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Carol J Baumgartner
(05-17-1932 - 08-06-2010)

Carol J. Baumgartner, formerly of Elgin, IL. Visitation for Carol J. Baumgartner (nee Miller), 78, of Memphis, TN, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 15, at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 16 at Laird Funeral Home.
Carol passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully on Friday, August 6 at her home in Memphis.
Beloved wife of Robert L. Baumgartner, 83, formerly of Elgin, they recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. Carol was the loving mother of Sharon Baumgartner, Sandy Baumgartner, Rod (Beth) Baumgartner and several furry, four-legged children and grand-children.
Born May 17, 1932 in Dayton, KY, daughter of Aretta Mae and Jesse James Miller, Carol was one of 5 children: Betty (Bob) Ramler, Aretta Lee Huesman, Janice Miller who preceded her in death and Jack (Karen) Miller. She was a loving aunt to Denny Ramler, Patty (Tom) Thomas, Robin (Leon) Johnson, Janet (Steve) Doyle, Barbara (Tim) Singleton-Wigger, Janice Huesman who preceded her in death and David Huesman who preceded her in death.
She attended Dayton High School, and Baldwin-Wallace College. Carol worked as a secretary at Wadsworth Watch Case Co. in Dayton, KY, where she met her future husband Robert Baumgartner.
Carol and Robert raised their family in his home town of Elgin, where Carol was a founding member of a Homemakers Club chapter, a Girl Scout leader and a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was an employee of School District U46 in the 1960s and 1970s at Century Oaks School, U46 school-run public radio station WEPS and the U46 District Office.
After relocating to Memphis in 1981, Carol worked as a secretary for Campbell Clinic. In 1985 she joined the University of Tennessee, Department of Medicine. She transferred in 1988 to the Department of Research Administration, where she retired her full-time position in 1997 and remained a part-time employee.
Carol loved her immediate and extended family, friends and co-workers. Her beautiful smile and easy laugh were contagious. She was kind and giving to everyone she met, and loved by all who knew her including the animals she rescued over the years. She will be dearly missed.
Donations may be made in her memory to The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, 935 Farm Road, Memphis, TN 38134, or at memphishumane.org.
Plans for a memorial service in Memphis are pending and will be announced in the near future. 

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