Julia Carmen Porfirio Lagrone Feb 16, 1916-Apr 4, 2013 Julia was preceded in death by her parents Vincenzo Porfirio and Aneta Sconci, of Cese, Italy, her siblings Angelo, Jeno, Jovana (Jenny), Alberto (Albert), Santo and Mike, and her husband, Thomas Floyd Lagrone. Julia is survived by her two children, Oliver James Miles, Jr., and Carmen Floy LaGrone, two grandchildren, Julie Miles Franco and Kimberly Crumley Norton and husband Jeremy, and three great-grandchildren, Addyson Miles Pate, Jackson and Jared Norton. Julia quit school in the 5th grade to work the cotton fields of their family tenant farm south of Austin and later worked in the commercial laundry plant in Austin to help meet family money needs. As a single mom in the early 1950's, Julia went to work as a saleslady for a dress shop, advancing to became one of the first female store managers on Congress Avenue where she managed dress shops until her retirement. After retirement, she worked at the Skyline Club Dance Hall. Julia was also very competitive, did not like to lose playing dominos, cards or at Bingo. Julia won a bronze medal in the Senior Home Olympics when she was in her early 90's. Julia was a diehard Texas Longhorn fan. In the last years of her life, she had a UT blanket that NEVER left her side, unless being washed. She would always give you the "Hook'em Horns" sign, even with her arthritic hands and fingers. At Julia's request there will not be any formal services, she wants to be remembered for when she was alive. With that in mind, there will be a Remembrance/Memorial of her life to be held on Wednesday, April 17th at 7pm, at Austin-Peel & Son Funeral Home, 607 East Anderson Ln (I-35 at US183).
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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 14, 2013