The Woodward News

Obituaries

June 10, 2013

Leona Austin

Woodward, Okla. — Leona Austin, 91 year old Woodward resident, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at her home south of Woodward.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2013 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.



Leona Pearl Ortner was born in Nashville, Tennessee on November 22, 1921 to Sol and Nettie (Peters) Ortner. The family accompanied her father as he attended college in Clinton, MO and Broadview, IL. After his graduation the family lived over the years in Shattuck, OK; Keene,

Laredo and San Antonio, TX; and Oklahoma City, OK.

She graduated from academy and took one year of college at Southwestern Junior College, Keene, TX. After an assortment of jobs, her most memorable were teaching one-room schools in Ponca City and  Enid, OK, and working at the Kinder cookie shop (factory) in Oklahoma

City. It was at the cookie shop that she met the love of her life,  Kenneth Vaughn Austin, and they were married on May 5, 1946 at her  parents' home in Oklahoma City.

During their first four years of marriage Leona gave music lessons  while Ken taught school in Quinlan, OK. As their family grew and relocated through the years, she lovingly cared for her children. She sewed many of their clothes, baked bread, and practiced other economies to make Christian education possible for each of them. She  faithfully practiced the piano every day, and enriched the lives of  her family with her love of music.

Leona had many interests. She planted flower gardens everywhere she lived. Like her father, she kept track of family history and family  connections. Though she would have denied it, she was highly organized  in every aspect of her life; she even kept lists of the birds she saw  each day at her kitchen window. In later years she assembled the scraps from her many sewing projects into quilts for each of her children and grandchildren.

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  • MooreGeorge045.jpg George Moore

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  • gibsonwayne004.jpg Wayne Gibson

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