Swansboro- Lucia Meade Patton Austin, 103, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born July 21, 1916 in Birmingham, AL, daughter of the late Lucius Erastus and Fannie Bessie Lanier Patton.
A memorial celebration of life service will be held Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Swansboro United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Baker officiating. There will be a service of inurnment at 2:00 PM Sunday September 15, 2019 at Highland United Methodist Church, Raleigh, NC.
Lucia was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who told us on her 103 birthday that the secret to living to age 103 is, “Just don’t die.” She was a lifelong Methodist and a member of the United Methodist Women for over 60 years. She loved God, her family, and her neighbor. She quietly served others as Jesus taught us to do.
She loved her husband, Bill, to whom she was married for 65 years. They are now reunited in Heaven. They loved to travel near and far enjoying all of God’s creation. Lucia and Bill both being only children wanted and got a big family. She loved music and passed it on to all her family.
She is survived by children, Bill Austin, III (Jeanne) of Issaquah, WA; Lynn Rouse (Jim) of Swansboro; Betty Austin Owen (Bert) of Beaufort, SC; and Frank Austin of Pittsboro; daughters-in-law, Sarah Austin of Swansboro, and Judy Austin of Raleigh; twelve grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Swansboro United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall restoration project, 665 W. Corbett Ave., Swansboro, NC 28584 or to Friends of Lonesome Historic Site at lonesomehistoricsite.org.
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