Carol Leona Austin was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on Dec. 15, 1933, to John and Edna Austin. She attended school there until her senior year. A new job for her dad moved them to Hamden, Connecticut, where she lived until moving to Coronado in 2003.
In Connecticut, she worked as editor of Connecticut Beverage Journal for several years, then Home Depot. Her dad died in 1964, and Carol took on the responsibility of supporting her mother. An exceptional bowler who won many tournaments, she, also, enjoyed working in the yard each Saturday. Their large yard was immaculate and had flowers blooming most of the year.
When her mother died, she moved to Coronado to be near her brother Paul and his family. She resumed working for Home Depot and began attending St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Creating personal cards and photograph books on the computer as gifts became a new interest. Many family members have books with Austin family pictures, complete with short notations, of relatives only she remembered.
In 2005 she suffered a massive stroke which left her partially paralyzed. Although walking and living alone were difficult, she chose that lifestyle and coped amazingly well. Almost every sunny day, she would ride her scooter around Coronado and buy her groceries, cards, and candy. The clerks knew her as their regular customer and were helpful when her eyesight diminished. People, who may not have known her well, remember her constant smile.
Carol entered the hospital when she developed a kidney infection. She was transferred to a skilled nursing facility to await surgery where she contracted COVID19. She died peacefully on July 10, 2020. She was buried in a graveside service in Hamden, Connecticut, next to her parents. She is survived by her brother Paul B. (Linda) Austin; nieces Dana A. (Mark) Rounds and Jill A. (Paul) Chappano, and nephew Paul (Samara) Austin, Jr.; and their children.