Corinne M. Austin of Avon, Conn. and Edgartown died peacefully on Oct. 10 at her home in Avon with her son Douglas by her side. She was 97.

She was born in Tisbury on July 24, 1925, the daughter of the late Percival T. and Mary G. Haggerty McDonough. Being born and raised on the Vineyard, she was an Islander. She enjoyed visiting with her lifelong Island friends.

Corinne was married to Thomas C. Austin Sr., the love of her life and best friend. They traveled to exotic places and enjoyed the sun and sand on Martha’s Vineyard. At the time of his death, they had been married for 55 years.

Her marriage brought her to Connecticut. She was an elementary school teacher at Tottin Hills School in Simsbury for many years before her retirement.

She especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved her beloved dogs, the last one being Molly.

The family wishes to thank her caregivers, especially Kristen McCullun, for the loving care they provided Corinne in her final years.

She is survived by three sons and their wives, Thomas (Neil) Austin Jr. and his wife Catherine Austin of Cheshire, Conn., Douglas J. and Beatrice Austin of Lewisville, Tex., and Rev. Stu J. and Ethelanne Austin of Ft. Myers, Fla;, grandchildren Ashley Ann Ledet of Destrehan, La., Tyler John Austin of Lewisville, Tex., Thomas C. (Tripp) Austin 3rd and his wife EmilyAnne W. Austin of Milford, Conn., Christopher J. and Heidi M. Austin of Milford, Mass.; great-grandchildren Aubrey Ann Ledet, Rayne Matthew Ledet and Rory Brannelly Austin; and a beloved niece and nephew.

She was predeceased by her husband Thomas C. Austin Sr., her grandson Sean Austin, and her sister and brother in law Helen and Jack Jones.

A liturgy of Christian burial was held on Oct. 18 at St. Mary of the Sea Church in Unionville, Conn. Interment will be held privately.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For more information, visit the website of Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center of Avon, which handled the arrangements: