Flora Austeen Gilliam the daughter of Dick and Flora (Miller) Gilliam, was born on November 20, 1921 in Pittsburgh, TX. She passed from this life August 24, 2012 in Fort Worth, TX at the age of 90. Austeen was the fifth child of Dick and Flora, with a sister and brother born after her. She used her middle name so as not to be confused with her mother. When most of her brothers were in the military service during World War II, Austeen also decided to serve her country. She joined the Women’s Army Corps. She served in the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, working along with the Commander and future President, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Her duties were classified. When transferred to Italy she had the opportunity to be blessed by the Pope. Austeen worked in communications and actually delivered messages to General Eisenhower. After World War II, Austeen moved to California where she worked at various administrative jobs until her retirement and moved to Oklahoma. Austeen liked stream fishing and rock hunting. She also enjoyed writing poetry. The Daily Times Advocate in Escondido, CA., published her poem "The Way" on January 4, 1964. Austeen was preceded in death by her parents: Dick Gilliam and Flora Miller Gilliam, two brothers: D.A. Gilliam and Benjamin Gilliam. She is survived by three brothers: Jimmy Gilliam of Lawton, Loyd Gilliam of Antlers, Billy Gilliam of Antlers; one sister: Evelyn Gilliam Black of Newark, TX; as well as many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 10:00a.m. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at Mills & Coffey Chapel with Charlie Mueller officiating. Music included: “Amazing Grace” & “I Can Only Imagine”. Interment followed at Oddfellows Cemetery in Antlers. Family and friends may send online condolences at www.millscoffey.com .
Funeral services conducted by Mills & Coffey Funeral Home of Antlers.