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Barbara Bauman
December 24, 1940 - October 1, 2022

Residence: Helena, MT formerly of Fairview, MT

Born December 24, 1940, Barb was the second of four children of German immigrants Elizabeth Langwald Weber and Joseph Weber. During her childhood she loved working with her father on the family farm south of Fairview, Montana.

Barb was the homecoming and prom queen her senior year at Fairview High, but was quick to say “there weren’t many girls in my class.” Her classmates knew her to be kind and beautiful, especially her high school sweetheart Johnny Bauman whom she later married.

After high school Barb moved to Williston, North Dakota and worked as a secretary for the Job Service until becoming engaged to John two years later. John’s parents weren’t too keen on their son marrying a Catholic, so John quit farming and moved to Billings where he got a job and found an apartment for Barb to live until they were married – which happened on December 3, 1960 in Billings.

A change of heart by John’s parents, and a subsequent heart attack of his father, brought the newly married couple back to Fairview to work at the Bauman family farm in East Fairview, North Dakota. Barb worked on the farm – running the business side of things, driving beet truck, and keeping everyone fed – while also working for the Soil Conservation Service in Fairview. Barbara was never a stranger to hard work.

Once the children came, her work at the Soil Conservation Service ended. Barb and John raised three girls on the family farm – Diane, Chris, and Jeanne – whom they taught independence and a strong work ethic.

Then, in 1982, with the girls mostly raised, Barb was asked to join a newly formed company that ignited a passion she didn’t know she had – computers! On Line Computer Service hired her to do bookwork for businesses in Fairview and Sidney. She learned the ins and outs of computing at the dawn of the computer age. She said it was a very exciting time! In her final years of life, as her health declined, she was always tickled to see the surprised and impressed looks on her medical providers’ faces when this white haired 80-year-old lady was fluent in their medical web portals.

Barb was a voracious reader, never without a book and later her Kindle, and loved playing games of any kind. She was particularly a wiz at computer games. A favorite memory her youngest daughter has with her mom is the Christmas that an Atari machine was under the tree. Barb played it as much as Jeanne did, and they together played Pac-Man until the score hit the highest it could go and reset back to zero. Then later Barb played with her grandsons Adam and Drew…upgrading from Atari to Nintendo. Barb’s oldest grandson Adam bragged to his friends that his Granny conquered Super Mario Brothers and the Legend of Zelda before he did. Her other grandson Drew added that she was a cool a** Granny – he called her the O.G. “Original Granny!”

After her work at On Line Computer Service concluded, in the early 1990s at the age of 50 Barb started a new career – working in the McKenzie County Tax Assessors Office in Watford City, North Dakota. A few years later she was promoted and served as the County Tax Director for twelve years. When no one else volunteered, Barb took on the McKenzie County mapping project that was necessary for implementing the 911 Emergency Service in the county. She enjoyed and found satisfaction in her work for McKenzie County, and was well respected by her colleagues whom she considered friends.

Barb’s community service included the Yellowstone Township Board, Sioux-Yellowstone Fire District Board, McKenzie County Social Services Board, a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance tax preparer, and St. Catherine’s Catholic Church Finance Council. She loved her Catholic faith and the St. Catherine parish community.

Barbara Bauman passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, October 1, 2022, from therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome, a complication resulting from cancer treatments she received two years earlier. Barb was a resident of Fairview, Montana and East Fairview, North Dakota for nearly all her life.

She is survived by her daughters Diane Shannon (Gene Wildman), Christine Harris (Paul), and Jeanne Saarinen; grandchildren Adam (Tiffanee) Zelka with great granddaughters Maddie, Callie, Chloe and Macey; Drew Zelka (Marissa Pederson); and Samantha (Joe) Darnell. Also surviving are Barb’s three siblings Betty Wright, Margie (Chris) Pappas, and Mike (Rosemary) Weber. Preceding Barb in death are her parents, her husband John Bauman, nephew Marcus Weber, brother-in-law Clay Wright, and son-in-law Todd Saarinen. Barb loved her family very much.

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Paul and joan eldridge (Fairview, Mt)
Oct 3, 2022
Condolences to the family of Barb. She was a wonderful person. She will be missed by many.
Ann Johnsrud
Oct 3, 2022
Bauman family,
I worked with Barb at McKenzie County for many years. She was always so gentle and kind, and she had a great laugh! I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories of her bring you smiles and peace. She was such a good person.
John & Elaine (Asbeck) Whitman (BILLINGS, MT)
Oct 3, 2022
We extend our heartfelt sympathy & prayers to the Bauman & Weber families in the loss of your mother & sister. I have many fond memories of Barb & her siblings while growing up as farming neighbors along with our German heritage connections. May God grant all of you peace, comfort, & strength during this difficult time.
Linda Vasseur (The Villages, FL)
Oct 3, 2022
Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
We will continue praying for you from our hearts.
Nancy Wisness (WATFORD CITY, North Dakota)
Oct 3, 2022
Barb was a wonderful, kind, and caring person. She never had a bad word to say about anyone. We had many good times while working at the courthouse. I am sad to learn that she has died. I will always remember her for her sense of humor and her positive outlook on life.
Stacy Arnegard (ARNEGARD, ND)
Oct 3, 2022
Barb was such a lovely lady! She was always full of joy and I enjoyed visiting with her. (I worked at the county while she did). Sympathies!
Sue Elletson Treider (Williston, North Dakota)
Oct 3, 2022
Diane and family so sorry to hear about your mom sending hugs and prayers.
Lin Noble (Casa Grande, AZ)
Oct 4, 2022
We were saddened to hear of Barb's passing. She always had a smile on her face and an upbeat attitude. Always a hard worker yet ready for some fun. Our condolences to the family.
Lin and Jim
Shelly Lester Obergfell (Fairview, MT)
Oct 5, 2022
Chris, Diane, & Jeanne, so sorry to hear about your mom passing away. I have fond memories of staying at your house! I always enjoyed speaking to Barb when I would see her uptown. Take care. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Lisa Simmons (Lyndhurst , Va)
Oct 10, 2022
Sending love to all.
Lynette Leininger (Fairview, MT)
Oct 10, 2022
Bauman Family,
We are saddened by Barb’s passing, she was a very kind and nice person. She will be greatly missed.
Eric & Lynette
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