1933 – 2013
Rolena June Austin, 79, of Fort Worth, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at an area hospital.
The funeral was held Monday, April 22 at Genesis United Methodist Church, 7635 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth. Interment followed as a private service at Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation was held Sunday, April 21 at Thistle Hill, 1509 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth.
Born in Fort Worth on Dec. 14, 1933, Rolena earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Education and her master’s degree in Elementary Education from Texas Christian University after raising a family of four children to school-age. She became a classroom teacher for the Follow Through program in Fort Worth ISD. She always loved children and worked in several North Side elementary schools over the years. Her final assignment was at Rosemont Middle School where she helped established the Multi-Cultural Language Center that is still being used today. Rolena also had creative interests. She loved music and sang soprano in the Fort Worth Opera chorus and other choral groups. After her retirement, she volunteered at Thistle Hill as a docent for many years. Some of her greatest joys were decorating ‘the house’ for Christmas each year and showing Thistle Hill to children. In her leisure time, she enjoyed her family, pets, garden, and books. She loved to travel whenever she could.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Austin; children, Billy Carter, Richard Carter, Deborah Giegoldt and husband, Charles and Judy Carter; step-daughters and their husbands, Diane and Eric Johnson, Elaine and Jim Harris and Linda Cook; sister, Emily and husband, David Pulliam; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The Azle News,
April 24, 2013 Edition