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Grace Austin

Grace Austin

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View a LIVE BROADCAST of service beginning at 11:00 am, Tuesday February 2, 2021 at www.walkersanderson.com
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Grace Williamson Austin age 85 passed away Monday January 25, 2021 after a short illness. Born in Provo Utah to Ernal Williamson and Mabel Meacham. Grace was the youngest of two brothers and three sisters.

Grace was raised in Vineyard where her family owned a small family farm. She worked hard on the family farm, and would often speak of the times she spent working in the fields thinning beets.

She loved and enjoyed animals of all kinds. She would ride the family cow as if it were a horse. Finally one day, her father bought her a horse whom she named Dolly. She fancied herself as somewhat of a trick pony rider; she would spend hours riding Dolly, oftentimes standing on her back. Her closest friend was a dog named Vicky. She loved her dog with all her heart, and when Vicky left this world due to cancer she would not get out of bed for three days.

In her early years she enjoyed art and had a talent for drawing (a gift which she inherited from her father). She enjoyed singing and camping and the outdoors. Grace was a woman of courage and action and didn’t shy away from a challenge; she even took flying lessons and loved it!

She married Greg Austin Jr. and raised her family of three sons Dwayne, David and Dale in Portland Oregon where she lived for 18 years.

Grace had a heart like no other. She was kind and loving, and was always willing to help where she could. She loved her neighbors. She often took baked items to her neighbors even when her arthritis would cause her great pain- but she would never show her suffering. Her home was often the neighborhood playhouse where kids would come to swim in the family pool and enjoy each other's company.

She suffered Rheumatoid Arthritis for many years. Her pain restricted her ability to work. Rather than giving in to her condition, she chose to redirect her time and attention towards study- as a result, she developed a deep love of reading. She spent most of her latter days reading and studying the gospel. Grace loves the gospel, and has a deep relationship with her Savior Jesus Christ.

Grace’s declining years were spent at Orchard Park nursing and Rehabilitation center. While there she made many friends, and touched the lives of many people. She spent her time at Orchard Park in relative comfort, and was very affectionate with the staff there.

She is preceded in death by mother and father, her sisters LaVon Harward, Belva Hamilton, and her brother Clyde Williamson. Grace is survived by three sons and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition, Grace is survived by one brother (Harold Willimason) and many nephews and nieces.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday Feb. 2, 2021 at the Chapel located at 1000 North Main St, Orem Utah at 11:00am. A viewing will be held 1 hr. prior to the services where friends and family may call.

Grace Austin- a queen among women! We love you and will miss you deeply. Until we meet again at Jesus’ feet may we ever strive to follow your example!

FYI: Grace Austin won the hottest legs of the year contest in Lincoln Highschool in Orem! (man is she going to let me have it someday for throwing this in here!)

Condolences and memories may be offered to the family at www.walkersanderson.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    When
    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 10:00am - 10:45am
    Location
    Orem North Stake Center
    Address
    1000 North Main Street
    Orem, UT
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    Notes
    Current COVID guidelines follow, masks required
  • Service

    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    Orem North Stake Center
    Address
    1000 North Main Street
    Orem, UT
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Current COVID guidelines follow, masks required

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Wm. Charles Carr

Posted at 01:23pm
 
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Wm. Charles Carr Posted at 01:42pm

Would like to have left a memory but can't figure out how. Anyway, I was Grace's boyfriend in 9th grade at Lincoln High. Lots of fun with Grace, Sally, Kay, VaNeta, Ruth, Paul, Max, Jerry and Me. Skating on Bunnell Pond, stealing watermelons, Mutual on Tuesday nights, parties in the old church gym and sitting by the fireplace there, etc. Grace was great and our group had lots of fun and many memories. Most are gone now. My condolences. Charlie
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Cynthia Wren

Posted at 08:42pm
I was privileged to be one of Grace's therapists at Orchard Park and she was universally well loved here. We miss her dearly already. She brightened up our days here more than any other resident I've worked with. She laughed often, but more than once got after other residents that were speaking unkindly to the staff or other residents. She was fiercely protective of all of us and my very favorite thing to do was give her a blanket from the warmer because it made her so happy. She divided her time everyday sitting with the different departments and having grace sit quietly by just made the atmosphere so peaceful. If you hummed the first few bars of 'Amazing Grace' she would always finish the song with her sweet, pitch perfect voice.
Grace delighted us all and I don't think anyone who got to be around her will forget her. I hope that she is busy using her hands to do all the things she was unable to do here, but she showed us all that you don't need your hands to be of service to those around you. She was special and she is missed.
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