Violet (Sirdoreus Mings) Austin, daughter of James and Belle Davis Sirdoreus, was born September 12, 1922, in Eunice, Mo. and entered her Heavenly home on May 15, 2015, at the age of 92 years. Violet spent her childhood in the Eunice and Yukon communities.
On September 27, 1941, she was united in marriage with Earl Mings and to this union was born five children, Donzella, Wanda, Vera, Raymond and Freeda. Earl preceded her in death on June 10, 1977. She and Earl were married 36 years prior to his passing. They lived in the Plato community, where she worked a short time at Ft. Leonard Wood and drove the school bus for the Plato school for over twenty years.
Violet shared her home with John Blum for one year so John could finish high school and help on the farm.
On August 11, 1979, Violet was united in marriage with Burl Austin, making her the step-mother of Jim Austin, Mary Coleman and Judy McGuire, and a step-grandmother to Burl’s four grandchildren.
She had no problems loving Burl’s children and grandchildren. She loved helping fill in for the loving mother they had lost.
Violet and Burl moved to Lebanon to retire in April of 1980. They united with Tabernacle Baptist Church and attended faithfully. In fact, they became part of the cooking team and helped feed area soldiers for 20 years in the “Free Day Away” ministry.
Violet and Burl loved to minister to the soldiers and loved being able to help the church. She was able to plan food portions even down to how many sheet cakes she would need to make for the day to ensure each soldier got at least one.
She was saved at an early age and loved serving her God, family, church and friends.
Violet was also a talented seamstress sewing clothes for not only her children, but also several other members of the family. She was an avid quilter.
The girls lovingly mentioned they could pick something out of a magazine and Violet could make it look identical. Violet was a published author and wrote a book titled “Sad and Happy Days of a Country Girl.”
She leaves to celebrate her memory, four daughters, Donzella Strunk and her husband Hubert of Mountain Grove, Mo.; Wanda Myers and her husband Don, of Falcon, Mo.; Vera Holvick and her husband David, of Forsyth, Mo.; and Freeda Forman and her husband Glenn, of Farber, Mo.; daughter-in-law Debbie Townsend and her husband Rick, of Waynesville, Mo.; step-children, Jim Austin and his wife Jeannie, of Columbia, Mo.; Mary Coleman and her husband Sam, of Richmond, Mo.; Judy McGuire and her husband David, of Lebanon, Mo.; two sisters, LaVera Dixon and her husband Wayne and Ina Theiman and her husband Jerry, all of Houston, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, Janice Chronster, Janette O’Dell and her husband Paul; Lynetta Ragland and her husband Brian; Donnie Myers and his wife Angie; Jerry Holvick and his wife Karen; Janell Freeman and her husband Sean; James Holvick and his wife Summer; Deanne Christiansen and her husband Kevin; Robert Mings and his wife Heather; Stephen Forman and his wife Beth; Stephanie Hampton and her husband Chad; and Kristy Schott and her husband Ron; step-grandchildren, Teresa, Mindy, Greg, James, Dean and Jeanetta;; 23 great-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; other relatives, church family and friends.
Violet was also preceded in death by one son, Raymond Mings, in November of 1993; one grandson-in-law, James Chronster, in June of 2014; and one great-grandson, Cason Hampton, in 2010.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Our loss was Heaven’s gain.
Both a visitation and a service were held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel in Lebanon, Mo.
Pallbearers were Donnie Myers, Jerry Holvick, Stephen Forman, Robert Mings, Kyle Massey, James Holvick, and Paul O’Dell. Burial took place in the Dutch Chapel Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to the “Free Day Away” ministry at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 929 Springfield Rd., Lebanon, Mo. 65536.