Eugenia Florence Maurer of Owensville, Missouri was born on March 17, 1920 in Buffalo, New York to Florence May Leonard and Marvin E. Leary and passed away on December 15, 2018 at the age of 98 years.
Because of the early deaths of her parents, Eugenia was raised by her foster mother, Mary E. Hoskins in Macomb, Illinois.
Eugenia graduated from high school in Adair, Illinois, then received her Bachelors of Education from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, with additional studies at Lincoln University. She also earned a Masters in Speech Therapy from Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois.
Eugenia married Marshall W. Maurer in 1942 in Cicero, Illinois.
In 1947 Eugenia and Marshall moved to Anderson, Indiana, and in 1957 to Drake, Missouri, where they both taught in the Owensville and Union school systems.
For two years, starting in 1965, the Maurers moved to Muncie, Indiana 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, Illinois, 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.
They moved to Owensville, Missouri where 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.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall; one sister; two foster sisters; and two brothers.
She is survived by four children, Marsha Maurer of Portland, Oregon, Michael Maurer of Jefferson City, Missouri, Niles Maurer of Steelville, Missouri and Rachel Maurer Kempen of Drake, Missouri; grandson, Christopher Stygar and wife Lisa Carvajal and their daughters, Audrey and Julia of Pittsburgh, Penn.
A private family service was held at the Drake Zoar United Methodist Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Owensville, Missouri.