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Barbara Austin

June 11, 1925 — November 1, 2019

Barbara Craig Austin, 94, of Owensboro passed away Friday, November 1, 2019 at Signature Healthcare at Hillcrest. Born June 11, 1925 in Daviess County to the late Clinton McDonald and Minnie Rhoades McDonald, Barbara married her first husband, Elmer Craig, and raised their two children as a devoted homemaker. Later, she was employed at of Daviess County Hospital in the Dietary Department from which she retired. Barbara enjoyed taking trips to the beach, loved flower gardening, baking and cooking, and being outdoors, and was a member of Pleasant Memorial Baptist Church. She was a loving and selfless caregiver to her mother, brother, husband, and mother-in-law. Most of all, Barbara loved spending time with her family.

Mrs. Austin also was preceded in death by her first husband, Elmer Craig in 1961; her second husband, Oswald Austin in 2001; brothers, Thomas and Clarence McDonald and half-brother, Joe McQuire; sisters, Betty Meredith and half-sister, Patsy Carter.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Jim Craig and wife Rosemary; her daughter, Betty Polston and husband Keith, all of Owensboro; step daughters, Patsy Barrera and Anna Kay Dykes (David); nine grandchildren: Lori English (Eddie), Amanda Jewell (Erik), Larry Jewell (Kim), Michael Jewell (Jeannie), Bryon Craig (Debbie), Mark Craig (Maria), Nathan Craig (Amy), Brent Craig (Katie), Will Craig (Kristy); five step-grandchildren: Robert Storm (Brenna), Robin Bledsoe (Eric), Sherry Westerfield (Kenny), Katie Dykes, Torrie Dykes; 41 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren; brother, Albert McDonald; sister, Juanita Chaney; numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Barbara Austin will be 10:00 am Tuesday at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 until 7:00 and Tuesday from 9:00 until service. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

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