Adrien Elden Dupuis
Adrien Elden Dupuis was born at home in New Orleans on Oct. 20, 1931, to Henry and Viola (Grabenkamp) Dupuis. He served in the Air Force from 1951-1955, flying in Boeing R-B50-Bs with the 55th Strategic Recon Wing of the 338th Recon Squadron. He worked his way up in a banking career from coin teller to president, his role at Fidelity Bank and Century Bank. He also owned Lake Forest Garden Center for five years. A lifelong Lutheran, Adrien was raised in Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in New Orleans and worked with his family to help establish Faith Lutheran Church in Harahan, of which he was a charter member.
“AG,” as he was affectionately known to many, loved to fish and play golf. He loved Tulane sports, and when he couldn’t attend in person he’d catch games on the radio. Of course, he also loved the Saints, and saw Tom Dempsey kick his famous 63-yard field goal in person. In his later years, he enjoyed crossword puzzles and spending time with his grandchildren. His family will miss his cooking, especially his roasts (but never mushrooms or tomatoes, “the scourge of the earth”).
Adrien died on Feb. 23, 2013. He was 81. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Viola Dupuis. He is survived by a sister, Carol Hughes, and was predeceased by eight siblings, Marjorie Weber, Claudia Munsch, Wilma Riemer, Esther Lambert, Grace Long, Don Dupuis, Helen Bourgeois, and Hank Dupuis.
He is survived by three children, Brent Dupuis and wife, Terri; Julie Hatfield and husband, William; and Don Dupuis II and fiancée, Blair Drivon. He is now reunited in heaven with daughter, Alisa Dupuis.
Adrien will also be mourned by many nieces and nephews, including beloved Steve and Christi Jones and their son, Jonathan, and by his six grandchildren, George, Alex and Maddie Dupuis, and Ani, Eden and Liam Hatfield.
Martha Rose Austin
Martha Rose Austin, 93, of Destin, died peacefully Feb. 25, 2013, at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
Born on Feb. 22, 1920, in St. John, Kansas, she was the daughter of the late Harry Clark and Edith Mae Pettit Allphin. Her family moved to Lawrence, Kan.. in 1922 where she attended school and was married to Gene Austin in 1940.
Martha and Gene moved over the years throughout Missouri, Iowa and Kansas. They lived many years in Kinsley, Kan., where she was very active in the community and church and Gene was president of Kinsley Savings and Loan. Martha served as the church organist for more than 20 years.
In 1982, Martha and Gene retired to Destin. She became very active in several bridge clubs in the area and was respected as an excellent player. Her personality and humor endeared her to all who knew her. She was a kind and caring person that never met a stranger.
Mrs. Austin was preceded in death by her husband, Max Eugene Austin, and her brother, Robert Clark Allphin.
She is survived by her nephews, Robert C. Allphin, Jr. (Mary) of Atlanta, Ga., and Barry L. Allphin (Melissa) of Birmingham, Ala., and her niece, Cynthia A. Lockwood (Jimmy) of Eufaula, Ala.
Davis Watkins Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangement and Mrs. Austin will be interred at Lawrence Memorial Park in Lawrence, Kan.
Donations may be made to the American Red Cross or to a charity of your choice.