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Sandra Cupples "Raye" Austin

Sandra "Raye"' Cupples Austin

"When Christ shall come, with shouts of acclamation, to take me home, what joy shall fill my heart." Sandra "Raye"' Cupples Austin, 66, of LeCompte, passed on into eternal rest on January 6, 2013. Born December 1, 1946.

Raye is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Austin and Sally Austin Greathouse; a son-in-law, Scott Greathouse; two grandsons, Brady Austin and Owen Greathouse; and a granddaughter Greathouse, due to be born in February, 2013. She is also survived by six sisters and three brothers: her twin, Catherine Faye Cupples; Louise Scarbrock Perkins; Lanell Cupples Hilborn; Brenda Cupples French; and Wilson, Rachel, Phillip, and Vivian Ann Cupples and their families.

Raye is preceded in death by her father and mother, Louis G. "Dutch" and Daisy Rougeau Scarbrock; and by her birth parents, Harold and Bertie Cupples.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in LeCompte, with Rev Ross Ford officiating. Family and friends are invited to extend condolences from noon until the time of the service in the church sanctuary.

A loving and steadfast mother, grandmother, and sister, Raye retired after 33 years of service with the LA Dept. of Transportation and Development as Human Resources Director. She served as Secretary for the local Woodmen of the World Organization. As an active member of First United Methodist in LeCompte, Raye was a board member, Sunday School teacher, soloist, activities planner, and decorator for church events. Her artistic talents carried over into many areas of her life. She worked as Head Costume Designer at City Park Players Theatre for many years. An expert seamstress, Raye designed and created costumes for Busch Gardens, Florida; mascot uniforms for local civic organizations & schools; and gowns for christenings, weddings, and Mardi Gras balls. Raye had a unique artistic vision that allowed her to craft works of beauty from ordinary things. She shared her talents as a proprietor of several boutiques. Still, she found time to sew and create countless projects for family and friends for more than 50 years.

Raye lived a bountiful life filled with family gatherings, traveling the world, and dedicating herself to her grandchildren's wellbeing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to an account for the benefit and education of her grandson: Brady Austin, c/o Red River Bank, P.O. Box 488, LeCompte, LA 71346

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Published in The Town Talk on Jan. 9, 2013
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