CAMPBELL – Services will be on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, for Ms. Brenda Joyce Austin, 62, who departed this life Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at her home surrounded by her beloved family.

Ms. Austin was born March 5, 1955, in Hattiesburg, Miss., a daughter of James J. and Bessie Mae Griffin Arrington.

She attended South Jones High School in Mississippi, and had worked with Forest General Hospital in Hattiesburg for 14 years before coming to the Youngstown area and working with Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Health Center for five years, retiring in 2017.

She was a former member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church in Hattiesburg and Valley Baptist Church in Farrell, Pa., where she was a member of the choir. She was an avid reader, enjoyed baking and watching movies.

She leaves o cherish her beloved memory, five sisters, Mary L. Lee and Linda J. (Charles) Lee, both of Hattiesburg, Emma R. Goins of Campbell, Cora D. (John) Gohlar of New Orleans, and Karen A. Jefferson of Akron; three brothers, Clarence H. Arrington of Hermitage, Pa., Willie E. (Adrienne) Arrington of Campbell and Noel Evans of New Orleans; two stepbrothers, Dale and Darrell Ross, both of Pittsburgh; six stepsisters, Joyce Easterling, Patricia Jefferson and Frances Ross all of Farrell, Pa., Laura Flint of South Carolina, Jackie Sanders of Charlotte, N.C., and Mary Gregory of Hermitage; and a host of nieces, including DeWanda (Armin) Moore whom she reared, nephews, other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Jimmy Arrington; mother and stepfather, Bessie and Benjamin Jefferson; a brother, James A. Arrington; and stepsister, Barbara Lampkins.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home in Youngstown.

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