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Carolyn Ann Bauer, 58
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Carolyn Ann Bauer, 58, passed away unexpectedly at her home in McMinnville on May 12. She was born in Lodi, Calif., on Aug. 31 to Merle and Mae Sinclair. 

She was raised in Galt, Calif., where she attended grade school and graduated from Galt High School in 1979. After graduating from high school, she then completed medical assisting school. She worked as a medical assistant and a phlebotomist for Roche Laboratories. Carolyn married the love of her life Ron in September 1985. Being the devoted mother she was, she took a break in her career to stay home and raise her two children. As her children got older, she went to work for Lodi Memorial Hospital. She had fond memories of coworkers, patients and the 15 + years she spent serving the LMH community. She relocated with her husband and family to Tennessee. She worked for LabCorp as a phlebotomist at Mountain View Medical in Woodbury. Words cannot express her love for Dr. Spurlock’s office. She would always refer to the patients as “her people” and would provide the same level of care she would want for her own family. 

Carolyn loved her family dearly. She spent her weekends with her children, catching up on the week and loving on her grandbaby. She was known for her sense of humor and her loving heart. She loved shopping, gardening, and most of all spending time with those she loved. 

She is survived by her mother Mae Schmidt, husband Ron Bauer, loving children Dana and Brian Bauer, her precious grandbaby, Greyson Bauer, brothers Buzz (Deb) Sinclair, Shorty (Shaleigh) Sinclair, Linda (Jim) McCoy, Pam (Jerry) Rosano, mother-in-law Joan Bauer, sisters-in-law Denise (Ron) Lopez, Lisa (Jeff) Fox, numerous nieces and nephews, and her dog Panda. 

She was preceded in death by her father Merle Sinclair, stepfather Milton Schmidt, and father-in-law John Bauer.

A private memorial ceremony was held May 18 at Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Morrison. A special celebration of her life will be held in California at a later date.  

Memorial donations can be in made in Carolyn’s honor to the American Cancer Society at 800.227.2345 or

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) May 31, 2020