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Graveside services for Marilyn Gauger, 90, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gauger died at 3:25 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at West Vue Nursing Center.

She was born July 12, 1922, at Chicago, Illinois, to Christian Paulsen and Hazel Albright Paulsen. On November 29, 1952, she was married at Chicago, Illinois, to Vernon Robert Gauger, who preceded her in death on April 4, 2010. She retired after working for forty years from The United Methodist Publishing Co., in Park Ridge, Illinois. Mrs. Gauger was a veteran, having served in the Women’s Army Corps with the United States Army, during World War II in the South Pacific; she was very proud to have served her country. She was a long time member of the Lutheran Memorial Church in Chicago, Illinois and for the past fourteen years was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, West Plains, Missouri.

She is survived by two sisters, Irene Garner, Marshall, Illinois and Faith Mickey, West Plains, Missouri; sister-in-law, Ruby Paulsen, Marshall, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband of 62 years, three sisters and their spouses, Caroline Garner and husband Leon, Virginia Jahnke, husband, Harvey, Gladys Sanders, husband Luther, two brothers, Ralph Paulsen and Carl Paulsen and one brother-in-law, Bill Garner, precede her in death.

Mrs. Gauger will lie in state from 2:00 p.m., Friday until Noon Saturday at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at

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