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Virginia Selby Cobb Austin
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Birth: Apr. 8, 1929
Death: Nov. 1, 2008

VIRGINIA C. AUSTIN, widow of Albert M. Austin, passed away peacefully on All Saints Day, November 1, 2008. Ginger, daughter of Edward Milton and Christine Selby Cobb was born in Canton, Ohio on April 8, 1929. She attended Hathaway Brown Prep School in Cleveland, Ohio, where she had the honor of being selected May Queen. While at Pine Manor College in Massachusetts, she met the love of her life, Albert Morris Austin. They were married in Harbor Springs, Michigan, where both of their families summered and where they continued to celebrate each summer with their own family. Upon her husband's completion of his tour of duty in the military, Memphis became their home. Ginger, an avid gardener and community leader, served as president of the Junior League of Memphis and the Crippled Children's Hospital Foundation. Among the many other organizations of great interest to her were the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Memphis Botanic Garden, the Dyslexia Foundation, the University of Tennessee Round Table, the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, the Memphis Country Club, the Hunt and Polo Club, Wequetonsing Golf Club, and the Little Harbor Club. A lifelong Episcopalian, she loved her church and volunteered at both The Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis and St. John's Episcopal Church in Harbor Springs. Ginger's great passion was gardening where she was a master at picking up sticks. She shared this devotion through her active participation in the Memphis Garden Club, serving as past president and currently as a board member. In addition to her local participation, she also was on the board of The Garden Club of America. She was recently recognized as the recipient of the Alice Kain Stout mentoring award for her "love and knowledge of GCA endeavors, and longstanding enthusiasm for horticulture, and civic improvement." Her greatest love in life, however, was her family. She is survived by her daughter, Christine Austin Cannon and her husband Henry, and their family; Nelson, Blair, Tyler, and Webster. She also leaves her son, Albert M. Austin, IV and his wife Kathryn and their family; Bert, Selby, and Webster. She is survived by her sister, Adelaide Cobb Ward, of Kansas City, Missouri. She will be dearly missed by her family and her many friends. Services will be celebrated Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 11 a.m. at The Church of the Holy Communion, with private interment in Elmwood Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be sent to the charitable organization of choice. Canale Funeral Directors 901-452-6400 (Published in The Commercial Appeal on 11/3/2008)
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  Albert Morris Austin (1927 - 2006)*
*Calculated relationship
Elmwood Cemetery
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Carole McCaig
Record added: Nov 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31098061
Virginia Selby <i>Cobb</i> Austin
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Virginia Selby <i>Cobb</i> Austin
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Virginia Selby <i>Cobb</i> Austin
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