Born December 24, 1925, in Elmira Heights, New York, Mary Bauman was a beacon of resilience and dedication. Even during her early years, her determination was apparent as she became an accomplished tennis player in the Elmira City League in the 1930s and 1940s. Mary served her community through her commitment to special needs education, working as a Teacher's Aide for many years before retiring from BOCES in Horseheads, NY. Her life-long hobbies included painting, gardening, and bridge. They brought her great joy as did her beloved pets.\n\nThe bedrock of her family—Mary's children, grandchildren, and numerous dogs and two cats were the apple of her eye. She was a devoted mother to Stephanie Bauman, Bill Bauman (Alicia Risner Bauman), and Billie Bauman. Her love encompassed her cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth Bauman, and Matthew Bauman. Each of her nieces and nephew - Angie (Jack) Dzuris, Jane (Randy) Kochis, Patti (Carl) Salo, and John (Susan) Michalko held a special place in her heart. \n\nMary was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Tekla (Tillie) Yamelski, her beloved husband, William Bauman, her siblings: Anna Emelski, Harry (Stella) Emelski, Helen (John) Michalko and Steve (Florence) Emelski, and her nieces and nephews: Julie (Paul) Michalko Desormeaux, Greg Emelski, and Jean (Paul)Horton. In the words of the poet, Emily Dickinson, "Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality." Mary's love will live on through her family, her inspiring resilience, and her lasting imprint on the community.\n\nWe invite all who knew Mary to leave memories and upload photos to her memorial page. Let's celebrate her life, her resilience, her dedication, and her unwavering support for her family and community. Mary will always remain in our hearts. Her journey might have ended, but her spirit lives on. Mary's wish was for a private service at the family's convenience. Those wishing to make a contribution in Mary's memory, may give to the SPCA of Chemung County or a charity of one's own choice.