Sally Jean Austin, 68, business owner, EHS cafeteria worker, Akron civic leader, liked hiking

By on May 16, 2018

Sally Jean Austin, 68, of Akron, went to her heavenly home with her God on Sunday, May 13, 2018, after a nine-year battle with ovarian cancer.

She was the loving wife of David E. Austin for 49 years. They met while attending Southern Illinois University. Sally was born in Beech Grove, Ind., to the late Leonard and Pauline (Cook) Barker. She grew up in Bridgeport, Ill.

Sally was a homemaker and worked in the cafeteria at Ephrata High School. She was also a bookkeeper for Austin Dental Ceramics, a business she and her husband started in 1979, where she retired from in 2014. She was a member of the Dutchland Polkateers, Akron Women’s Club, Akron Lioness Club and the Akron Lions Club where she obtained the Melvin Jones Award and Lion of the Year in 2016. She attended and was a member of Grace Brethren Church of Lititz.

Her interests were her family, especially the grandchildren and caring for others. She enjoyed long walks and day hiking, especially in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Her favorite hike was to Blue Lake in the Indian Peaks of Colorado. She also enjoyed sitting and walking on the beaches of North Carolina and cooking for her family and friends.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are three sons and a daughter: Cain, husband of Bobbi (Steffy) Austin; Erica, wife of Eric Kreiser; Tann, husband of Angie (Hartranft) Austin; Nathan, husband of Heather (Sakewicz) Austin; seven grandchildren: Nicole, Zachary, Austin, Emma, Mark, Ryan and Isabella; two sisters and two brothers: Judy, wife of Jerry Paddick; Delores, wife of Dennis Bowser; Larry, husband of Barbara Barker; and Terry Barker, all of Illinois.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother: William Barker; and a sister-in-law: Beatrice Barker.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Grace Church, 400 W. Lincoln Ave. Lititz, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. with Pastor Tim Boal and Pastor William Willard officiating. Interment will be private at Chiques Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Lancaster General Health Foundation, MEMO: ABBCI-Sally Austin Fund, 609 N. Cherry St., Lancaster, PA 17602. This is a fund Sally set up to help other women fighting ovarian cancer.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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