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From a young age, Austin had the type of smile that was contagious. He was someone who loved life, loved to learn, and loved his family. More than anything, he loved connecting with people and making them laugh. He was very much about making people smile, making people’s day, and instilling joy in those around him, even if the joke was at his expense. As a child, Austin was neat and tidy, though these qualities didn’t extend to his dance skills (even though he loved to dance). Known for his skill at fostering and maintaining friendships and relationships with folks, sales was a smart path to success for Austin. He excelled at sales, starting at a Verizon retailer and working his way up to an official Verizon store. During his time in sales, his superb work ethic helped him hone his skills at making other people feel welcome, heard and respected – great skills to have in a burgeoning sales environment.
Outside of his work, Austin loved to spend time with his family. He enjoyed seeing others succeed and always encouraged those he knew to be the best versions of themselves. No matter the occasion, whether it be a birthday party, a holiday, or just a family reunion, Austin wanted to be there and be involved in any way he could. During the difficulty of COVID-19, he made an effort to call his family members and ensure they stayed connected, despite the difficulties they faced with the pandemic. It was also during this time that Austin made a passing comment regarding life and death, stating, “If it’s my time to go, it’s my time to go. I’m ready.” He was strong in his faith and believed in eternal life, where he hoped to reunite with his family one day. At the same time, Austin spoke about having a family of his own and getting married one day, very much a person that wanted to continue the joy he felt in his own family.
At the age of 20, Austin passed away unexpectedly, to the shock of his entire family. A friend set up an online fundraiser to help with funeral costs, but Christina wanted a more personalized website for Austin. She was looking for a place to share his life story, bring together friends and family to remember him and coordinate his celebration of life. She considered publishing an obituary in the newspaper, but it was expensive and she didn’t feel like it provided the space to truly tell Austin’s story.
When she found Ever Loved, Christina appreciated that she could include as much content as she wanted on the site, while also allowing friends and family members to share their own stories. It also made it easy to ensure that everyone had the details about Austin’s visitation, celebration of life and luncheon, and that everyone could RSVP, so she knew how many people to expect. With dozens of things she needed to manage and thousands of people to keep in the loop, having one central place to do all of this was invaluable. The result of her work is a beautiful website for Austin, a place that stands as a permanent memorial for Austin’s joyous life.Create a memorial website