OBITUARY

Madeline Austin

October 28, 1929March 15, 2020
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Madeline Staples Austin, 90, of Rome, Ga., passed away on March 15, 2020, of natural causes.

Pastor Matt Duvall of First Baptist Church will officiate. Visitation will be at 12:30 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Floyd Memory Gardens.

Madeline was born in Charlottesville, Va., on Oct. 28, 1929, to Albert and Elizabeth Staples. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lane High School in Charlottesville in 1946. Notably, she was one of the first female undergraduates at the University of Virginia and received her degree in 1950. It was there she met and married the Rev. James Carter Austin, of Appomatox, Va., on Nov. 22, 1950. They were married almost 68 years at his passing April 29, 2018.

Throughout her married life, Madeline was beside her husband “Jim” in his many ministries, which included starting churches in Tennessee and Oklahoma, and pastoring Baptist churches across Georgia. Madeline taught elementary and high school classes before dedicating herself full time to being a homemaker, pastor’s wife and mother of three children and grandmother of six. Madeline had a talent for creating beautiful home environments, and loved gardening and cooking. But her greatest joy was spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren at the Rome “farm” or vacationing with them at the beach and in the North Georgia Mountains.

Madeline is survived by children Ann Orowski and her husband Stan, of Dacula, Ga., Amy Davis and her husband Joe, of Acworth, Ga., and Jim Austin and his wife Anne, of Forest, Va.; grandchildren Austin Elstad and his wife Nicole, Carter Davis and his wife Anne Marie, Hunter Davis, Grace Orowski, Ali Austin and Robin Austin; and great-granddaughters Blakely, Kinsey and Sadie Elstad; a great-grandson is due in June. She is also survived by a niece and nephew in Charlottesville.

Pallbearers include Jim Austin, Joe Davis, Stan Orowski, Austin Elstad, Carter Davis, and Hunter Davis. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church Rome Foundation, 100 E. Fourth Ave., Rome, Ga., 30161.

Services

  • Receiving Friends Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Graveside Service Friday, March 20, 2020

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Cindy Dye

March 20, 2020

My mom, Helen Smith, asked me to write a memory of Madeline.

Helen and Madeline had so much in common and became fast friends while at Winthrop. Madeline was such a wonderful lady and loved to talk about her family. My mom will miss her terribly. They had such great love and admiration for each other.

Helen wishes she could be with you on this day, but due to the lockdown at Winthrop, she is unable to attend the service.

Many prayers for you and your family as you celebrate the life of your wonderful mother and grandmother!

Dr. Floyd Roebuck

March 20, 2020

To the Austin family:

Our family has been connected to yours since the early 1950's when Jim and I were fellow seminary students in Louisville, KY. Many times and places over the years our lives have touched, and in these final retirement ones, here in Rome. We even sat one row apart in church.

Our memories are pleasant, and friendship genuine. We join you in honoring Madeline. Since we are in the high risk for virus category because of age, we are self-quarantined, and will not be at her service. But we will remember Madeline, and all of you.

Grace and Peace.

Floyd and Ann Roebuck

Patsy Wilbanks

March 18, 2020

I will miss this sweet lady so much! She always encouraged me to be better than I am. So many day's when I came through the door to go to work she would be setting in the foyer and when she saw me she would have the biggest smile on her face. I would always stop and get a hug and talk for a minute. She never realized what a beautiful start that was to my day. I could literally talk to her for hours. For me, she's the resident I will never forget ❤️

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