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Mary Argyle Auer, 86, of Columbia passed away December 24, 2009. Born in Portland, OR, she lived most of her life in St. Louis, MO. After the death of her beloved husband, Harry C. Auer, Jr. in 2005, she moved to Columbia, MO to be closer to family. Mary was a passionate activist who believed in civil liberties. She spoke out against injustice wherever she found it. One of Mary’s favorite sayings was “Invest in People not wars”. Mary will be missed by all who knew her as she was an intelligent, caring person. Per Mary’s wishes she will be cremated and her ashes will be buried next to her husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis at a date to be determined. Survivors include her brother, Gregory Burns, her sister, Jeanne Smith, daughter Jeanne Perkins and husband Bob, daughter Mary Michael Endicott, and husband Jack, son Harry Thomas Auer and wife Linda, daughter Elaine Mac Donald and husband Larry, daughter Christine Meacham and husband Warren, nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren, four nieces and two nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary’s memory to your local food bank.