FARMINGTON, Mo. (KSDK) - There are few people who touch more young lives than an outstanding educator.
One community is mourning a teacher whose lessons are reaching far beyond the classroom.
As a choir director, she taught her students the healing power of music. In her battle with cancer, she taught them to never give up.
Mrs. Sue Bauche's students, co-workers, and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil in her memory Sunday night.
"She always went for the best. That's what she wanted to be - the best - and she clearly was," said former student Julia Schmidt.
But Mrs. Bauche was more than just an award winning choir director at Farmington High School. She was an inspiration.
"She was such and inspiration and she loved her students so much that I knew I wanted to do that," said Schmidt.
In her 30 years as an educator, she's inspired some of her students to teach, some of them to sing, but her most powerful lesson was to be yourself.
"Just be yourself, don't be afraid to do whatever you need to do to get ahead," explained former student Elise Schmidt.
And when Mrs. Bauche was diagnosed with colon cancer two years go, she was a living example of the lesson she wanted her students to learn.
"She was adamant that she was going to fight as long as possible and she definitely did, she fought it," said Julie Schmidt.
Mrs. Bauche lost her battle with cancer Saturday afternoon. But her message is still very much alive.
"She's just always said believe in yourself," said Farmington High student Alyssa Hickey. "Fight for what you want, and don't give up on it."
Bauche is survived by a husband, daughter, and son.
Sue Bauche's memorial service will be Tuesday, July 9th, at 11 a.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church in Farmington. A visitation and meal will follow the service.