Nellie Pauline Austin, a 64-year resident of California and a 39-year resident of Twentynine Palms, was granted her wish to fly with the angels on March 9, 2011. She was 86 years old. The daughter of Charles Green and Rhoda Lay Green, she was born July 24, 1925 in High Splint in Harlan County, Ky.
Mrs. Austin was an administrative secretary for the San Bernardino County Assessor in Joshua Tree, Calif. before she retired. She attended several churches in the Hi-Desert over her years there, and in recent years really enjoyed the ministry of Charles Stanley.
She belonged to the American Business Women’s Association — Desert Horizon Charter Chapter in Yucca Valley, Calif., and also enjoyed many years as an Eastern Star.
She excelled in everything she was determined to accomplish, whether golfing, bowling — earning many trophies in both — winning at poker, bridge or bingo, and earning her degree in real estate from College of the Desert.
Mrs. Austin was instrumental in seeing many young women from the Hi-Desert earn degrees in various studies and secure useful careers for themselves and for the benefit of that community.
As a young woman, Nellie Pauline won the title of Miss Snyder, Texas, and contended for the title of Miss Texas.
She finished her race well and is now enjoying her heavenly home, with Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior.
She was preceded in death by her son, Orville David Austin of Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., and her earthly remains will rest beside him in Texas.
She was married to Orville Rollins of Texas, Donald Ward Dunfee of California, Roy David Austin of Michigan and John Herr of California.
She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Donna Dunfee Siverly and Jim Siverly of Flagstaff, and Deborah S. Tucker and Jim Tucker of Floral Park, Cayo, Belize; grandchildren, Angela Austin and Alicia Austin of Texas, Bessie Jean Tucker of Payson, and Melodie Rose Viafranco and Orlando Viafranco of Hanford, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Viafranco and Shylermae Rose Viafranco.