Lorraine Elizabeth Austin
1916 - 2012
Love bears all things,
Believes all things,
Hopes all things,
Endures all things.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:7-8
Lorraine Elizabeth Austin was born April 17, 1916 in Long Island, N.Y. She went to be with Jesus April 25, 2012 in Payson, Ariz. at the age of 96.
A memorial service was held Saturday, May 5 at Payson First Assembly of God. Officiating was the Rev. Mike Amundson of Payson Bible Fellowship.
As a baby, Mrs. Austin was placed on the doorstep of St. Michael’s Church. Those at St. Michael’s Church gave her the name of Elizabeth Barrett. She was fostered out, at age 2, to the Tarojcrak family, in Benton Harbor, Mich. At age 4 she was given to Marie and Emil DeRuick. At the age of 13 her name was changed to Lorraine as we now know her. She continued to live with the DeRuicks until she was 18 when she ran away to Los Angeles, Calif. to be a movie star.
After a few years in Los Angeles, Lorraine met her husband of nearly 54 years. She married Frank Austin on April 8, 1939. She had three children: George, Susan and Guy.
Lorraine and Frank moved to Payson, Ariz. in 1976.
After moving to Payson, Mrs. Austin worked at the Mode O’Day clothing store; did some modeling; volunteered with the Lewis R. Pyle Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for 30 years, including a term as president of the auxiliary. She was also involved with the HOPES of the Elks Lodge.
Mrs. Austin was at her happiest when she was able to socialize with family and friends. She had many friends here in Payson and she lived a very good, prosperous and long life.
Mrs. Austin is survived by all her children: George Austin, and his wife Rosie, of Glendale, Ariz.; Susan Billings, and her husband Brian, of Fallbrook, Calif.; and Guy Austin, and his wife Karen, of Payson, Ariz. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Sherry Austin, David Hinkey, Michelle Renna, Jennefer Bowman, Brandy Austin, Danielle Austin, Sean Austin and Ryan Austin. In addition to her eight grandchildren, she had nine great-grandchildren who also survive her.
“We will all miss her dearly. But, by faith, we shall see her again, in heaven. We love you: wife, mom, grand-mom, great-grand-mom, friend, and neighbor,” writes her family.