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Edna M. "Grandma" Austin, 98, of Texico 
died 6:15 p.m. Aug. 30, 2005, at her home. 

She was a former pie baker at Austinís Restaurants. 

Mrs. Austin was born Feb. 27, 1907, in rural 
Mt. Vernon to Roston and Lily Mae (King) Minor. 
She married Berthyl Austin Dec. 23, 1923, in Mt. Vernon; 
he preceded her in death Oct. 21, 1975.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 
Panther Fork Missionary Baptist Church. 
John Ashby and Bryan Austin will officiate. 
Burial will follow in Panther Fork Cemetery. 

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Osborn 
Funeral Home in Dix and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 
Saturday at the church. 

Mrs. Austin is survived by sons Bert Austin Jr. and 
Alice of San Jose, Calif., R.C. Austin and Effie Mae of 
Dix and Lavern Austin and Betty of Mt. Vernon; daughters 
Velma Ullery of Texico and Patricia Connaway of Pinckneyville; 
daughters-in-law Marjorie B. Austin of Granite City and 
June Austin of Texico; 22 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; 
18 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters Oleta French of 
Mt. Vernon, Maxine Donoho of Salem, Merlene Smith of Dyersburg, Tenn., 
and Lily Wilson and Mary Smith, both of Mt. Vernon. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sons 
Waymon and Marvie Austin; a son-in-law, Earl Ullery; grandsons 
Harold Connaway and Bryan E. Austin; a great-grandson, Michael Saupe; 
sisters Clara Myers, Greta Lowery and Dolly Simmons; and brothers 
Raymond Minor and Clifford Minor. 

Mrs. Austin attended George College and Zion and Harmony grade 
schools in Jefferson County. She was the oldest living member 
of Panther Fork Missionary Baptist Church. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at 
Panther Fork Church or to the Hospice of the Good Samaritan 
and will be received at the funeral home at any time. 

For more information, you may contact Osborn Funeral Home 
in Dix at 266-7231. 


9/13/2005 
Mt. Vernon Register News
Submitted by; Kiowana Hayes Ferguson

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