Nov 25, 2019 3:12 AM

Trudy Lynn Austin 1937 - 2019

Posted Nov 25, 2019 3:12 AM

Trudy Lynn Austin 82, of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Saturday, November 23, 2019 at a St. Joseph Health Care Center.

She was born September 20, 1937 in Chillicothe, Missouri, daughter of the late Lola M. and Theodore R. Austin Sr. She moved with her family to St Joseph in 1942, and attended South Park Elementary, and she was a 1955 graduate from Lafayette High School. She worked as a cashier for many years at Green Hills Grocery and the Trading Post Grocery on King Hill Avenue. She began working as a custodian at Benton High School in 1985, retiring in 1999 from the school district. She had many dear lifelong friends in South St Joe, and she was a naturally talented musician, who had a sentimental weakness for children and dogs.

Trudy was preceded in death by her mother, Lola Mae Jonke, sister, Barbara Kerns, brothers, Donald Austin and T. R. Austin Jr, nephew, Chris Austin, niece, Jerri Lynn Kerns, and friend, Sara Montgomery.

Survivors include; nephew Ron (Luan) Kerns, grandniece Kelly Davis Kerns, two grandnephews, Paul Kerns and Brad (Daidre)Kerns all of St Joseph. A nephew, Craig (Brenda) Austin of Nixa, Missouri, and a niece Donnell (John) Austin Bradford of Lakewood, Colorado, as well as many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm Tuesday, with funeral services at 2:00 pm Tuesday at the Rupp Funeral Home, Rev. Jim Barnett officiating. The interment will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Mary Anna Smith  1927 - 2019

Mary Anna Smith, 92, of St. Joseph, passed away November 20, 2019.

Mary Anna was born on March 10, 1927, in Galesburg, Illinois, to the late Edith and Harold Smith of Rea, Missouri.

In addition to her parents, Mary Anna is preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Leonetti of Eugene, Oregon, and lifetime friend Kathleen R. "Willie" Wilson.

Mary Anna graduated from King City High School in 1945. She is a 1948 graduate of Missouri Methodist Hospital, School of Nursing and a graduate of South Missouri School of Anesthesia, where she received her certification as a Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She worked for one year at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri. She then moved to St. Joseph and worked at the Thompson, Brumm, Knepper Clinic as a nurse anesthetist. Mary Anna stayed with the same anesthesiology group, working at both Missouri Methodist and Sisters Hospital, and eventually Heartland Hospital until retiring in 1988. Mary Anna was a member of Wyatt Park Christian Church; a 50 year member of Eastern Star of Whitesville, Missouri No. 538 and loved planting flowers and working in her yard.

Survived by nephew, Rev. Stephen J. (Judy) Leonetti of Alhambra, California and two nieces: Kathleen (James) Doty, Alhambra, California and Ruth (John) Edsall, Vancouver, Washington; and dear friends, David & Diana Slawson, Betty Schneider, Wendy Batteral, Rick & Beth Ream, Marlene Miller, Melanie Keith and Robin Duvall.

Mary Anna has been cremated under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph. There will be a celebration of life at Wyatt Park Christian Church at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 30, 2019. The family suggests memorial contributions to Wyatt Park Christian Church or Freudenthal Hospice.