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High Springs - Wendolynn (Wendy) Sara Buehler Austin, 55, of High Springs, FL died Tuesday morning January 15, 2013, at E.T. York Haven Hospice in Gainesville, after an extended illness. Mrs. Austin was born in Lincoln, IL on February 28, 1957 to Mr. and Mrs. Albert James Buehler, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Austin was raised in Chestnut, IL and graduated from Mt. Pulaski High School in 1975 and enlisted in the U.S. Army that same year. After being promoted to Sergeant, she left the service to pursue a college degree at the University of Florida while being involved in their ROTC program. Mrs. Austin graduated the University of Florida in 1986 with a degree in computer science and accepted a regular Army active duty commission as a Signal Corps Officer. She met and married Paul Austin in 1992 while stationed at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. She and her family then left the military during a military drawn down period and returned to Florida.
Mrs. Austin has been employed by the State of Florida Department of Corrections since May 1993 working in several areas throughout the state. She last worked as a Computer Systems Administrator. She also received a 20 year retirement letter from the Army Reserves in 1998 as a Major. Wendy recently has been actively involved in her church and life group with Christ Central of Alachua. She loved studying God's Word, candy and bringing a smile to others.
Mrs. Austin is survived by her husband, Paul Austin; daughter, Amelia (Amie) Nicole Buehler Kaufman; brothers, Bert and Hugh Buehler; sister, Cathy Gerdes and one granddaughter.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Christ Central Church of Lake City, 217 Dyal Road, Lake City, FL 32024, with Pastor John Mark Johns officiating. Arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorials to the
, 2119 SW 16th Street Gainesville, FL 32608.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2013