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Patricia Jones Bauman, 73

Patricia Bauman, 73 STUART, Fla. - Patricia Jones Bauman, 73, of Stuart, Fla., an artist and animal lover and former longtime Wiltonian, died Nov. 24, 2003 at her home. She was the wife of Robert Patten Bauman. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., she was the daughter of Elizabeth (Parquahar) Jones and Dr. Harold Jones. She grew up in Wynnewood, Pa., where she attended Baldwin School and later graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor of science degree in biology. A talented artist, avid golfer and animal lover, she illustrated a book written by her husband in the early 1980s called "Plants as Pets." The family tended to more than 800 plants in their Hearthstone Lane home, most of which were stored in their greenhouse-like basement and a small attached greenhouse. The book, published by Dodd Mead, advised plant owners to treat their greenery like pets. She was an accomplished watercolorist and became very interested in plants while her husband was working on his book. She eventually contributed 30 pictures that were used in the book, including one for the cover. "In order to draw them correctly, you have to look at them carefully," she told The Bulletin in an interview at the time. "It's a challenge." She and her family enjoyed summers in Kennebunk Beach, for more than 40 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two children, John Bauman and Elizabeth Bauman; and three grandchildren. In accordance with her wish, there will be a memorial service for friends and family next summer in Maine. There were no local services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lyme Disease Foundation, Financial Plaza, Hartford, CT 03103.