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Thelma Ellen Baer, 89, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Monday, April 16, 2012, at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville. Thelma was born February 22, 1923, in Boynton, Mo., the daughter of William Jessie and Edith (Baumgardner) Rodgers. She grew up in the Milan, Missouri area. Thelma married Harold Lee Baer on November 20, 1961, in Kansas City, Missouri. She lived in Kansas City before moving to Peculiar in 1969, and moved to Harrisonville in 1991. Thelma was a member of the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville and the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Harrisonville hospital. Thelma lived a life of service to family and friends. She did not know a stranger and always took time to make sure the needs of others were satisfied before her own. Her lessons of service and charity will be cherished and carried on by many. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Harold, on February 25, 2000. She is survived by two sons, Rex Baer, Harrisonville, Mo. and Roger Hubbard, Raymore, Mo.; one daughter, Pat Brewer, Pasco, Washington; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville with visitation from 10:00-11:00. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Advent Evangelical Church Cemetery in Moniteau County, Missouri. (Cremation). Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Women, Harrisonville, Missouri. Arrangements under the direction of Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Mo. Online condolences may be made to atkinsonfuneralhome.com.
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