and your laugh. Rest In Peace my friend.

Debbie Nelson

July 1, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Mary in Relief Society (our church Woman’s Organization). She was efficient, dedicated, spiritual, kind, spunky, knowledgeable on so many topics, well traveled, and a great example to me of how to be a better person. I am so grateful to have know her and been a friend.
She left a lasting impression, not only for me, but so many others. She is missed.

Michelle Larsen

July 1, 2020

I'm going to miss Mary. I was always so impressed with Mary's knowledge of the gospel combined with her faith and strong testimony. She put so much effort into teaching Sunday School and always did such a good job. I loved getting to know her by serving with her in a few different callings, especially in the Relief Society presidency. She was a great secretary and always made me laugh with some of the funny little things that she would put in the meeting minutes. She was so selfless and truly cared about others. The world is going to be a little less bright without her!

Fr Jim Bracke csc

July 1, 2020

I am deeply sorry for the loss of Mary and what an amazing person to grieve. I am the staff Chaplain at Notre Dame where Willie her brother works and his wife Lisa also.

Prayers and comfort be with you.
Fr Jim Bracke CSC
Staff Chaplain


Amanda Kern

June 30, 2020

I worked with Mary at the City of Henderson. I always enjoyed my talks with her about her family and her travels. She was a great person and I know she was well-loved by her coworkers. She will be missed at the City. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Robert Sanchez

June 30, 2020

I have worked with Mary for over two decades and found her to be such a nice and caring person. Mary’s knowledge of right of way as well the love for her many nieces and nephews was a joy to hear. Mary will be missed. Prayers to the family and friends.

Paula Harris

June 30, 2020

I have worked with Mary for 18 years in Public Works. She was the most detailed organized person I have ever worked with. Her knowledge of property items within the city is irreplaceable.

We became friends and spend many lunch hours eating in our conference room, discussing living in North Las Vegas as kids and my husbands family history and the ward he grew up in.

She also was our department craft person. She would make retirement photo books, make decorations for department parties, organized her team with their annual gingerbread house building contest at Christmas.

I could go on but I will close with this. I loved her dearly and will miss her. May she be in the arms of her angels, free of pain until she can be with family again.

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