Hope Read Austin

June 3, 1921April 11, 2013

Hope Read Austin, 91, of Lubbock. Born in Hillsboro, she moved to Lubbock with her parents, Charlie and Lucile Read, in 1922. Hope was a graduate of Lubbock High and Texas Tech. She married Henry W. Austin, who predeceased her in 1965. Together, they were founding members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. They had four children, Virginia Hope York, Henry W. Austin, Jr., Lucile Warren Rogers and Margaret Ann Austin.

Hope was always active in her church, and she volunteered with West Texas Lighthouse for the Blind and St. Mary’s Hospital. She taught literacy to adults and children. Following Henry’s death she worked for many years in the placement office at Texas Tech. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was a faithful Christian who cherished her parish family and touched the lives of many people.

Hope is survived by her four children, twelve grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, sisters Bobbie Thompson Estes and ‘Cile Redus, and her dear friend David Lamb-Vines. A visitation will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home on Sunday, April 14, 2013 from 6 to 8 PM. Burial services will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 1101 Slide Road on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 1 PM.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Episcopal Relief and Development,

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  • Funeral Service Monday, April 15, 2013
  • Visitation Sunday, April 14, 2013

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Kathy Sheriff

June 30, 2013

I shared many wonderful conversations about Lubbock during tea time with Hope and her sweet sisters while living in Lubbock working on my doctorate degree at TTU. I often think of Hope and her kind words and her stories telling of her love for her sisters and their home life growing up in West Texas. I absolutely loved those Sunday afternoon teas and feel so very honored to have had the opportunity to meet Hope and hear the stories from all three sisters. I specifically recall her telling me I could not call her Miss Hope because she wasn't old and that made her feel old (though she was nearing 90 years). She told me to call her Hope (pronounced Hopie)....and that was that. She always made me feel special when Sunday afternoon tea was served at her home. Hope always wanted to know about my studies and how my courses were going at Tech. She was a wonderful encourager. I still think of those times with fond pleasure around 4:00pm on Sundays. Dr. Kathy Sheriff

Karmen Hopkins

April 16, 2013

Ginny, Sonny, Lucy, and Margaret,
You and your parents were such a huge part of my growing up! From overlooking parades, to practicing for the eclipse by walking the neighborhoods blindfolded, to journeys in drainage pipes, cicadas, cardboard block houses, wagons, dolls and doll houses, Beatles bands, and your Mom always having Hershey syrup for milk.

(My mom, 97, now lives with us - so we're still blessed.)

All of you will always hold a place in my heart. I'll hold you there extra tightly now.

Judy Johnson

April 14, 2013

Hope and I spent many great times together as an altar guild team at St. Stephen's. She was kind, and funny, and full of energy. She loved her children and her church and took great pride in both, without being prideful. In her well-deserved rest, she remains one of God's finer creations. I hope to see you again someday, sister woman.
Love, Judy

JO Austin

April 14, 2013


April 14, 2013

Sincere condolences from the families of Patsie Ross and
Paul Milosevich.

April 13, 2013

Hope was a real inspiration to me.She was such a good woman.She will be sorely missed by all who were blessed to have known her.Steve Clark


April 13, 2013

I'm sorry to hear about Hope passing away. When I was going to school at Tech in the Mid 80's, I was a student worker in the Career, Planning & Placement office. I enjoyed working there with her. She loved her job and she often spoke about her children. She will be missed.

Tracy Mason

April 13, 2013

Hope was an amazing lady with a gentle and kind spirit. I can hear her saying "I am your only Hope" with a big smile and a laugh. She loved to talk about her family, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren as well as her St. Stephens family. A thoughtful and loving person with a heart many times larger than her small frame, she gladly prayed for anyone in need. I loved her honest and frank opinions about the largest and smallest things in life. Hope was truly an extraordinary lady that I loved to call my friend.

Alisa Perry-Daniel

April 13, 2013

What a blessing Hope was to so many, Lucy, your mom was always so sweet to me and I never forgot that, love driving by Tech Terrace and remembering the fun. I have to think about your mom , she was a great supporter. You all were so blessed to have had such a sweet and giving Lady. My prayers are with you and your family during this time of need.