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Carole E. Austin, of Williamsburg, died peacefully on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at the age of 71.
Carole was born to Eva Blanche and Paul Magill on Jan. 11, 1944, in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The youngest of nine children, Carole lived in Bloomsburg until she joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1965. She met Melvin James Austin while working as a nurse at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio; they married in 1966, raised a family and traveled the world over the next 40 years.
Her nursing background served her well throughout her life, not only as a registered nurse, but also as a medical bill auditor, dental practice office manager and fiercely loving and caring mother and grandmother.
Carole is survived by her children and their spouses, Melanie Carole Campbell (James), Melissa Austin Long (Ted), Bradley Michael Austin and Daniel Todd Austin (Carma); grandchildren, Noah James Long, Séamus Tárlach Campbell, Haley Elise Long, Aoife Carole Campbell, Néamh Mary Campbell, Coleman Austin Long, Brody G. Austin and baby Austin, due in January; ex-husband, Melvin; sisters, Elizabeth Lewis and Dorothy Billman; sisters-in-law, Shirley Smith and Thelma Austin; brother-in-law, Jerome Austin; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Lois Kline, Helen Mayes and Jean Magill; and brothers, William, Paul, John and Jim Magill.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Road in Richmond. A military funeral honors ceremony will follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
As an expression of sympathy, contributions may be made in her memory to National Institute of Mental Health Gift Fund, 6001 Executive Blvd., Room 6101, MSC 9655 Bethesda, MD 20892-9655.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Woody Funeral Home.
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