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BAIR, Mardell Rae (Deney)

BAIR - Mardell Rae (Deney)
After 87 years, Mardell Rae (Deney) Bair's beautiful and graceful walk with us ended Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Cibolo, TX. Her life, her spirit and guiding hands of strength were exemplary. Mardell was born February 22, 1928 in Helena, MT to her parents Daniel Rae Deney and Mary Anne (Corbesia) Deney. She was born with a heart defect, struggled with it until at age 19, when she was the sixth person in the U.S. to undergo open heart surgery. She was her father's tomboy and was raised in Faribault, MN. She loved art, gardening, the outdoors, a good book, and she made great rhubarb apple pie. Mardell could warm your heart with a touch, or a look from her eyes that always twinkled. Her life was blessed with second chances. She married and loved two military men, brothers. After losing her first husband, Robert Bair, God put her together with his younger brother John E. "Jack" Bair. They were married for 48 years. They saw the world together as a military couple, living in Portland, Istanbul, Fairbanks, Colorado Springs, Huntington Beach; and she would have loved to have seen Switzerland. She and Jack finally settled in Ashland, OR. She rejoins her husband Jack Bair; her sons Daniel Bair and Jason E. Bair; sisters Luanna Bauer and Micki McCoy in Heaven. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her daughter, LeaAnn Pyne and her husband Kevin; her son John T. Bair and his wife Amy; stepdaughter Genie Jones and her husband Mike; daughter-in-law Dawn Bair. Known as Grandma Texas, she will always be in the hearts of her grandchildren: Heather Bair, Heidi Koziczkowski, Shaun Bair, Aja Bair, Sky Bair, Forest Bair, Erik Bair, Chloe Pyne and Cecilia, Jake and Nathan Bair; her great-grandchildren: Winter, Starla, Angela, River, Katarina and Alexandra Bair and her dear beloved sister Donna Dubiel. If you knew her, you would imagine the hummingbirds and her roses. Paint the sky with your love. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, May 16 at 11 AM at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church, in Buffalo, NY. A reception will be held at the Burchfield Penney Arts immediately following the Memorial Mass. She will be inurned with her late husband Jack at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

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