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Polly Austin

Polly Austin

Polly Austin, age 94 of Breckenridge, passed away Monday, February 28, 2022. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 4, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Genoa Goad and Pastor Andy Rodgers officiating. Interment will follow in the Breckenridge Cemetery under the direction of Morehart Mortuary. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at Morehart Mortuary.

Pauline Perkins was born December 28, 1927, to parents John Cloyes Perkins, Sr. and Dean Floyd Perkins in Erick, Oklahoma. She grew up on the family farm near Sayre, Oklahoma, and graduated from Sayre High School, Class of 1946. On November 25, 1948, Polly married Dan Moore Austin in Wellington, Texas, and they enjoyed 55 years of marriage until his passing. Dan and Polly owned and operated drugstores together for 23½ years. They ran the Post Office Pharmacy in Wink, Texas, from 1955 to 1972 and Austin Pharmacy in Fort Worth from 1972 to 1980. Dan was the pharmacist and Polly was the pharmacist’s mate.

The Austins moved to Breckenridge in December 1980 because their first grandson was on the way. Once in Breckenridge, Polly worked as a drive-in bank teller at Citizens National Bank until her retirement. For the next 20 years she drove patients to doctor’s appointments out of town, in Abilene or Fort Worth. Polly loved to garden and work in her yard, and even mowed her own grass up until the past couple of years. She was lovingly known to her family as Nana. Polly was a member of First Baptist Church where she was very active with the Clothes Closet for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dan Austin; daughter, Linda Gayle Austin; two brothers, John Cloyes Perkins, Jr. and Stan Perkins; and sister, Vasta Wines.

Polly is survived by two children, Carrol Morehart and husband Jack of Breckenridge, and Terry Austin and wife Brenda of Fort Worth; one sister, Lu Dean Motes of Redlands, California; five grandchildren, Mark Morehart and wife Sonya, Matthew Morehart and wife Aimee, Micah Morehart and wife Jaclyn, Angela Roerick and Amy Walters; 12 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Thank you to Solaris Hospice and Villa Haven Health & Rehabilitation for the excellent care they provided to Nana in her final days.

Memorials may be made to Breckenridge Library or Solaris Hospice and may be left at Morehart Mortuary. Condolences may be made online at www.morehartmortuary.net.

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