Lillian Joyce Smith Austin

September 15, 1930August 12, 2012

Lillian Joyce (Smith) Austin, 81, of Terre Haute, passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2012, at Union Hospital. She was born on September 15, 1930, in Pontiac, MI to Walter and Ruby (Moore) Smith. She married James J. Austin. Lillian worked as a beautician and a housewife. She loved to travel, play bingo, and was a big kid at heart. She was known for her sense of humor and contagious laughter. She was a cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister and a loving wife. She will be truly missed and never forgotten.

Lillian is survived by her daughter, Joyce Virostko and her husband Gary of Rockville; grandchildren, LeeAnn Moody of Terre Haute, SuzAnne Austin of Terre Haute, and Michael Virostko of Walton Beach, FL; great-grandchildren, Kendall Austin, Eden, Daven, and Damen Moody, all of Terre Haute; brothers, Melvin Smith of Terre Haute, and Benny Smith and his wife Becky of Seelyville; sisters, Mary Ellen Stansberry of Terre Haute, Corrine Phelps of La Mesa, CA, Doris Venters and her husband Delbert of Plant City, FL; Delores Wilson and her husband Edward of Terre Haute; an aunt Martha Moore of Rockville; and brother-in-law Larry Austin and his wife Dorothy of KY, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents, a son, James E. Austin, and brothers, Edward and William Smith.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 16 from 3:30 until 5:30 at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony will be held at 5:30 on Thursday, August 16 at the funeral home with Pastor Marvin Miller officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, August 16, 2012
  • Funeral Ceremony Thursday, August 16, 2012

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Gene Brookens

September 24, 2012

Joyce, My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort

Al Stith

August 17, 2012

Don't be sad Joyce. She had such a fun life. Every thing she did was a moment to remember. Every one that knew her,will remember her gift to make them laugh. She made me laugh so many time. Even if it was a serious topic,good old Lil,made it seem much lighter. I would imagine she is now bossing your Dad and Brother around. Oh yea!!! And cheating her late friends in games.. Dang I never caught her

Lee Ann Austin-Moody

August 16, 2012

Your memory will live on in the lives you have touched!! So many of my childhood memories are the absolute best because you made them happen!! I will forever love you but I am at peace with knowing you are no longer in pain & suffering! I am certain you are so happy to have been reunited with Dad & Grandpa!! That makes me smile!! Love you always Grandma!!

Retta (Carroll) Evans

August 15, 2012

Joyce, I'm so very sorry for you loss. You mother was one awesome lady. I remember our younger days and everything we done was funny to her, she always had a smile. I have tried to find you for a very long time. Get ahold of me at 417-294-8112 and we can share some memories. R.I.P Lil.

August 15, 2012

Joyce,Sorry to her about the passing of your Mother, I hold wonderful memories of her . She had a wonderful spirit about her and was so much fun. I loved her laughter. . I know she will be missed , Lillian ( witchie-poo ) You can now Rest in Peace and I know that wonderful husband of yours is by your side . Make the Heavens your home and your playground .

William Joseph Jr

Frank & Cindy Smith

August 14, 2012

May God bless you in your time of sorrow.