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Dr. Josie Ellen Champion

Obituary for Dr. Josie Ellen Champion

November 30, 1930 - December 13, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 87


Dr. Josie Ellen Champion passed from the arms of her loving family to her Savior's arms on December 13, 2017. Services will be December 26, 2017, 1 p.m., at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home on North Lamar.

Josie was born on November 30, 1930, in Austin. In the 1970's she built a home on Bull Creek on family land and moved there with her mother. Josie was the choir director at Travis HS and was a state judge for UIL competitions. She directed the choirs of Central Christian and Westminster Presbyterian churches. She blessed many with her beautiful soprano voice, and sang in the Austin Choral Union for many years. In 1979, she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, translating the opera Josue by Charpentier into English.

Dr. Champion is a past president of the Austin Women's Club, PEO, Knife and Fork Club, Delta Kappa Gamma chapter, and Wednesday Morning Music Club. She belonged to the Travis County Historical Commission, the English Speaking Union, Austin Symphony League, and was an honorary Scot of Austin. She was a lifetime member of the University United Methodist Church. Josie hosted many beautiful dinners and teas at her home.

Josie passed on her love of music to her nieces and nephew, who play and sing with many groups. She is survived by her sister, Juanita Meier, nieces Margaret Jo Duff, Anne Elizabeth Ward, Carolyn Fauber, nephew Clark Meier, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephew.

The family thanks the wonderful staff at Westminster Manor for their kindness to Josie and her family.

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Austin, TX 78705
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