Carol Austin

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Carol M. Austin, longtime Anchorage resident, passed away Monday, April 16, 2012, a few days after her 91st birthday. She was born in Casper, Wyoming on April 11, 1921 to Amos Joseph and Matilda Ernst White. A child of the Great Depression Era, her family traveled across the country in search of work, finally settling down in Chicago, Illinois.

In June of 1943, Carol joined the Spars, the female division of the Coast Guard, where she was stationed in Boston, MA as a military court recorder. She completed her tour of duty in 1946 and returned to her civilian life in Chicago, IL.

Carol White made her grand journey to Anchorage, Alaska in 1949 and worked in the civil service at the local military base. In her first years in the Last Frontier, she traveled the far corners of the state. In 1956 she married Arthur "Art" Austin and became a stay at home mother. Following the 1964 Alaskan Earthquake, she returned to work, acting as a secretary/administrative assistant for such local notables as Ed Boyko and Howard Pollock.

She began her career in real estate working for Brooke Marston at Marston Real Estate. It was there that she got her Real Estate Sales license, and later her Real Estate Broker License. Eventually she opened her own office Austin Real Estate, and took great pride in most of her business coming from referrals of family and friends of previous clients.

Carol and Art took a brief stint away from life in Alaska from 1976 to 1985, living in Dungeness, WA and Mesa, AZ. In the 80's Carol became a "snowbird", spending the summers in Anchorage. In 1985 she returned and spent the rest of her life in the Alaska she loved so much.

Among her interests in life she enjoyed playing rubber bridge and hosted many bridge parties. Carol began playing duplicate bridge at the Anchorage Bridge Center in her 80's, where she became a junior grand master.

Over the years she maintained life long friendships with many friends and family. Of those remaining; Shirley Jonasen, Helen "Leddy" Dalgish, Elaine Bepko, Adelaide Russell, Dianne and John Meyer, Margaret Erwin, Frank Nyman, Eleanor Klingel, Nancy Reed, Sharon Stonke, Dr. David Beal, Virgina Wolfe, Robert and Dawn Stiver to name but a few.

On April 11, 2012 Carol celebrated her 91st birthday with her son, Lyle Austin, son, daughter-in-law, and grandson Larry, Cheryl, and Lucas Austin, daughter and son-in-law Laurie Austin Bruce and Kevin Bruce, and granddaughter and grandson-in-law Erin and Ryan Gallagher, and Dr. David Beal.

She was preceded in death by daughter Linda (1972) and husband Arthur (1985).

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 28, 2012 at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel;

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2012