Anne Vinson Austin, passed away March 5, 2017, at home surrounded by her family and loved ones.
Born July 18, 1935, in Asheville, North Carolina, Anne spent her formative years in Paducah, Kentucky, birthplace of her mother. Anne graduated from the prestigious National Cathedral School in Washington, DC in 1953 and received her five year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from University of Virginia in 1958. Anne was a member of the Junior Service League of Winter Park, PEO Sisterhood Chapter CP of Tahlequah, and the American Association of University Women. Anne also served as president of Delta Pi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a national service sorority which is committed to community service in addition to scholarship and grants for advance education.
Anne developed and implemented the first quality assurance program at Florida Hospital, a mega-health system in Orlando, Florida. This plan became a template used in many other large hospital systems. She also served on the board of visitors of the National Cathedral School. Anne had a great love of ministry and served in many capacities of the Episcopal Church including Education for Ministry. She was a lifetime supporter of the University of Virginia and was awarded the Outstanding Nurse award from her national organization.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents, Rubye Vallandingham Vinson and John Randolph Vinson. Anne is survived by her partner and spouse of thirty years; Dr. Adele King. Five children; Anne Vallandingham Austin; Katharine Austin Milam(Richard); William Wickliffe Austin, Jr (Stacey); Jane Austin Reece(Wayne-deceased; John Manning Knox Austin(Erin); grandchildren Kara Anne Austin; Kaitlin Campbell Mattos(Frank); Meghan Alexandra Brown; Hunter Edward Austin Brown; Emily Peyton Austin John Manning Austin; and great grandchild Brady George Mattos. Anne recently discovered her biological family and was the daughter of the late Azile Saunders Warren and is survived by her sister, Denise Warren Mitchell.
A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Tahlequah on March 11, 2017, at 10:00 am, under the direction of The Reverend Deborah L.H. Jennings, Vicar, St Basil's Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift may be donated in Anne's honor to the St. Basil's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, Tahlequah City Hospital Foundation or an education fund of your choice.
Cremation services under the direction of Green Country Funeral Home.
Published on March 7, 2017