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Shirley Ruth Austin

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Shirley Ruth Austin

Shirley Ruth Austin, Columbia, MO, died on March 7, 2013 at the age of 76.

Shirley was born on March 23, 1936 to Louis T. and Cora B. Peterson in Preston, Minn.

Shirley graduated from Preston High School, Preston, in 1954. In 1957 she married Thomas Austin at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Owatonna, Minn.

She held secretary jobs at the following companies: Hormel in Austin, Minn, Glen Lake T.B. out-patient clinic in Minneapolis, Minn, The University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. She and her husband founded Austin Coffee Service, Columbia, which she operated for 25 years before retiring.

Shirley was involved in many community organizations such as Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Columbia, where she was active in the Women of Lourdes, Eucharistic Minister, Communion to the Homebound, choir member, and CCD teacher. She was also active in the Columbia Mother Singers group.

Shirley was a Red Cross Blood and apheresis donor since 1971.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Austin; two sons, Edward (Kim) of Ballwin, MO; and Joel (Sherry) of Fenton, MO; two daughters, Karen (Brian) Douglas of Wardsville, MO, and Sue (Brad) Cunningham of Columbia, MO; nine grandchildren, Matthew Austin, Cori Austin, Tara Austin, Ashley Austin, Scott Douglas, Kevin Douglas, Mary Douglas, Austin Cunningham, and Andrew Cunningham; one sister, Laurice (Cloy) Kneeskern of Preston, Minn and nephews, nieces and cousins. She is preceded in death by her sister Maxine Jones of Cucamonga, CA.

Her funeral was held March 11, 2013, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Monsignor Flanagan officiated.

Instead of flowers she requested that memorials be made to: Father Tolton Catholic High School Fund 3351 East Gans Road, Columbia, MO 65201.

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