Clauddea Faye Austin (Lynn), 77, wife of Donald Gene Austin, long time resident of Owasso, OK, passed away at home from metastatic melanoma cancer. Clauddea Austin was born on February 4, 1945 to JC Lynn and Linnie Lynn (Chitwood) in rural Atoka County, Oklahoma.
Clauddea is a 1963 graduate of Raymond S McLain High School. After graduation she worked at Chief Freight Lines. There she was a member of the Women’s Transportation Club of Tulsa. It was at Chief Freight Lines where she met her future husband, Gene Austin, and made numerous lifelong friends that became close as family. Clauddea married Gene Austin (the love of her life and knight in shining armor) March 31, 1977. To this marriage union he brought 3 children, Julie (16), Kevin (14) and Michelle (9).
Clauddea always said nobody needs two moms, but she’d like to be their very best friend. Gene and Clauddea welcomed home a baby girl, Gena Marie, an unexpected blessing on July 5, 1980. Chief Freight Lines filed bankruptcy on October 7, 1981. Knowing Clauddea wouldn’t be able to get a job with
3 weeks paid vacation and numerous other benefits they decided that she would stay home and they would trust the Lord with their future. Clauddea has such a big heart and it was always hard for her to say no to volunteer opportunities. She helped out in Gena’s preschool and elementary schools. She became very involved with Camp Fire when Gena was in kindergarten. She stayed her leader through the 12th grade upon graduation from high school and Camp Fire. She was also Gena’s homeschool teacher for 5 ½ years. She and Gene were involved with S.A.I.L (Suicide Awareness Is Life), Boy Scouts of America and Life Alternative to name a few. Gene and Clauddea loved to travel! They have gone to 47 of the 50 states. They’ve traveled to the Great Wall of China, drove to San Luis Potosi, Old Mexico, went on several cruises and bus trips, and numerous family road trips.
Gene, Clauddea and Gena attended First Christian Church in Owasso from 1987-1994. Clauddea and Gene were involved in several areas in this Church volunteering. They helped cook meals Wednesdays before evening Church, volunteered in the nursery, helped with Vacation Bible School, and volunteered for Life Alternative. At Life Alternative she helped with whatever was needed. She talked to young girls who were pregnant trying to make life changing decisions on keeping their baby, choosing adoption or abortion. She and Gene went to prolife rallies and parades. She was very passionate about choosing life.
Gene, Clauddea, and Gena started going to Owasso First Assembly in 1994. Clauddea has been very involved in the church with helping with dinners, Bible studies, nursery, door greeting, she helped organize a woman’s conference, she helped with John 3:16. She taught PRIMS class in 1998-1999. Gene and Clauddea generously opened up their home to the Sunday Afternoon Community group they were in charge of. Their community group grew to become family.
Clauddea loved reading. She was involved with the Pryor Oklahoma book club named Cover to Cover Girls Book Club. She started a group of friends called Sister Chicks with Helen Johnson.
Clauddea was a faithful member for several years of the Thursday Round Table Bible Study led by Joan Cunningham until she got too sick to attend. Clauddea will forever be grateful to Sarah McCoy, for all that she has not only taught her as her Sunday School/Christian Living Class teacher, but as her mentor and the many conversations helping Clauddea to truly understand Christ-like forgiveness and to grow in her faith.
Clauddea is proceeded in death by her parents, Linnie (1981) and JC (2015), son, “baby boy Williams”
(1972), and stepson, Kevin (2010).
Gene and Clauddea did everything together…worship, work, volunteer and play. They are a great role model for young couples just starting with their marriage.
Clauddea is survived by her husband Gene Austin, of the home of years. Sisters, Margie Kendall of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Leslie (Rick) Hensley of Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Sister-in-law, Sharon (Bill) Marcotte of Kansas City, Missouri. Clauddea’s kinded spirit sister, Pat Carter of Owasso, Oklahoma.
Special cousins, Carolyn (Gary) Long of Adair, Oklahoma, JoAnn Douglas of Pryor, Oklahoma, and Gary Chitwood of Ramona, Oklahoma. Step daughter, Julie (Dwaine) Bell of St Louis, Missouri. Step daughter, Michelle (Mickey) Morquecho of Flower Mound, Texas. Daughter in law, Charity Austin of Oktaha, Oklahoma. Daughter, Gena (Michael) Isaac of Owasso, Oklahoma. Grandchildren Robbie (Tabitha) Nelson, Summer (Jack) Foster, Travis (Chastity) Nelson, Wesley (Rayza) Bell, Amber (David) Hoffer, Hailey Austin, Adam Austin, Brent Kerr, Alyssa Kerr, Jaedi Morquecho, and Laeni Morquecho and 13 great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
I would like to thank our daughter, Gena Austin Isaac, for the special time Jesus allowed us to spend together working on the obituary. I know it was hard for her. We laughed, cried, and prayed as we slowly said “good bye”. I would also like to thank my husband, Gene, for all our trips down memory lane.
Never forget, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment… until it becomes a memory”.
Clauddea was blessed with many more years than her Dr.’s original prognosis in 1994 and again in 2016.
We thank our Father God for that precious time and so many more memories. Clauddea is known as a fighter with great unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. Her example through a lot of trying times in her life has been such an inspiration for many people. She was so strong, but would be quick to tell you her strength came from the Lord. She was compassionate, a very hard worker, prayer warrior, and was always wanting to study and learn all she could about anything pertaining to her Creator. Clauddea’s family and friends were her life. She made everyone feel at home and important. She would do anything for anyone at any time. She just asks that those of you who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ, to give Him a try. You will never be sorry.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at Mowery Funeral Service in Owasso. Funeral Service will be held 10:30 a.m., on Friday, May 6, 2022, at Owasso First Assembly of God in Owasso, Oklahoma.
Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service of Owasso.