Marilyn Jane Austin

September 29, 1931January 19, 2019

Marilyn Jane Williams Austin, 87, was peacefully called Home on January 19, 2019 in Bryan, Texas surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services honoring the life of Marilyn will begin with visitation in the atrium of the First Baptist Church, Bryan on Friday, January 25, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 pm. A celebration of her precious life will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, Bryan at 2:00 pm. A private interment will occur prior to the celebration of Marilyn’s life.

Marilyn was born to Louis and Jane Williams in Marlin, Texas. The family moved to Huntsville, Texas shortly after her birth where she graduated from Huntsville High School in 1949. She married James Greer Austin and they were blessed with four children that they adored.

Marilyn began her 35-year teaching career in Pampa, Texas, then moved to Bryan, Texas in 1958, where she retired from the Bryan Independent School District in 1991. Upon her retirement, she and her friend, Norma Bryan, began a weekly bible study for the women in the Bryan Federal Prison Camp where she shared her love of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through her weekly lessons.

Being the youngest of six, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James Williams, Louis and wife Doreen, and Frank Williams.

She is survived by her ex-husband, James Greer Austin of Plano, Texas; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Wanda Williams of Conroe, Texas and Quinn and Millie Williams of Lafayette, Louisiana; daughter, Martha Austin of Bryan, Texas; son, Steven Austin and wife Kim of Chicago, Illinois; daughter, An d’ Lis Cromeans and husband Darin of Frisco, Texas; daughter, Jeanlizbeth Skinner and husband Alan of The Colony, Texas; her grandchildren, Kimberly Nachtsheim, Ilysa Austin, Trammel Austin, Quincy Austin, Jordan Cromeans and wife Reana, Jason Cromeans, Marilyn Skinner and Austin Skinner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Baptist Church, General Fund, 3100 Cambridge Drive, Bryan, Texas 77802

“Her children arise and call her blessed....” Proverbs 31:28


  • Steven & Kim Austin, Son & Daughter-in-law
  • Martha Austin, Daughter
  • An d' Lis & Darin Cromeans, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Jeanlizbeth & Alan Skinner, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Charles & Wanda Williams, Brother & Sister-in-law
  • Quinn & Millie Williams, Brother & Sister-in-law
  • Kimberly Nachtsheim, Grandchild
  • Ilysa Austin, Grandchild
  • Trammel Austin, Grandchild
  • Quincy Austin, Grandchild
  • Jordan & Reana Cromeans, Grandchild & Spouse
  • Jason Cromeans, Grandchild
  • Marilyn Skinner, Grandchild
  • Austin Skinner, Grandchild
  • N U M E R O U S, Nieces & Nephews
  • James Greer Austin, Ex-Husband
  • Louis Williams, Father
  • Jane Elizabeth Quinn, Mother
  • James Williams, Brother
  • Louis & Doreen Williams, Brother & Sister-in-law
  • Frank Williams, Brother

  • Jordan Cromeans
  • Jason Cromeans
  • Trammel Austin
  • Darin Cromeans
  • Alan Skinner
  • Mike Jones
  • Tony Morton
  • Bubba Rosenkranz


  • VISITATION Friday, January 25, 2019
  • CELEBRATION OF LIFE Saturday, January 26, 2019

Marilyn Jane Austin

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Leon Dorsey

January 28, 2019

Marilyn always was smiling and with a friendy laugh. She enjoyed our high school reunions and had a daughter(Martha). as I recall, bring her. My heart goes out to all of you. All my love, too. Leon Dorsey, class of HHS, 1949.

Sheilah Pantin

January 24, 2019

I will always remember Marilyn Austin as the sweetest , prettiest, friendliest Southern Belle. She was always lovely and gracious to everyone she met.
She touched the lives and hearts so many. I know she is wearing her well deserved crown and smiling down on us. My thoughts and prayers are with all who love her.

Elaine Beasley

January 22, 2019

Marilyn Austin. Was the kindest and sweetest lady. I met her about thirty four years ago. Loved her the first time I saw her and still do. She will always have a special place in my heart
We will miss her but she will never be forgotten. Rest my precious friend. Love you

Kay Kinard Bushman

January 22, 2019

I simply loved and adored this lady. She was so kind to an extremely shy 7th grader who really struggled being the new kid at school. Through the years she continued to be such an influence on my life through all she did. She was an amazing lady filled with love, grace and a beautiful smile. I can only hope to touch someone's life someday as she touched mine.

Phee Thompson

January 22, 2019

I can TRULY say, the WORK that SHE had DONE SPEAKS FOR HER! The LIFE SHE had LIVED SPEAKS FOR HER! BUT most importantly, the SERVICE that SHE GAVE SPEAKS FOR HER!!! Now, she can rest peacefully without ANY worries!!! REST ON, Madear, REST ON!!! YOUR legacy WILL live on FOREVER!!! We LOVE YOU DEARLY!!!

(Your extended family) Cliff, Phee, Shel, Abby, Serenity and Neveah!😘

Nancy Hewitt Manford

January 22, 2019

Marilyn was a huge part of my life and I simply adored her. She made so many memories for all of her Lassos; her positive attitude, can-do spirit and loving nature impacted all who came into her life. There really are no words to express how sad I am for you, her children and grandchildren. She was already an angel when she walked with me!

Martha Austin

January 22, 2019

For our Precious Momma...

A Mother’s Crown
By an Unknown Author

Heaven lit up with a mighty presence,
as the Angels all looked down.
Today the Lord was placing the jewels
Into my mother’s crown.
He held up a golden crown,
as my darling mother looked on.
He said in His gentle voice,
‘I will now explain each one.’
‘The first gem,’ He said, ‘is a Ruby,
and it’s for endurance alone,
for all the nights you waited up
for your children to come home.’
‘For all the nights by their bedside,
you stayed till the fever went down.
For nursing every little wound,
I add this ruby to your crown.’
‘An emerald, I’ll place by the ruby,
for leading your child in the right way.
For teaching them the lessons,
That made them who they are today.’
‘For always being right there,
through all life’s important events.
I give you a sapphire stone,
for the time and love you spent.’
‘For untying the strings that held them,
when they grew up and left home.
I give you this one for courage.’
Then the Lord added a garnet stone.
‘I’ll place a stone of amethyst,’ He said.
‘For all the times you spent on your knees,
when you asked if I’d take care of your children,
and then for having faith in Me.’
‘I have a pearl for every little sacrifice
that you made without them knowing.
For all the times you went without,
to keep them happy, healthy and growing.’
‘And last of all I have a diamond,
the greatest one of all,
for sharing unconditional love
whether they were big or small.’
‘It was your love that helped them grow
Feeling safe and happy and proud
A love so strong and pure
It could shift the darkest cloud.’
After the Lord placed the last jewel in,
He said, ‘Your crown is now complete,
You’ve earned your place in Heaven
With your children at your feet.