Obituaries & Tributes
Willie Jo Austin
date of birth September 20 1926
date of death November 4 2019
Our family lost our beloved matriarch on 4 Nov 2019 - Willie Jo Brewster was born 20 Sep 1926 in Wellington, Texas, to Travis and Hixie DeArman Brewster. She was a child of the Great Depression, coming of age at the close of World War II. She was devoted to her family - her adored older brother Wendell predeceased her, but she always desired to stay in touch with his children and cousins of her youth. She married WWII vet L.M. “Slats” Austin, Jr. in Lubbock, Texas, both Texas Tech students. As usual at the time, their first child was welcomed a year later, followed by two more, all equally loved. As a Tech student, she had thought to work for an oil company in South America, taking business and Spanish classes. She changed her mind when she met her beloved “Ayul Eum,” pronounced in her heavy Texas accent. They met while they were bowling in Sep 1945, engaged on their first date, and married 27 Jan 1946. Their marriage was a happy one, as they stood together through the joys and trials that 66 years of marriage bring. They transplanted to Oregon in 1964 and were always content with that decision. Slats was an electrical engineer by training, and they owned an energy consulting business after their move. Slats predeceased her in 2012, together having three children: Karen (Bob Blum), Craig (Jamie Farah Austin), and Lynne (Dave Carrano); 7 grandchildren and 8 great- grandchildren.
Grandchildren most often mentioned her unconditional love, followed closely by her “nail sharp” intellect. She could remember just about any past occurrence - date, day and detail. She enjoyed playing bridge, as it combined friends and thinking. She also loved to sing and could power-whistle. Outings with grandkids in the car were usually accompanied by family favorite songs. With her excellent memory, she was able to recall stories of her country kin in a distant past, acquainting this generation with the humanity, toil and courage of generations past. Grandkids also mentioned dinners for extended family and that she remembered each person’s favorite food. We honor and remember her with much love.
Funeral services will be held at St John the Baptist Episcopal Church 6300 SW Nicol Rd, Portland, OR 97223 on Saturday November 16th at 1:30 PM
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Gabriel Episcopal Church 17435 NW West Union Rd, Portland, OR 97229 or St John the Baptist Episcopal Church 6300 SW Nicol Rd, Portland, OR 97223.
14 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Autumn Funerals, Cremation & Burial Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Lynne Ann You be so missed by all of your family and friends who all loved you. Life will never be the same without you. I love you, Mom.
Candle lit by Mark and Leshia Brewster
Candle lit by Jan and Robert Carrano
Candle lit by Kathleen Coombs Laborico Cousin Jo will be missed by all who knew her. She was kind and loving to everyone.
Candle lit by Kathleen Coombs Laborico
Candle lit by Richard &Vickey Austin God Bless you Aunt Jo. We share special memories with you and Uncle Slats, Karen, Craig and Lynn.
Candle lit by Kaylie Foster You had the kindest heart & the warmest of souls, Mama Jo. I will be forever grateful for your unconditional love and care throughout my life. I know my love of chocolate stems from you, so thank you for passing that along ;) You will be forever missed, but never forgotten. I love you, Mama Jo!
Candle lit by Chris Foster I will miss you everday "Mama Jo." Even though you're gone, your light is stll bright. I love you.
Candle lit by Gary & Gay Hamilton So very sorry Lynne, she was a beautiful lady, and you look just like her. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Candle lit by Mary Ann Lawrence Your Mom was a great friend and I truly miss her! My deepest sympathy to her loving family!
Candle lit by Dubba & Char Lehman Auntie is a Woman of many talents, but most of all the Love she had for her Family! We were so lucky to be bless by being able to spend precious time with her and Uncle! Forever our Love! Dubba & Char
Candle lit by Barbara Brewster Billy Marcum I’m so sad to no longer have Aunt Jo. How I loved her.
Candle lit by Steve & Lynn Amarante You are in our thoughts ♥️