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Vera Paulene Austin

January 21, 1930 - September 19, 2020


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    Dieter Hulfachor says

    Living next door to Paulene and her family during my youth and then seeing her in the yard each time I would come back to visit my parents as an adult, leaves wonderfully pleasant memories of lady who was always friendly and interested in what was going on with me. As my own parents were aging, we felt that Paulene was always there to lend a helping hand if needed. Knowing that each of us has a limited time on this earth doesn’t lessen the sadness to hear that her time was up. My deepest sympathies to Paul and Cynthia and the rest of the family.

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    Leslie Hulfachor says

    Echoing my brothers sentiments, I am sad at her passing. Always an interesting and wonderful neighbor. My deepest condolences to all the family.

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    Judy Weyerbacher says

    Paulene was a very kind and helpful lady, to anyone who needed her. She loved her family beyond words and they felt the same about her.
    I feel very fortunate to have been part of the Padgett family for many years.

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Vera Paulene Austin, age 90, passed away on September 19, 2020.  Vera was born to Paul P. and Alma (Cole) Padgett on January 21, 1930 in Brandenburg, Kentucky.

Vera owned Paulene’s Sandwich and Pie Shop for over 20 years.  She loved being outdoors tending to her flowers or visiting with friends.  After closing the Pie Shop, she worked as a caregiver both private and for Visiting Nurse Plus.  Although she was in her 70’s at the time, she never looked or acted her age, her patient’s would often tell her “you will understand when you get to be my age”.  She never told them that she was almost always older than they were.  She loved her family especially her grandchildren.  She delighted in taking them line dancing, the fall festival and yearly trips to Holiday World.  She was well known for her pie baking and desserts , teaching any family member who wanted to learn, keeping several of her recipes secret.  “She could make some wonderful pies!”  In recent years, she had really enjoyed watching the different birds that visited the many feeders, especially the hummingbirds and yellow finch, which were her favorites.  She would sit and talk to Echo (cat) and JuJu (dog) telling them stories, when she thought nobody was listening, and give the biggest laugh when they looked like they were hanging on every word.

Vera is preceded in death by her husband Charles Austin; her parents Paul and Alma; daughter in law Lynne Austin; brothers Robert Padgett, and Lawrence Weyerbacher; sisters Arlene Chanley and Joyce Robb.  She is survived by her son Paul Austin, daughter Cynthia (Rick) Phillips, step-daughter MaryAnn Lowrance; and brother Joe Weyerbacher.  In addition, she is survived by her grandchildren Lillie, Erin, Jacob, Colin, Gary, Genelle, Julie, and Michael.  Also surviving her are numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

The family would like to thank her caregiver Emily and the nurses and staff at River Pointe Health and The Village of Hamilton Pointe for the care given to Vera.

A graveside service will be held at 2p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Sunset Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Lynne Austin.