|Birth: ||Apr. 30, 1918|
|Death: ||Feb. 10, 2013|
Memorial service for Edith Baker Austin, 94, Fletcher, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Sterling with great-grandson Ian Swart officiating.
Mrs. Austin passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013 at a Lawton care facility.
Edith Mae Baker was born near Stecker, Caddo Co., Oklahoma, April 30, 1918, to William Frank and Effie Jane Davis Baker. The second of four daughters born to this union, she learned the workings of farm life as a "hand" to her father. While her siblings learned to prepare meals and to sew, among other necessities of domesticity, she once remarked that she didn't learn to cook until she was married. She attended school at Stecker.
After school, she moved to Chickasha, renting an apartment with sister Bonnie, and worked as a waitress in a local eatery, and during the cold months, was an employee of a business that produced powdered eggs.
In June 1942, she married Jack Cutrone, a member of the Army Air Corps, in Birmingham, Alabama. Before the birth of her first child, the homesick Oklahoma girl returned home to her family near Apache.
In January 1946, she married Melvin Leon Austin in Anadarko. They spent their lives farming in southwest Oklahoma, eventually settling on 160 acres two miles north of Pumpkin Center. There, they raised cattle, wheat, and cotton, as well as peafowl. Their children attended school at Central High.
After the death of Mr. Austin in 2001, she sold the farm and bought a house in Fletcher. She continued her love of gardening, planting vegetables in her backyard, and later in pots on the front porch. She enjoyed having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as houseguests, staying up late with them, and watching movie selections from her extensive collection. She was always up for adventure and loved to travel.
Always looking for the chance to celebrate, she made a point to decorate her home for every holiday. Christmas was a special time in her home, and she looked forward to entertaining her family with holiday treats and gifts.
A brief character sketch is a poor tribute to a long, full life. She was a woman who lived, and laughed, and loved. A mother and grandmother who rocked sleeping babies, hushed children's cries, kissed countless cheeks, and smiled at the many joys in life. She will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate to know her embrace and to share in her years. Her voice has been silenced. The twinkle in her eye has grown dim; her bright smile has drawn closed, yet she will live on in the hearts and minds of all who loved her.
She is survived by two daughters: Regina Vantine and husband John, Fletcher; Diana Harrison and husband Keith, Sterling; two sons: Gayle Austin and wife Carol, Waurika; Gary Austin and partner Tom McLaughlin, Baltimore, Md.; seven granddaughters: Karen Thomas and husband Peter, Duncan; Suzanne Max and husband William, Lewisburg, Tn.; Maria Alexander and husband Lynn, Sterling; Connie Austin, Waurika; Debbie Austin, Waurika; Judy Vorpagel, Sterling; Darenda Frederick and husband Duke, Sterling; one grandson: Brandon Austin, Waurika; 21 great-grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Melvin Austin; one son: Jerry Paul Austin; four grandchildren: Dianne Vantine, Amber Austin, Donald Harrison and Janet Brown; three sisters: Ellen Holland, Bonnie Haggard, Willie Cadell; and a stillborn brother.
William Frank Baker (1884 - 1963)
Effie Jane Davis Baker (1882 - 1974)
Melvin Leon Austin (1923 - 2001)*
Jerry Paul Austin (1954 - 1993)*
Maintained by: Ian D. Swart
Originally Created by: Cokeman2
Record added: Jul 25, 2009
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