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Laura Ione Martin Austin

Memphis, TN

Laura Ione Martin Austin, age 83, retired business woman, died Tuesday, January 31, 2017 after suffering a stroke.

Laura was a three-time winner of the McWherter Senior Center "Volunteer of the Year," recipient of the Exchange Club of Memphis "Golden Deed of the Year" award, a Service Core of Retired Executives volunteer counselor, and while President of the MidSouth Exporters Roundtable was instrumental in obtaining an organizational "President's E-Award" from President George Bush. Laura served as Vice-President for BiWOOD International, Inc., on the Board of Directors for the World Trade Club, and was the principal of Austin Associates, a consulting firm.

Laura founded The Tennessee Twisters, a line dance organization for seniors with an average age of 68 years, rolled her way to the Memphis Bowling Association Women's Handicap Champion, and was a watercolorist, whose paintings have been hung in galleries.

She shared a love of her church with her husband and was a frequent volunteer in a Christian ministry for adults with special needs.

She is survived by James Austin, her husband of 34 years; two daughters- Lori Clark and Debra Dixon; a brother Michael Martin and his wife Marion; her son-in-law, Wayne Dixon; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; two stepsons, Joseph and Jim Austin, Jr., their wives and children.

A memorial service will be held at Forest Hill Funeral Home East on March 11, 2017 at 2 p.m., with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Friends of Faith at 4210 Alturia Rd. Suite # 118, Bartlett, TN 38135.

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Published in The Commercial Appeal on Feb. 9, 2017
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