Carolyn A. Bauer

Carolyn Ann Bauer, 58, passed away unexpectedly at her home in McMinnville, Tenn., on May 12, 2020. She was born in Lodi on Aug. 31, 1961 to Merle and Mae Sinclair.

She was raised in Galt 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, Tenn. Words cannot express her love for Dr. Spurlock’s office. She loved joking with Dr. Spurlock, laughing with the girls and listening to stories told from the patients. 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 will be greatly missed by her family and those who knew her.

She is survived by her beautiful mother Mae Schmidt; beloved husband Ron Bauer; loving children, Dana and Brian Bauer; her precious grandbaby Greyson Bauer; brothers Buzz (Deb) Sinclair and Shorty (Shaleigh) Sinclair; Linda (Jim) McCoy and Pam (Jerry) Rosano; mother-in-law Joan Bauer; sisters-in-law Denise (Ron) Lopez and Lisa (Jeff) Fox; numerous nieces and nephews of whom she was always proud to be their aunt; and, last but not least, her dog Panda.

She was preceded in death by her father Merle Sinclair; step-father Milton Schmidt; brother-in-law Randy Bauer, and father-in-law John Bauer.

A private memorial ceremony was held on May 18 at The Garden Of Memory Cemetery in Morrison, Tenn. A special celebration of her life will be held in California at a later date.

Memorial donations may be in made in Carolyn’s honor to the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or

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