AUSTIN—Julia Carmen Porfirio Lagrone, 97, died April 4, 2013.
No formal services will be held. A remembrance/memorial will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Austin-Peel & Son Funeral Home, 607 E. Anderson Lane (I-35 at US183), in Austin.
Mrs. Lagrone quit school in the fifth grade to work the cotton fields of their family tenant farm south of Austin and later worked in the commercial laundry plant in Austin to help meet family money needs.
As a single mom in the early 1950s, she went to work as a saleslady for a dress shop, advancing to became one of the first female store managers on Congress Avenue, where she managed dress shops until her retirement.
Af ter ret i rement , Mr s . Lagrone worked at the Skyline Club Dance Hall.
She was very competitive, she did not like to lose playing dominoes, cards or Bingo.
Mrs. Lagrone won a bronze medal in the Senior Home Olympics when she was in her early 90s.
She was a die-hard Texas Longhorn fan.
Mrs. Lagrone was preceded in death by her parents, Vincenzo Porfirio and Aneta Sconci of Cese, Italy; her siblings, Angelo, Jeno, Jovana (Jenny), Alberto (Albert), Santo and Mike; and her husband, Thomas Floyd Lagrone.
Survivors are two children, Oliver James Miles Jr. and Carmen Floy Lagrone; two grandchildren, Julie Miles Franco and Kimberly Crumley Norton and husband Jeremy; and three great-grandchildren, Addyson Miles Pate, Jackson and Jared Norton.