Martha Olene Phipps Armstrong

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Martha Olene Phipps Armstrong, 98, Nevada, passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at Nevada Regional Medical Center in Nevada following a brief illness. She was born Dec. 12, 1910, in Sheldon, Mo., to Benjamin Phipps and Margaret Baldridge Phipps. She was married to Arvin Frank Armstrong on May 4, 1933, in Lamar, Mo., and he preceded her in death in 1974.

Martha was born and reared in Sheldon, and spent all of her life in this area. She attended college in Pittsburg, Kan., receiving her master's degree in education. She taught school in Sheldon and Nevada for 41 years. She was a member of the Christian Church and the Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include one son, William E. "Bill" Armstrong, Nevada; four grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Arvin Ray Armstrong; one daughter, Betty Lou Armstrong; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother; and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with pastor David Rorabaugh officiating. Interment will follow in Sheldon Cemetery, Sheldon.

Friends may call now and until the hour of service at Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada.

Memorials may be given to the Nevada R-5 Foundation at Nevada High School in care of the funeral home.

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