Mrs. Marilyn Grace Bauer

July 18, 1929February 26, 2011

Marilyn Grace Bauer went to be with the Lord on February 26, 2011 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimer’s dementia. She was born July 18, 1929 to Carl and Helen Gentner; she was a graduate of RJ Reynolds High School class of 1948, where she was active in the Drama club. Marrrying Isaac Wade Straughn, Jr. on June 21, 1948, they enjoyed more than 50 years together before his tragic death on April 7, 1999. However, God then blessed Marilyn with a marriage to Fred Bauer, her loving and devoted husband for close to 10 years. Active in a variety of activities, she had a passion for antiques which led to her involvement in the antique business where she owned and operated Reynolda Antique Gallery for close to 30 years. From her initial business, “Marvels from Marilyn”, to overseas buying trips, her zeal for antiques was eclipsed by her love of friends and family. Blessed with a multitude of dear friends spanning several decades, they golfed and travelled extensively. From Badin Lake to Grandfather Mountain, she slalomed, snow skied, hiked, watched birds, played tennis, and especially golfed where she rarely missed a 5 foot putt. In addition to her love of children, grandchildren, and extended family, there was a special place in her heart for the kindly staffs at Forsyth Country Club, Paul’s Italian Restaurant, and Mayberry’s. At the end of her life she was blessed with loving care from Candace, Lori, Connie, Wayne, and Kay along with the doctors and staff at Brookridge Retirement Community and the Sticht Center. Marilyn is survived by sisters, Connie Lewis of Charlotte, NC and Gloria Talley of Ararat, VA; daughter, Allison Joy Hall with husband Hank of Atlanta, GA with grandchildren, Jordan Ellis Hall and Lindsay Lorraine Hall; son, Clifton Wade Straughn, MD with wife Sandy of Anderson, SC and granddaughter, Evans Elise Straughn and Fred Bauer of the home. A visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. on March 1, 2011 at Vogler’s Funeral Home Reynolda Rd. Funeral service will be at Centenary United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m. on March 2, 2011. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to be made to The Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 1, 2011
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mrs. Marilyn Grace Bauer

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Shelly Jackson

March 3, 2011

Mr. Bauer,
I was saddened to learn of Mrs. Bauer's passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Brad and Valerie Millsaps

March 1, 2011

Dear Mr. Bauer,
Our hearts were saddened by the news of Marilyn's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers and on our hearts. May you feel the comfort and strength of our Lord's loving arms!

Val Martin

March 1, 2011

Mr Bauer- I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the passing of Mrs. Bauer. She was such a sweet person, and her presence put smiles on many faces. she was just so full of love and fun. When it was cold outside, she would rub her noise against mind and say " It's cold out there". I am very delighted to have met her. She will truly be missed a Forsyth Country Club. Stay bless, and know that Mrs. Bauers is at peace with the the Angels now.

Jeff Adams

March 1, 2011

Cliff, Sandy & Evans Straughn,
We extend our deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your mother and grandmother. Marilyn was truly blessed to have each of you as family members. May God bless your family abundantly.

March 1, 2011

Allison, we just heard about your Mom. I know this is a hard time for you and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Debbie and Craig

Nancy Dixon

March 1, 2011

Mr. Bauer - Marilyn was a beautiful, classy lady with a passion for life. She was blessed to have such a loving, devoted husband to share her life with. She will be greatly missed.

March 1, 2011

What a beautiful person. Marilyn will be missed at our Grandfather "cookouts" on the beach. We were lucky to know her. Our love to all of you. Mike and Pickett

Greg Talley

February 28, 2011

My aunt Marilyn was a classy lady. I am glad I got to reconnect with her these last few years. I will miss her.