In Memory of

Laura Maxine (Max) Austin

October 1, 1946 - January 29, 2022


Laura Maxine (Max) Austin

Max, 75, of Lee’s Summit, MO, passed to new life on January 29, 2022. She grew up in Raytown, MO, graduated from Emporia State Teachers College then worked in various branches of the Federal Government and was fortunate enough to retire from the Federal Highway Administration at the age of 48. She enjoyed her retired years in service to her church, working in her flower gardens and spending time with her husband and family at home and at the house on Lake Pomme De Terre which they owned for 32 years. She is survived by Charlie, her husband and love of her life of 42 years. She is also survived by stepchildren Debbie Winterowd and Kevin Austin, sister Sue Blew, beloved nieces Sarah Thompson, Tiffany Comiskey, Leslie Sharp, Linda Lemmon, nephews David, Chris, Billy, Lonnie, Larry and Leland Lemmon. She cherished the time spent with her grandchildren Lauren, Derek, Samantha, Kyle and Keith as well as great grandchildren and great nieces and nephews.

So that we may honor Max’s legacy, a Celebration of Life will be held later this Spring. In the meantime, for those wishing to honor her memory, please consider a donation to Wayside Waifs, 3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, MO 64137 or by using the below link ( or to Lee’s Summit Christian church, 800 NE Tudor Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.


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This still doesn’t seem real. Oh how you are missed. Our laughs we had together and little talks over tea will be stamped into my brain forever. You never once thought of yourself. You always had everyone else’s interests at heart. May we all live and love like you did. Prayers for Charlie and the whole family. Love you to the moon.

Sarah Beth

I was sorry to hear about Maxes passing. From what I read sounds like she really enjoyed life. I know that she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. I will be praying for the family to have a sense of God’s peace and assurance in the following days.

Heartfelt sympathy to the whole family,Max was a wonderful lady. I have many nice memories of how special she made Christmas and lots of fun times at the lake. I still make her baked beans during the holidays.

Max was a very special and beautiful lady. Her loss is left a big hole in our family. The love, guidance and the fellowship that she shared with my three daughters Leslie, Tiffany and Sarah cannot be measured. Likewise she shared herself with my grandchildren as well. For all of her gifts to our family I will be eternally grateful. Charlie, my dear friend, you’re loss is it measurable. Mary and I will keep you in our prayers and our hearts and doors are always open to you. As a diehard Missouri tiger fan, I hate to say this but I will in honor of Max, go Jayhawks!

So sorry to learn of Maxes passing but am grateful for the opportunity to have known her and always looked forward to catching up with her at family events. I will never forget her excitement in finally getting to attend a Basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse and will think of her every time I watch her beloved Jayhawks play. Rock Chalk Max!!

We always loved our driveway chats with Max, over the years, she told so many stories about life, they were so uplifting in so many ways. Her laugh was so contagious, we enjoyed every minute of her company. Our hearts go out to you Charlie and your family in your time of need. I know she’s watching over all of us, ready to tell her next story full of laughs!

It is a sad time here on Howard Ave. and will be for a long time without Max. I have enjoyed living close to Charlie and Max, sitting in their living room watching baseball and basketball. They were very supportive when my wife passed away and I welcomed the comforting advice Max always provided. She always made time to listen when I showed up on their doorstep. One of my bucket list items is to attend a Jayhawk basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse and I know that Max would be thrilled that it will come to fruition next Saturday. I will dedicate the trip in her honor. I know that she is now with the Lord in the Perfect Place that he prepared for her.

Charlie, we treasure the time that we were able to spend with Max and you. I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone. She was a blessing!

I was so sorry to hear about Max. Words don’t do to express what it must be like for you, Charlie. My prayers go with you.

It is still so hard to believe. Max was such a wonderful person. We loved visiting with her and Charlie. We are so blessed to have Charlie and Max as neighbors. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlie and the family.


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063