The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 9, 2013

Maxine Austin

Published 2-9-13

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The memorial service celebrating the life of Mrs. Maxine Austin, of Enid, will be held 10 a.m. today, Feb. 9, at First Presbyterian Church of Enid with the Rev. Andrew Long officiating under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.

She was born Oct. 24, 1910, to Roy and Ethel Sanford in Marshall, Okla., and passed away Feb. 7, 2013.

She moved to Enid with her family at age 7. She earned her A.B. degree at the University of Oklahoma; she also attended Randolph Macon.

She married the love of her life, Mr. Marsden Austin, who passed away. She later married Mr. Howard Spickelmier.

She authored a book of poetry and a book of short stories. She was a very gracious lifelong supporter and contributor to the arts in Enid. She was a member of numerous poetry groups and regularly attended national poet conventions.

She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Enid, Enid Writers Club, Enid Arts Council, Don Blanding Poetry Society of Enid, Poetry Society of Oklahoma, Chapter AQ P.E.O., and the Sons and Daughters of the Cherokee Strip. She was a supporter of The Enid Symphony Orchestra, Gaslight Theatre, the Tri-State Music Festival, the Enid Gives Campaign, and Main Street Enid. She was a reading mentor for school children, a supportive grandmother, and an avid OU football fan.

She received the Oklahoma Writers Association PEGASUS Award, the Friend of Leonardo’s Award, and a Community Service Award from Gov. Brad Henry.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Ann Austin Boone.

She is survived by her son, Sanford and wife Judy Austin of Oklahoma City; grandson, Ford Austin and wife Lauree Dash of LA; granddaughter, Shayna Marino; and great-grandson, Hayden Marino of Oklahoma City.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Commons and a special thanks to Sharon for her assistance.

Memorials may be given in her name to a charity of the donor’s choice with Brown-Cummings serving as custodian of the funds.

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(Submitted by family)