Virginia Gaynell Ford Austin

Virginia Gaynell Ford Austin

Suffolk, VA
11.29.1925 - 11.28.2019

Virginia Gaynell Ford Austin, of Suffolk, VA, turned 94 on her first full day in heaven. She went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thanksgiving evening, Thursday, November 28th, 2019.

Gaynell, a native of Mayo, Virginia, was the daughter of Lila Pearl Cox Ford and Johnny Otto Ford, she was the second to youngest of five children. She was the proud wife of William Davis Austin, the love of her life, who predeceased her by ten years in his trip home to be with our Lord.

Gaynell was a dedicated and loving mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved Jesus with her whole heart and was full of Godly wisdom. Her well-worn Bible is full of important handwritten verses, messages and her prayers. Gaynell also possessed a greatly creative mind. She was an artist, gardener, florist, and seamstress. Her skills were enviable as evidenced by paintings, countless sewn clothes, blankets, dolls, floral arrangements and drawings. She sewed all her daughter’s clothes as they grew up, wedding dresses, and clothes for her grandchildren. She was wise and loyal and could silence an army with a quick glance or calm a hurting soul with a simple touch. Gaynell emanated a calm peace and was never without her signature black paparazzi sunglasses.

 Gaynell is survived by her three daughters Angela “Angie” Austin Webb (Skip), Mitzi Austin McCoy (Alan, deceased), and Michele Austin Stancill (Ben); granddaughters Erica Austin Heesch (Matt) and Ashby Blayne Stancill (Skyler) and grandsons Joseph Andrew “Drew” Webb (Dan) and Benjamin Daman Stancill (Heather); great-grandchildren, Joey Austin, Charley Elisabeth, and Scout Calhoun Heesch, and Henry William Stancill. Gaynell was also loved and cared for by Ashley Puckett. Gaynell’s family is forever grateful for her amazing caregivers who were endlessly steadfast as well.

A Celebration of Gaynell’s Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 2nd, 2019, at Graham Hall in Bethlehem Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, though Gaynell surely did love flowers, we ask that you please spend time with those you love, enjoy a tomato and pimento cheese sandwich and some sweet tea, create beautiful things and spend a few minutes drawing the world around you. Appreciate your loved ones. Though we know our days here on this earth are numbered and we know that Gaynell is spending eternity in heaven, sometimes even the longest life seems shorter than we wish it was.

            “Dear God, we pray that you will fill us with that glorious and mighty strength so that we can keep on going no matter what happens, always full of joy in the Lord.”

-prayer found written by Gaynell in her Bible.



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Bethlehem Christian Church
1549 Holland Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


Prayers of healing and blessings during this difficult time. We love all of you and may God wrap his loving arms of comfort around each and every one of you.


Mitzi, Michele, Angie and all the family, we are so sorry to learn of the loss of your beloved mother. Her obituary is such a beautiful tribute to her. I am sorry we will be out of town and unable to attend her service. Holding you all close in our hearts, and we will be keeping you in our thoughts during the difficult days ahead. Bucky and Kay Hurley

Bucky and Kay Weaver Hurley

Asking our loving Heavenly Father to make His comforting presence felt during this difficult time of loss!

Donna Johnson

Angie and Family, Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. My Mother passed away about 4 1/2 years ago, so I know some of the emotions you are feeling as you deal with her loss.
Memories mean so much at a time like this. I am sure you have many memories to cherish in the coming days. Love, Mary Charlotte

Mary Charlotte (Pearce) Boyette

I will truly miss her beautiful smile. May God be with you and your family always.

Sharon Presson

Dear Mitzi, Michele, Angie,
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I have very special memories of "Miss Austin." Not only as a neighbor, but she babysat for me when I had to stay home from school for whatever reason. She was always so warm, loving and caring. I can remember her yummy lunches and her little poodle too. Please know that I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I know that she will be deeply missed.
With Love and Sympathy,
Susan Funkhouser Lawrence

Susan Funkhouser Lawrence

Mitzi, I am sorry to hear about your loss. I know you were a blessing to your mom and will have many wonderful memories to cherish about the time you spent with her. May God bless you.

Nancy and David White

Dear Angie, Mitzi, and Michelle,
Sad to hear about the loss of your mom. Prayers of peace and comfort for you and your family.
God bless.

Ricky Butler

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