Shirley Ruth Austin of Columbia, Mo., died March 7, 2013, at the age of 76.

She was born on March 23, 1936, to Louis T. and Cora B. Peterson in Preston.

She graduated from Preston High School in 1954. In 1957, she married Thomas Austin at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Owatonna.

She held secretary jobs at Hormel in Austin, Glen Lake T.B. out-patient clinic in Minneapolis, and the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.. She and her husband founded Austin Coffee Service which she operated for 25 years before retiring.

She was involved in many community organizations such as Our Lady of Lourdes Church where she was active in the Women of Lourdes, was an eucharistic minister, served communion to the homebound, was a choir member, and a CCD teacher. She was also active in the Columbia Mother Singers group.

She was a Red Cross blood and apheresis donor since 1971.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Austin; sons, Edward (Kim) of Ballwin, Mo., and Joel (Sherry) of Fenton, Mo.; daughters, Karen (Brian) Douglas of Wardsville, Mo., and Sue (Brad) Cunningham from Columbia, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Matthew Austin, Cori Austin, Tara Austin, Ashley Austin, Scott Douglas, Kevin Douglas, Mary Douglas, Austin Cunningham, and Andrew Cunningham; a sister, Laurice (Cloy) Kneeskern of Preston; and nephews, nieces and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her sister, Maxine Jones of Cucamonga, Calif.

The funeral was held March 11 in Columbia.

Memorials are suggested to Father Tolton Catholic High School Fund 3351 East Gans Road, Columbia, MO 65201.