Marion Mae Armstrong
1:30 p.m., Monday, February 26, 2018
Mill Creek Baptist Church, McFarland, Kansas
In-state at 12:30 p.m. prior to service
McFarland City Cemetery
Marion Mae Armstrong, 90, of McFarland, Kansas, died Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the Valley Vista Good Samaritan Center in Wamego. She was a life-long resident of the area.
Marion was born on February 5, 1928, in Wamego, the daughter of Walter and Pauline Miller Mathies. She attended grade school in McFarland and graduated in 1946 from Alma High School.
Marion married Gerald Armstrong in 1945, in Manhattan, on his return to the states while serving in the Navy during WWII. Just a few months following their wedding, Gerald was killed along with twelve other sailors, while stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, in an accident involving an airplane salvage derrick and tanker ship in Chesapeake Bay.
Marion graduated from Stewart’s Beauty Academy in Topeka and received her cosmetology license in 1947. She assisted her sister in her beauty shop in Manhattan for many years. Marion was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa and had very diminished sight for the rest of her life. In 1958 she entered the Kansas Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, and completed a training program to become a medical transcriptionist and worked six years at St. Mary Hospital in Manhattan and then twenty years for the Menninger Foundation in Topeka. She moved back to McFarland in 1975.
Marion was an active member of Mill Creek Baptist Church and the McFarland Senior Citizens. She was very close to her many neighbors and friends that helped her over the years.
Marion is survived by several cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Evelyn Mathies in 2005.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, February 26, 2018, at Mill Creek Baptist Church in McFarland, Kansas. Burial will follow at the McFarland City Cemetery. Marion will lie-in-state, at the church, beginning an hour prior to the service. The family suggests memorial contributions to Meals on Wheels or the Community Health Ministry, and those may be sent in care of Campanella-Gentry Funeral Home in Alma. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com.