In memory of
BAER, Nancy Lee Nancy Lee Baer, 71, long time resident of Atlanta, passed away Friday, November 11, 2016. Born in Sikeston, Missouri, she grew up in Somerville, New Jersey, Nancy attended college in Chico, California and graduated from University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Nancy was a Senior Manager in the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Service (DFCS). She oversaw the renovations and building of new offices; she learned about computers so she could produce the many statistical reports required to run the complex agency. She oversaw the multi-million dollar budget for food stamps, welfare, and Medicaid to ensure that people could buy food, pay the rent, and see a doctor. Nancy improved the lives of many in Fulton County and inspired those who worked with her and will live on in the lives of those she touched. Nancy created and endowed the Catherine D. Harvey Legacy Fund to provide resources to help struggling individuals and families become self-sustaining. She was quietly devoted to Emmaus House, working all year long to procure toys, games, gloves, hats, and blankets to ensure a joyous Christmas for the population it serves. Many other projects and charities frequently benefited from her talents and generosity. Nancy had a gift for bringing people together and organizing parties large and small to attend theater and concerts, enjoy seasonal activities, and share great food. Her friends eagerly anticipated her annual October luncheon which was know for its special group outing followed by a lovely meal and lively conversation. She helped retirees from DFCS stay in contact by organizing annual luncheons and sharing information. She was a gifted landscaper, as demonstrated by her enviable yard. Friends and neighbors were always delighted with the whimsical blow-ups and clever yard art she displayed. She worked with other members of the Church of the Epiphany to redesign the landscape at Epiphany Memorial Garden, making it a beautiful and peaceful place. Nancy was an avid bridge player and fierce poker player. She liked to watch women's basketball and play golf. She traveled fearlessly and extensively. She liked action/adventure movies, especially the ones with dragons. She loved to read books and listen to mystery stories in her car. Most of all she was devoted to her beloved pets, Katie and Abbie. Nancy was generous and funny, a great sister and friend. She was a living example of the power of joy, kindness, friendship and laughter. She thoroughly enjoyed her family and was devoted to her friends. Her goals in life were to make people happy and to have fun. She will be missed. Nancy was preceded in death by her life partner of over 35 years Catherine Harvey; father, Herbert Baer; mother, Ida Littleton, stepmother Lillian Baer; brother, Theodore Baer; stepbrother Ernest Heitman. Nancy is survived by her half-sister Barbara Baer of Pensacola, FL; half-brother Robert and Tina Baer, and children Philip, Tara, and Brayden of Fort Stewart, GA; step sister Pat Heitman of Buckhannon, WV; step brother George and Patty Heitman of Gypsy, WV; also some nieces and nephews: Michele and Tim Michaels of Buckhannon; Jason and Kristen Hiibbs, and daughter Naomi of Huntington, WV; Joseph and Brieanna Shreves of Camp Lejune, NC; Ashley Shreves of Camp Lejune, NC; Chris and MicKayla Michaels and daughter Oakee of Buckhannon, WV; Caitlin and Isaac Keenan, and son Wyatt of Fairmont, WV; and Devin Lemasters of Fairmont, WV. Nancy is also survived by Catherine's family Michael Harvey of McDonough, GA; Patrick Harvey of Brunswick, GA; Ann Senior of Brunswick, GA; Ellen and John Mills of Locust Grove, GA; also by several nieces and nephews: Kim and Scott Stephens, and children Ashley, Michael, and Jonathan of Augusta, GA; Becky and Loren "Red" Gravley, and children Emma and Ella of Brunswick, GA; Caitlin and Ray Malcolm, and children Mackenzie and Will of Zebulon, GA; Genevieve and David Smith, and children Hayleigh and Haeydden of Saint Marys, GA; and Neville Gossett, and children Bailey and Brooks Gossett, and Elle Mitchem of Locust Grove, GA. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at The Church of Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta Georgia, 30307. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to these charities: Emmaus House 1017 Hank Aaron Dr. SW Atlanta, GA, 30315. Or The Catherine Harvey Legacy Fund The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307.
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