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Barbara Austin

September 14, 1932 ~ October 16, 2021 (age 89)


Barbara Austin, 89 of Metropolis, IL, passed away at her home on Saturday, October 16, 2021 with family by her side.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Community Christian Church with Rev. Mike Hardison officiating. A private family burial will be held.

Barbara Jean Ragsdale was born on September 14, 1932, the daughter of Bonner and Laura Ragsdale. In the 40’s, she was a member of the Ragsdale Quartet with her father and friends from the local area. In July of 1951, she married Charles Austin. Barbara retired as bookkeeper for the City of Metropolis after more than 25 years. She was a member of Community Christian Church and enjoyed her home in Metropolis, reading, solving crosswords, and dancing with her husband Charles. After retirement, Barbara and Charles spent much of their time traveling the world.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 70 years, Charles; two sons, Jon Cary Austin and Charles Gregory Austin (MaryJo); one grandson, Cameron Blake Austin (Lindsay); four great grandchildren, Cameron, Crayson, Austin and Banks; one sister, Phyllis Edwards; one nephew, Jeff Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Ashley Witherspoon; one niece, Sydney Edwards; one brother-in-law, Richard Edwards.

Visitation with the family will be from 10 a.m. until 12 noon on Thursday, October 21st at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given in Barbara’s name to a cancer-related charity of your choosing.

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Arrangements are entrusted to Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home.

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October 21, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Community Christian Church

Funeral Service
October 21, 2021

12:00 PM
Community Christian Church


Charity of the donor's choice

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