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Wendy Jamieson Bauer

Wendy Jamieson Bauer

2016/10/11 - Boise, AEB

1964ko uztailak 25 - 2016ko urriak 11

Wendy ez zen jatorriz euskalduna. Eskozian jaioa, bizitzak Boisera ekarri zuen eta bertan egin zuen topo euskaldunekin eta bertako Euskal Museoan hartu zuen lanaren bidez bilakatu zen euskaldunen laguna, euskaldun adoptatu, eta bertako euskal bizitzako parte.

Bihotzeko batek tupustean eramana, bere galerak hainbat hunkitu ditu Boisen eta Boiseko Euskal Museora hurbiltzen direnen artean.

Geure gogoan ere iraunen du, bere irribarreak, erreak gogor ahoskatzen zituen bere azentu eskoziarrak, lankide, eskerrik asko, Wendy. Gogoan zaitugu.

(azpiko hil-oharra Idaho Statesman-ek eman zuen argitara eta jaso du)

Wendy Jamieson Bauer left this earth on October 11, 2016. She now joins her son, father and others who have gone before her in heaven a "wee sooner" than her family or friends had expected.

Wendy grew up with brothers and a sister in Dundee, Scotland. She went on to earn an Associate Degree in Managerial and Business Studies from Kingsway College. This education prepared her for work in various types of businesses throughout her life. 

Working mainly in retail, Wendy's sales skills paled in comparison to her public relations, communications, and people skills. Whether you were an old friend, or had just walked through the door for the first time, Wendy treated everyone with respect and welcomed all as if she'd known them for years.

Wendy became a mother at an early age, and this was her proudest role. Family and co-workers would often hear about her son, Drew. Not rich monetarily but very much so in love, she taught her son what was really important in life. When she lost Drew, she knew moving away from Scotland was necessary. 

After a brief stop in Canada at her aunt and uncle's, Wendy came to Boise to meet a friend, Amber, who she'd been communicating with for years as a pen-pal. This friendship led to a job at Boise's Co-Op where Wendy worked for six years first as the Data Entry Manager and then the Grocery Manager.

It was during this time that Wendy met her husband, Wes Bauer. He traveled to Scotland to ask for Wendy's hand in marriage from her father. His two daughters from a previous marriage became an important part of Wendy's life, and Wendy absolutely loved her grandchildren and her role as "Nana" to a granddaughter and grandson.

One of Wendy's proudest moments was when she became a U.S. Citizen, or a "Yank," as she laughingly referred to herself on July 14, 2011. Just a few days before this big day, Wendy had become the Store Manager for the Basque Museum & Cultural Center. She greeted guests with her thick Scottish brogue and when asked if she was Basque, she would laugh and tell people that she was from the northern tribe of the Basque Country! To Wendy, everything was "brilliant," and her happy personality was infectious to those around her.

Always a hard worker, Wendy was proud of her Scottish heritage and was a major contributor to the Treasure Valley Scottish American Society, and served as their Treasurer for a number of years. 

No one made shortbread like Wendy Bauer and she worked hard to start her own business, "Kilted Thistle" where she marketed and sold her delicious treats throughout the community.

Two of Boise's cultural groups will be impacted greatly by the loss of Wendy. She was Scottish by birth and a member of the Treasure Valley Scottish group, but she also was an important part of the Boise's Basque community. Her family will feel the loss of Wendy most of all. They will carry Wendy's indomitable spirit in their hearts, and will always have many fond memories of the genuinely good person that she was.

Preceding Wendy in death is her son, Drew Donald; her father, Robert "Rab" Jamieson; her sister-in-law, Jacqueline Handy Jamieson; and her maternal and paternal grandparents. Surviving are sister-in-law and very best friend, Leanne Bauer; stepdaughters, Heather Bauer and Jennifer (Anthony) Wiggins; grandchildren, Gisellia and Donovan; siblings: Campbell, Alan, Arlene, and Jamie; Phyllis Clifford who Wendy lovingly referred to as her "American Mum;" mother, Sandra Lorimer; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews in Scotland.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Wendy's memory can be made to a charity of your choice.

A celebration of Wendy's life will take place at the Basque Center at 601 Grove Street on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Scotts and Basques will join together to give Wendy an appropriate send-off as they, in turn, thank Wendy for all that she did for them.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Wendy's memorial webpage at


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