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 Mary Evalyn <I>Campbell</I> Auer Wulff

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Mary Evalyn Campbell Auer Wulff

Birth
Ladue, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Death 5 Jul 1999 (aged 87)
Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID 124916904 View Source
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Married James Auer on November 01, 1934. Was widowed on February 20, 1952.

Then married George Wulff Jr. (1953)
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MARY EVALYN WULFF, 87, ARTIST, WELDER FROM ST. LOUIS

(by Dominique Collins-Berta, Miami Herald, July 9, 1999)

At any given time, you could find Mary Evalyn Wulff in her studio, sketching, painting, molding or soldering anything she could transform into art. Her expertise was sculpting, and her commissioned works appeared all over St. Louis, where she lived for 42 years.

"She was always creating with whatever was at hand: food, flowers, sticks, art materials," said her daughter Joan.

Wulff, who retired in South Florida, died Monday after suffering a stroke last year. She was 87.

Born in 1912 in Hannibal, Mo., Campbell was the youngest of five children of a Baptist minister [George Alexander CAMPBELL, not a Baptist but a Disciples minister] and his artist wife [Luna May JAMESON].

When she was 13 [actually when she was 6], the family moved to St. Louis [in 1918]. After graduating from [Soldan] high school, Wulff attended Drake University, graduating with a degree in art in 1933. She continued her art education at the Chicago Art Institute. During the summer semesters, she refined her talents at the Pennsylvania School of Art and at Washington University [in St. Louis].

In 1934, she married architect James Auer [1906-1952]. They had three children.

For 38 years, Wulff was a member of the St. Louis Artists' Guild, creating hundreds of sculptures in shone, wood, clay and baronze.

"At the end of her career, she got into welding," Meroni said. "You don't see a lot of women welders."

Her largest sculpture -- a 24-foot, full-bodied clay rendition of Christ blessing the people -- decorates the exterior wall of the St. James AME Church in St. Louis.

In 1952, her husband, James Auer Sr, died of a stroke. The following year she married George J.L. Wulff [1909-1998], an obstetrician and gynecologist who also had three children from a previous marriage [George III, Sarah, and Christopher].

"They did a beautiful job in melding two families. The word 'step' was never used," Joan said. "The only difference they ever made was that three were brunet and three were blond, and they left it at that."

In 1977, her husband retired from his practice [in St. Louis], and they moved to Key Largo.

Wulff continued working in the carport of their Hammer Point home, creating pieces of art from metal she had collected from the junkyard. She was an active member of the garden club and the beautification committee in Key Largo, fighting to keep the number of billboards to a minimum.

In 1989, the couple moved to East Ridge Retirement Village in Cutler Ridge [Miami, FL]. Last year, her husband died of a stroke.


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