Gertrude Austin Death, Obituary – Gertrude Ann Kimbro Austin, who was 88 years old and a resident of Fulton, Kentucky, passed away on the evening of Tuesday, January 3, 2023, in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by members of her family and friends. She was born on May 26, 1934 in Hickman County, Kentucky, and was the only child of her parents, the late Lewis Kimbro and Marie L “Monie” Johnson Kimbro. Her parents both passed away before she was born. Her husband of 57 years, Charles Rayford “Jack” Austin, whom she had married on August 31, 1952, also went away before she did. So did her brother and sister in law, both of whom resided in Odessa, Texas: Joe and Jane Burton.
Gertrude spent her whole life in the state of Kentucky, primarily in the counties of Fulton and Hickman, and during that time she was a member of the Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Six different members of the family benefited from the compassionate and altruistic care that she provided. Because she was so selfless with her help, everyone was able to continue living in their own homes right up to the day that they passed away. She held the position of Secretary to the Superintendent of the Fulton County Board of Education for more than 20 years during her career. Gertrude and Jack were joint proprietors of the Austin Farm and Seed Company, which was located in Fulton County, Kentucky.
She is survived by two daughters, Dr. Ann Marie Austin Ayer (Robert Louis) and Dr. Betty Jacqueline Austin, two grandchildren, Adam Louis Ayer and Elizabeth Ann Ayer Roberts (Dustin Shawn), and three great grandchildren, Jace Louis, Elijah Michael, and Delaney Ann Roberts, as well as two nephews, one niece, six great nephews and nieces, and one great-great niece. In addition, she had two great nephews and one great niece In addition to these, she is survived by two great-nephews and one great-niece. At New Rock Spring Cemetery, in accordance with Gertrude’s wishes, a service by the gravesite will be held on the day that she passed away.
Adam Louis Ayer, her grandson, will serve as the officiant for the event. At the funeral, the students who are still in attendance from the graduating class of Central High School in Hickman County, Kentucky in 1952 will act as honorary pallbearers. A memorial service is scheduled to take place at the cemetery on Friday, January 6, 2023, at eleven in the morning. There will be no visitation, but those who desire to pay their respects are encouraged to come together at the cemetery at the allotted hour.