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Shirley Ruth Austin, March 23, 1936 — March 7, 2013, of Columbia

March 8, 2013 | 10:55 a.m. CST

Shirley Ruth Austin died on March 7, 2013 at the age of 76.

Shirley AustinVisitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 11th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. The church is located at 903 Bernadette Dr. in Columbia, MO.


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The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. with Monsignor Flanagan officiating.

A luncheon at the church will follow the burial services.

Shirley was born on March 23, 1936 to Louis T. and Cora B. Peterson in Preston, MN. She is survived by her husband Thomas E. Austin, son Edward and wife Kim of Ballwin, MO, son Joel and wife Sherry of Fenton, MO, daughter Karen Douglas and husband Brian of Wardsville, MO, and daughter Sue Cunningham and husband Brad from Columbia, MO. There are 9 grandchildren, Matthew Austin, Cori Austin, Tara Austin, Ashley Austin, Scott Douglas, Kevin Douglas, Mary Douglas, Austin Cunningham, and Andrew Cunningham. A sister, Laurice, and husband Cloy Kneeskern of Preston, MN and nephews, nieces and cousins. She is preceded in death by her sister Maxine Jones of Cucamonga, CA.

Shirley graduated from Preston High School (Preston, MN) in 1954. In 1957 she married Thomas Austin at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Owatonna, MN.

She held secretary jobs at the following companies: Hormel in Austin, MN, Glen Lake T.B. out-patient clinic in Minneapolis, MN, The University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. She and her husband founded Austin Coffee Service which she operated for 25 years before retiring.

Shirley was involved in many community organizations such as Our Lady of Lourdes Church where she was active in the Women of Lourdes, Eucharistic Minister, Communion to the Homebound, choir member, and CCD teacher. She was also active in the Columbia Mother Singers group.

Shirley was a Red Cross Blood and apheresis donor since 1971.

Instead of flowers she requested that memorials be made to: Father Tolton Catholic High School Fund 3351 East Gans Road, Columbia, MO 65201.