Virginia King Austin went to be with the Lord on November 6, 2021, ending several years of hard-fought battles with illness. She never gave up fighting so that she could remain with her family. While her time with us ended too soon, those who knew her will cherish her memories forever. She was the rock of our family and always was there for us. Her family was her priority and passion.
Virginia was born September 30, 1930 in Port Arthur, TX. Her family moved to Louisiana to pursue business opportunities. In June of 1947 she married William Leslie Austin. Together they raised 7 children, providing love and support for each of them. After raising her children, she began a career in bookkeeping for the McLemore family. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and taking trips with her sisters, family, and friends. Planning family holidays and get-togethers were always on her mind.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William L. Austin, her daughter, Gail Lyon, and her son, Ronald Austin. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Brashier and son-in-law, Dr. Robert Lyon.
She is survived by her children and their spouses: Mike and Pat Austin, Judy and Gabe Jumonville, Brenda and Jeff Torsrud, Shirley and Randall McDonald, and Reneé and Scott Crawford. She is survived by the lights of her life, her grandchildren (and partners): Rebecca Daigre (Rene), Rachel Thompson (Eric), Matthew Lyon (Amanda), Jason Lyon (Pepper), Corey Austin (Kaitlyn), Janna Brewer (Shane), Amelia Hutson (Hobie), AnnaMaria Hutson (Ryan), Austin Crawford, and Avery Crawford. She is also survived by her adoring great-grandchildren, Cooper Lyon, William Lyon, Eli Lyon, Luke Reed, Jake Reed, Masyn Thompson, Hudsyn Thompson, Ryder Reeves, Hadlei Boyle, Hynlei Boyle, A. J. Brewer, and Chandler Brewer. She is also survived by her sister, Fannie Dye and her brother, Bill King.
Visitation will be Tuesday November 9, 2021, from 12 noon until the funeral service at 2 pm at Mulhearn Funeral Home in Winnsboro, LA. Burial will follow at Lone Cherry Baptist Church Cemetery in Mangham, LA.
Pallbearers will be Austin Crawford, Luke Reed, Jake Reed, Matthew Lyon, Jason Lyon, and Cooper Lyon. Honorary pallbearers are Robert Dye, Randy Dye, Andy Dye, and Scott Thomas.
The family would like to give special thanks to her caregivers, Donna Hitt and Norma Massey for the loving care that they provided. Thank you also to Dr. Kyle Bruyninckx for his medical services.
We will greatly miss her loving ways, but we know that she is no longer in pain or limited in the things that she is able to do.
Memorial donations can be made to Salvation’s Cross at 1821 Louisa St., Rayville, LA 71269.
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