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Lucille Marie Prewitt Austin
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- Tim & Joyce Gibbs
 Added: Oct. 10, 2007
Marie Austin passed away Monday, July 12, 2004. She was born March 14, 1919 in Maud, Oklahoma to John H. and Francis J. Prewitt. She was a graduate of Vamoosa High School, where she was an All- State basketball player. She married her high school sweetheart, Jimmie Austin, on December 29,1937, in Holdenville, Oklahoma. Marie was very active in Oklahoma politics, especially within the Republican Party, and attended numerous State and National Republican Conventions. Marie supported all areas of education with an emphasis on higher education. The Austins endowed a Biblical Research Center and established the Jimmie and Marie Austin Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma Baptist University. Marie served on the Board of Trustees of OBU from 1993-1997. She was presented an honorary Doctorate of Laws in September 2002 in recognition of her achievements in business and service to others. The Austin's established the Jimmie and Marie Austin Scholarship Fund at Seminole State College and actively supported many other programs of the College. In 2003, the college honored Marie by naming a new campus on street "Marie Austin Drive." Seminole State College recognized Marie along with her husband, in 2001 as the inaugural receipts of the Founder's Award. Marie was a member of Eastern Star and charter member of the Seminole Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Seminole, where she served in numerous capacities. Marie also served on the Board of Directors of the Jasmine Moran Children's Museum of Seminole, Oklahoma. Marie is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jimmie Austin, of Seminole, and her two sons and their wives, Paul D. and Jane Austin, and Jimmie Lynn and Billye Austin, of Oklahoma City. She is also survived by her four grandchildren and their spouses; Guy and Julia Austin of Norman; Christy and Steve Barnes of Douglas; John and Susan Austin of Norman; Mark and Jennifer Austin of Norman: seven great grandchildren: Alexandria Marie Austin and Cameron Cole Austin of Norman; Shea Lynn Barnes, Douglas Conor Elizabeth Austin, Hunter Douglas Austin, Parker Amis Austin, and Carter Reed Austin all of Norman. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Williams of Oklahoma City; brother Paul Prewitt of Oklahoma City; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 19, 2004, at the First Baptist Church in Seminole, Oklahoma. Swearington Funeral Home of Seminole is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family has designated the Jimmie and Marie Austin Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma Baptist University, the Jimmie and Marie Austin Scholarship Fund at Seminole State College, and the University of Oklahoma Foundation General Scholarship Fund as appropriate for memorials.
- Janice Vandeventer
 Added: Dec. 28, 2006

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