Mary Elizabeth Austin

October 31, 1929June 10, 2012

Austin, Mary Elizabeth nee Wiggins known to family and friends as Elizabeth or Liz age 82 passed away June 10, 2012 at Community Hospice. Elizabeth was born in Jacksonville, Florida on October 31, 1929 and attended Landon High School. In 1947, she married George L. Wingate and together they raised three children. She was a devoted wife and mother who is dearly loved by her family. Up till the time of her death and for the past forty one and half years she was a valuable and much loved employee of the Red Lobster. Elizabeth was predeceased by her beloved mother, Maydell Cowart and is survived by her children Cathy Best, Brian Wingate (Lyn) and Gary Wingate all of Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, she had five grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Donald Wiggins, Louise Wurster (Buck) and Sylvia Wilkinson. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in the chapel of Greenlawn Funeral Home, 4300 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32207. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, June 14, 2012 in the chapel of Greenlawn Funeral Home. Interment will immediately follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Words of comfort may be shared with the family by visiting GREENLAWN FUNERAL HOME (904) 396-2522


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mary Elizabeth Austin

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June 7, 2013

My dear, kind and loving sister, Liz (or Uba as I always called her) will always be in my heart. When she went to Heaven, I felt as though a part of me went with her. Of course, I'll see her again along with the rest of our loved ones. See you in the sweet by- and-by Uba. I love you my dear sister....

June 7, 2013

As you all know, we always called Liz "UBA". We could not pronouce her name when we were little so we uttered that name and it stuck. Uba was a wonderful sister, full of love and laughter. She had such a beautiful smile. When she was younger, I always thought she looked like Elizabeth Taylor. She was a very beautiful lady and was very dedicated to her family as well as her family at the Red Lobster.
We did not have a very good childhood, but we all grew up to be hard working people dedicated to whatever we tackled. A friend of mine wrote to me and said that we must have had a good mother as we turned out so well. We did have a good mother and we give her credit for everything.
I just hope that Uba was looking down from heaven to see what a beautiful funeral she had and how wonderful the Red Lobster and her Red Lobster family
did in connection with the funeral.
She would have loved to know that they announced on the radio a feature on UBA
and how dedicated she was to the Red Lobster.
I still miss her very much and just regret that I did not spend more time with her. I still cannot believe that she is not with us anymore. I think about her every day. Uba, I love and miss you. Much love from your sister, Louise

Gay Thompson

July 2, 2012

To the Family of Mrs. Liz, I had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Liz over 20 years ago for several years and had wonderful conversations with her. I ran into her in the last year or so and we were able to do some catching up. She always had smile on her face and a nice word for you. I wish I had been able to pay my respect to her in her final hour but I know she is looking down on all of and just smiling a way, of course, with her lipstick on.

Mrs. Liz you will be greatly missed by many!

James Cozzens

June 13, 2012

it bodes well when a persons passage through life touches so many lives that the end brings so many good thoughts and memories to the forefront.

Maurice "OB" & Ernestine O'Brien

June 13, 2012

We will miss Betty (that's what we called her), she was a wonderful lady, we were neighbors for many many years. We made it a point to keep in touch over the years, always loved talking with her, as she was so interesting to talk to. Our prayers are with Cathy, Brian, Gary and the rest of the family.

Steve Blige

June 13, 2012

What a kind and gracious lady! I worked with Mrs. Liz for 2 years at Red Lobster and she always had only the best to say about people. Her spirit was a light to many and her smile was a welcome invitation to share friendship. She was so very proud of her family…..We will sincerely miss her and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Okey Cozzens

June 13, 2012

We had only met your mother once, and she was a very loving person. We are sorry for your loss, but she is no longer in any pain, at least she went fast some people have to deal with it for a long time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Love Okey and Michelle Cozzens

Kimberly (McCormick) McLerren

June 13, 2012

To all of Liz's family and friends: We all know what a special woman Liz was, and I hope that we will all continue in her spirit to serve and love others as Liz always did. Learn from her laughter, teach others with the tenacity she did, and rejoice in your life as she did in hers. To all of her friends at Red Lobster, please know I am thinking of you, too. Liz taught us all so much. In remembrance and love, Kimberly (McCormick) McLerren, former RL server

Kimball Keller

June 13, 2012

What a wonderful beautiful lady...I worked at Red Lobster about 5 years ago and I so enjoyed rolling silverware with Mrs. Austin. We chit chatted and laughed...she was a fantastic person full of life. She was so loved by everyone at Red Lobster. R.I.P. You kind soul.

June 13, 2012

May the family find comfort in the memories. Keeping in mind the Scriptural hope of everlasting life can help to sustain us during difficult times (John 17:3)