In memory of
Bauss, Helen 5/18/1941 - 11/30/2018 Ann Arbor Helen Walker (Foster) Bauss was born to Thomas Walker Foster and Catherine Paterson Cousar on May 18th, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan. The daughter of Scottish immigrants, she was deeply proud of her Scottish heritage, as the ever present can of haggis in her cupboard implied. In 1960, she married Harvey Charles Bauss Jr., with whom she was in love with for 58 years. Together they had five children: Linley (Darrell) Harding, Harvey "Chuck" III, Thomas (Jill), Douglas (Kathryn), and David. A hard-worker from a young age, Helen modeled frequently as a child and teen (and took the occasional gig as an adult), worked at the University of Michigan while her husband was in school, and worked for some time at BalaDyne Corp. A genuine friend to all, Helen was set apart by her vivacious, welcoming nature, bold sense of humor, and bright smile. Her circle of influence was wide, touching the hearts of her neighbors and members of the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which she was actively involved. She was also a skilled and respected leader, having been appointed to serve as the head of her congregation's women's organization four separate times. For over 58 years, Ann Arbor, Michigan was Helen's home, where she raised a dedicated crowd of Wolverine fans despite being a proud Spartan herself. She moved away only twice: first, for several years as a young mother to live on Maui for her husband's work, and second, for a few years during retirement when she and her husband went to Nigeria and Ghana as missionaries. But while Michigan was home, Helen loved to travel with her husband Harvey, having visited every continent except Antarctica. Five years ago, her jet-setting days came to an end when she became bed-bound. But despite being unable to go out and see friends, her social life continued to push forward undaunted. Friends were near-permanent fixtures at her bedside, art from neighboring children decorated her walls, and caretakers became an extension of the family. Helen inspired love wherever she was. Shortly after 1:00 pm on Friday, November 30, 2018 and in the comfort of her home, surrounded by family, Helen departed this life to join her beloved parents and brothers. She is survived by her husband, five children, eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2018, from 2-4 and 6-8pm at Nie Funeral Home (3767 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor, MI), followed by a funeral service at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 10 AM. Located at 1385 Green Road in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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