Woodward County Obituaries


Mildred Marie (Lake) Armstrong

Woodward News
08 Jun 2007 Page 3

Marie Armstrong, 90-year-old Woodward resident, went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 in Oklahoma City. Funeral services to celebrate Marie's life will be held Saturday, 2 p.m. at the Woodward First United Methodist Church with Jack Cornell and Ted Barker officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Mildred Marie (Lake) Armstrong or Marie, the name she preferred to use, was born at the family home in Laverne, Okla. to C. A. (Bert) Lake and Effie I. Duvall Lake on July 11, 1916. Marie was the seventh of nine children. She attended school in Laverne, Okla., graduating in May of 1935. One of her high school highlights was the senior trip to Carlsbad Caverns, N. M. Marie accepted Christ into her life, and was baptized by immersion at an early age. She was a faithful member of the Apostolic Faith Church, and was always delighted to serve her Lord wherever there was a need. She played the piano for church services, taught a Sunday school class, and was treasurer of the Apostolic Faith Church in Woodward for 65 years, until her health warranted resigning the position. On Nov. 7, 1936, she was married to Cecil Armstrong, and until his death on Jan. 27, 2003 they were a couple devoted to one another, and had lived a life of love and service to others together. To their union, three sons were born; Harold Dean, G. W. (Dub) and Van Eldon. Marie was a great homemaker, wonderful cook, and a very loving wife and mother. She was a very devout woman, taught at home bible lessons, and made certain that her family attended Sunday school and church services weekly.

The family enjoyed annual vacation trips when their sons were still home. Later Cecil and Marie went with Marie's nephew, a Minister, on a guided tour of the Holy Land and Egypt, which was life long desire of theirs. In March of 1982, they went on a tour, sponsored by Marie's sister, Wilma and her husband, Bud Nelson, to Hawaii. It was a wonderful trip, which they enjoyed. After the death of her husband, Marie's health declined and she moved to Manchester House Assisted Living Center in Oklahoma City to be near her sons. Marie was loved and knwn by all of the residents and staff for her winsome smile. Due to her declining health, she recently moved to Bellevue Health and Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma City.

Marie is survived by her youngest sister, Wilma Nelson of Woodward; her sons, Harold and wife, Linda of Oklahoma City; G. W. (Dub) and wife, Paula of Oklahoma City; Van and wife, Linda of Dodge City, Kan.; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Lake of Enid; Myrtle Olson of Folsum, California; a brother-in-law and wife, Russell and Joy Armstrong of Woodward; grandchildren, Valerie and husband, Jim Zaslaw; Todd and wife, Kay Armstrong; Natalie and husband, Roger Duke; Jon Dirk Armstrong; Dr. Ryan and wife, Nancy Lima-Keller; Lisette and husband, Jim Barnes; Lt. Col Boris and wife, Laura Armstrong; Desiree and husband, Chris Nielsen; Monica and husband, Troy Waggoner; Stephanie and husband, Kyle Creveling; great grandchildren, Chase and Courney Cagle, Dane Zaslaw, Lindsay and Logan Duke, Tiffany, Trevor and Abigail Armstrong, James Lima and Kaitlyn Keller, Alexandra, Corie Talano and Nicole Barnes, Brianna and Sean Nielsen, Adler and Avery Armstrong, Savanna Shipley, Tonya, Jordan and Baylee Waggoner, Grant Creveling; great-great grandchildren, Kash Shipley and Adam Talano; and several nieces, nephews and other extended family.

Marie was preceded in death by her brothers, R. O. Lake, C. A. Lake, Jr., Wilbur, Homer and Walter; sisters, Alice Maddux and Verona Lake.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Faith Church with Billings Funeral Home, 1621 Downs Ave., Woodward, OK 73801 as custodian of the fund.

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