MARION LOUISE POWERS ARMSTRONG
Marion was safely carried by her loving heavenly Father to great rejoicing in heaven Sunday, January 31, 2016. Words are never adequate to describe the life well-lived with such joy and embracing all of her life with great unselfish love. “Mimi” fully lived 98-1/2 years. She was born in 1917 in Dallas and grew up in New York traveling with her parents. She was home schooled in the backseat of the family car as the family traveled selling the first Coke dispensing machine. Moving to Dallas, she entered high school receiving honors and a scholarship for college. She elected to help support her mother and worked a Titche Goettinger in sales and as a model where she met Paul James who she married and had five children with, four daughters and one son who died at childbirth. Fully dedicated mother and wife, she was Camp Fire Girl leader, deacon’s wife and Senior High department’s teacher and home host, pilot, fisherman, artist, civic leader and Mary Kay Consultant for 40 years. Later, she married her neighbor and friend, Judge Hoyet Armstrong. They started their life by purchasing 288 acres of beautiful land in Kaufman,Texas. A city girl, she came to prefer country living, raising cattle, chickens, ducks, hay, enjoyed being involved in the community especially with the Friends of the Library and Clover Club in helping raise funds to build the existing library, always a “net” to her family, she was involved with each member making each of our lives better for living with her. As a widow, she elected to stay at the farm involving herself in the community and family. In her 80’s, she sub-divided 80 acres of her land and took on developing “Shady Meadows,” a beautiful existing neighborhood and her dream came true.Her last years were spent with her daughter, Vicki and son-in-law, Dan surrounded by the love of her family and special caregivers who spoiled and loved her as she did them. She will be greatly missed in all our lives. Marion is survived by three daughters, Donne Ruiz, Sally James and Vicki Crawford, three grandchildren, Kathryn Hendrickson, Dawn Habegger, and Shawn Humphries; eight great grandchildren, Temple & Elaine Hendrickson, Zeke, Isabelle, and Emma Habegger, Katie, Jack and Sam Humphries. By marriages, there are an additional five great grandchildren , Jesse, Ethan, Tyler, Luke, and Hunter.