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Jean Austin

January 7, 1934 - January 11, 2022

Jean Austin, age 88, of Plano, Texas passed away on January 11, 2022. Willie Jean Peterson was born on January 7, 1934, to Maggie (Hudspeth) and Lee Peterson in Waldron, Arkansas. While growing up, Jean played softball and basketball, was a cheerleader in high school and excelled at barrel racing in rodeos.  On July 15, 1955, Jean married Donald E. Austin in Waldron, Arkansas. Jean had a long career as Office Manager for Continental Industries located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In the early 90’s, Jean and her husband Don retired to Grand Lake in Oklahoma and then moved to Dallas, Texas sixteen years ago to be close to both of their children.  

Jean was an avid sports fan throughout her life, faithfully cheering on her Razorbacks and Cowboys.   She loved college basketball and couldn’t wait for March Madness. Jean played piano by ear, was a constant reader and a savvy card player.  She was politically conservative and religiously watched Fox News as well as westerns and all the movie classics. Jean lived her life as a true Christian and as a faithful member of the Church of Christ.  

Jean is survived by her husband of 66 years, Don Austin; her two children: Michael Austin and his wife Joni of Plano, Texas,  Terry Unkefer and her husband Ron of Dallas, Texas; her four grandchildren: Lindsey Rosenberg and her husband Peter from New York, Amy Whitaker and her husband Matt from Oklahoma City, Rachel Unkefer and Sarah Unkefer, both from Dallas; and her five great-grandchildren: Peter Rosenberg, Margot Rosenberg, Maeve Rosenberg, Graham Whitaker, and Henry Whitaker.  

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Maggie and Lee Peterson; her three sisters, Patsy Peterson, Judy Blair and Mary Pryor.  

Family and friends are invited to a Visitation from 6 PM to 8 PM on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, 8520 Main Street, Frisco, Texas 75033. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the funeral home beginning at 2 PM. Interment will follow at Ridgeview West Memorial Park, 7800 Sanctuary Drive, Frisco, Texas 75033.  

The service will be livestreamed at the following link; The recording may be viewed after the service at the same link. 

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I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. Linda Dysert, January 17, 2022 Oh how I remember Jean looking over those glasses at me but she usually wasn't smiling! I started working for Jean when I was 17. Besides my Mom, she had the biggest impact on my life. She taught us girls at Continental our work ethics and how to present out sell properly. She let us get close to her family and some of us were to this day. Thank you Mamma Jean for everything you did for me. I will miss you. Also thanks to Don, Mike, and Terry for letting us be part of your family. Rest in peace Momma Jean! LOVE YOU.
Sandy Cannady, January 15, 2022 The girls from CI will always remember the lessons you taught us.
Carmen Goff, January 14, 2022