Joanne was born March 15, 1926 to parents Jesse Earl Nixon and Lillian (Parsons) Nixon and grew up on the family farm in rural Eaton, Indiana. She graduated from Eaton High School in 1944 and from Ball State Teacher’s College in 1948 where she was a member of the Gamma Gamma Sorority (later Pi Beta Phi). Joanne marri…READ MORE
Joanne was born March 15, 1926 to parents Jesse Earl Nixon and Lillian (Parsons) Nixon and grew up on the family farm in rural Eaton, Indiana. She graduated from Eaton High School in 1944 and from Ball State Teacher’s College in 1948 where she was a member of the Gamma Gamma Sorority (later Pi Beta Phi). Joanne married John Robert (Bob) Baur of Eaton, Indiana in May 1951. They remained married for 64 years. Joanne met Bob in the second grade and their mothers, Mary Baur and Lillian Nixon, were lifelong friends. Just days after their marriage, Joanne and Bob sailed to Europe where they lived for a year while Bob continued his studies in Geneva, Switzerland on the GI bill.
Joanne taught Art and English in Summitville and later was a substitute teacher in the Muncie schools while raising her four children. Joanne was a member of the Monday Afternoon Club, Pi Beta Phi sorority, a 70-year member of High Street United Methodist Church, and a charter member of the Riley Jones Club. She was an artist, a boy scout den mother, and a loyal Ball State University alumna. As a founding member of the J. Robert and Joanne N Baur Foundation she contributed to education and philanthropic causes in the Delaware County area. As a caretaker of the historic Mount Zion Church in Delaware County, she and Bob were instrumental in restoring the church and cemetery in 1989. She was a loving Christian and generous to many people and causes believing there is “a time to learn, a time to earn, and a time to serve”.
Joanne and Bob enjoyed attending many Ball State events. A scholarship for Ball State students has been established in Joanne’s honor.
Throughout her life, Joanne worked alongside Bob in the family real estate business. She also worked full-time in the office of Muncie mayor Alan Wilson. She enjoyed following sports, business, and politics and attended a presidential inauguration ball in Washington, DC.
Joanne and Bob wintered in Houston, Texas and along the South Padre Gulf coast for several years. Summers were always spent on Lake Webster where Joanne enjoyed relaxing, boating, sailing, water skiing and spending time with family. Joanne loved playing tennis with friends and participating in bridge club. She learned to snow ski in the 1950’s and celebrated her 80th birthday skiing in Utah with her family. Joanne was active well into her 90’s and enjoyed traveling to spend time with family members. She was grateful for the many opportunities afforded her.
Most of all, Joanne was kind, caring, and devoted to her family and her family loved her dearly. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Robert (Bob) Baur and a sister Barbara (Nixon) Mathias. She leaves behind her children: John Robert (Bob) Baur Jr (Alisa) of Santa Barbara, CA; Michael Nixon Baur (Vicki) of Muncie, IN; Ann Baur Whitlatch (Jim) of Bloomington, IN; and Molly Baur of Santa Barbara, CA. She had six grandchildren: Elizabeth W. Gentry (Nathan); Elizabeth L. Baur; Benjamin M. Whitlatch (Claire); John R. Baur, III; Lauren B. Whitlatch; and Eli V. Baur, as well as one great granddaughter: Lillian L. Gentry. Also surviving are son Michael Baur’s ten step-children and fifteen step-grandchildren mostly in the Warsaw, IN area.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Westminster Village for the exceptional care Joanne received. Burial will be at Mount Zion Church and Cemetery at 1pm on Friday January 8, 2021 for immediate family members only. Memorial contributions can be made to Mount Zion Church, c/o Jim Borntrager, 22174 Northwood Hills, South Bend IN 46628, or to the Joanne N. Baur Scholarship Fund, c/o Amanda Court, Ball State University Foundation, 2800 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN 47304.HIDE