I wrote an obituary for my mother to run in the Friday newspaper in Huntsville, Alabama. Here is the simple story of her long life. At $1.00 per word you have to be brief, unless you are wealthy and vain, so this is the best I could do in a short few sentences totals less than 300 words.

Vera Marie Freeman Armstrong
November 21, 1915—November 19, 2007

After a long, fulfilling and healthy life Vera Marie Freeman Armstrong, 91, of Huntsville, went to be with her beloved Lord on Monday, November 19. She was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas, on November 21, 1915, the youngest of seven children.

Marie was an incredibly social person with an amazing passion for life and the gospel of Jesus Christ. She loved good meal times with friends, reading Christian literature, studying the Holy Scriptures intensely and earnest praying. She was a widely respected Bible teacher for well over 60 years and took great joy in intercessory prayer for the hundreds of friends she taught, as well as for all of her family members. She was extremely generous person to everyone in need and cared deeply for the oppressed. She actively served in professional dental organizations and the Gideons International, both with her late husband of fifty years, Dr. Thomas H. Armstrong (1912-1986).

She is survived by her two sons, Dr. Thomas W. Armstrong (Nora Anne), of Huntsville, and Dr. John H. Armstrong (Anita), of Carol Stream, Illinois. She was cherished as “Mamame” to her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Christian service of worship and thanksgiving will be held this Sunday at 2 p.m. at Southwood Presbyterian Church in Huntsville. Burial will follow in Huntsville Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will occur between 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday at Laughlin Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to ACT 3, P. O. Box 88216, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. ACT 3 (www.act3online.com) is a mission of renewal for all Christian Churches begun in 1991 by Marie’s son, John. She actively supported this work with her fervent prayers and sacrificial gifts.

For information call (256) 534-2471. An online registry is also available at: www.laughlinservice.com

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