Ethel Pearl (Boggs) Augenstein (1915 - 2012)

  • "Even though it has been years since I have seen Jake and..."
  • "R.I.P., Ethel. When I think of my early Sunday School..."
    - Sherry Smith-Stanford
  • "Grandma Ethel made me feel like I was one of her..."
    - Jamie Jaskiewicz
  • "She was a gem! My thoughts and prayers are with you and..."
    - Donna (Williams) Yost
  • "Aunt Ethyl was a JEWEL."
    - thelma boggs

Ethel Pearl (Boggs) Augenstein, 97, of Vandalia, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at her home.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday and one hour before services on Saturday, both at the church. Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: First Baptist Church Building Fund or Fayette County Health Department Hospice, both in Vandalia. Online condolences may be shared at
Mrs. Augenstein was born on Jan. 12, 1915, the daughter of Edward Michael and Rilla Oletha Jeffs Boggs. She married Jacob "Jake" Martin Augenstein; he died on Dec. 12, 1966.
She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she served in the nursery for may years and was head of the kitchen. Her church family was the joy of her life! She loved going on trips with the seniors' OASIS group, especially enjoying Branson. She worked at Johnson, Stephens and Shinkle Shoe Factory, and during World War II, she worked in a defense factory in St. Louis, where she was a riveter. She worked at Murray's Cleaners, and was a hostess at Robbins, Jay's and Abe Lincoln Restaurants. She was head cook at Vandalia Community High School for 25 years. She made many beautiful, intricate wedding cakes, and helped many Vandalia brides plan their weddings. She was sought out as a caterer for factory picnics, holiday celebrations, parties and anniversaries. She was happiest when sharing her wit, stories and love with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was a Girl Scout leader and a member of Soroptimist International, which honored her as a Soroptimist of the Year. She was a member of the Lucky Thirteen Club and loved to play bunco and pinochle.
She is survived by a daughter, Ginger and her husband Gene Wells of Vandalia; grandchildren, Rick Wells and his wife Sherri of Vandalia, and Traci and her husband Daniel Small of Hanahan, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Ashley and her husband Michael McCormick of East Alton, Brandon Wells of Vandalia, Stephanie and her husband Christopher DuPlayee of Vandalia, and Andrew, Brooklynn and Carson Small of Hanahan, S.C.; great-great-grandchildren, Bennett McCormick, and Christian, Faith and Justice DuPlayee; sisters-in-law, Carolee Boggs of Vandalia and Frances Boggs of Ecorse, Mich.; brother-in-law, Jesse Augenstein of Sunny Hills, Fla.; many nieces and nephews; friends; and special neighbor, Amanda Crow.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ray Boggs and his wife Hazel, Louis "Strawberry" Boggs and his wife Dorothy, Roy "Buck" Boggs, Hugh Boggs and his wife Julie, Carl Boggs and his wife Pauline, and Gene Boggs; and sister, Wilma Boggs.
Published in The Leader-Union from Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, 2012
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