Drake United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund
Eugenia Maurer, 98, of Owensville, Mo., died December 15, 2018. Eugenia Florence Leary was born on March 17, 1920 in Buffalo, NY. She celebrated her Irish heritage on her St. Patricks Day birthday. Because of the early deaths of her parents, Florence May Leonard Leary and Marvin E. Leary, Eugenia was raised by her foster mother, Mary E. Hoskins in Macomb, Ill.,Eugenia graduated from high school in Adair, Ill., then received her Bachelors of Education from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill., with additional studies at Lincoln University. She also earned a Masters in Speech Therapy from Illinois State University in Bloomington, Ill.
Eugenia married Marshall W. Maurer in 1942 in Cicero, Ill., and the couple lived in Chester, Ill., while Marshall began his teaching career. In 1947 Eugenia and Marshall moved to Anderson, Ind., and in 1957 to Drake, Mo., where they both taught in the Owensville and Union school systems. For two years, starting in 1965, the Maurers moved to Muncie, Ind., to teach in the Muncie school system, but in 1967 Marshall received a position at Wesley United Methodist Church and the Campus Church of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., so the couple moved again. During a two year assignment with VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) starting in 1972 in western Missouri, Eugenia and Marshall helped establish senior centers in a nine-county region.They received a special award from the Optimist Club in recognition of significant work done on behalf of senior citizens. Eugenia and Marshall then moved to New Haven to teach until their retirements in 1983. For a few years, they lived near Hermann and devoted many hours of volunteer work to the Hermann Library and received honors for their service. Moving again, to Owensville, Eugenia volunteered as a teaching assistant for grade school classes. In 2014 she received special recognition and appreciation from Lincoln University Golden Sons and Daughters, as a distinguished graduate, and for 50 years of association and loyalty. Eugenia loved writing poetry and in her 80s, she submitted, and had published, three of her favorite poems.
Eugenia is preceded in death by her husband, Marshall, one sister, two foster sisters, and two brothers.
She is survived by four children; Marsha Maurer, Portland, Oreg.; Michael Maurer, Jefferson City; Niles Maurer, Steelville; Rachel Maurer Kempen, Drake. She is also survived by her grandson, Christopher Stygar, his wife Lisa Carvajal and their daughters, Audrey and Julia of Pittsburgh, Penn.
A private family service will be held at the Drake Zoar United Methodist Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Drake United Methodist Church Cemetery fund.