Funeral services for Opal L. “Lucy” Armstrong will be 12:00 PM Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at the First Christian Church in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Matthew Silvers officiating. Visitation prior to services, 11 AM at the church. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to the First Christian Church, Gideon Society, or Salvation Army. Written messages and memories may be left for the family at www.mullinaxfuneralhome.com.
Opal Lucille McHargue “Lucy” Armstrong went to be with her Lord September 16 of complications from a stroke. She was a much-loved wife, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Lucy was born August 24, 1924 in Mercer County, Missouri, the daughter of J.C. and Allie McHargue. She grew up happily on the family farm, one of seven children. She was educated at school in Mercer, graduating from Princeton High School. She volunteered as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and served as a stenographic secretary in Chicago and Brooklyn. Lucy met John Edward Harlan “Bud” Armstrong in 1948 in Kansas City. They married August 10, 1948, moving to a house on South Elmwood Street in northeast Kansas City. There they raised four children: Richard (Dorsey); Dan (Sally); Debra (Frank); and Denise (Larry).
The Armstrongs were active in neighborhood and civic causes, and long-time members of Independence Boulevard Christian Church. She owned and operated Permit Service Company. In 1974 they moved to Butler where they built a house west of town on a farm inherited from Uncle Harley Smith. They joined First Christian Church and became active members as Sunday School teachers. She also was a part of Christian Womens Fellowship and Christian Women United. Their nine grandchildren loved visiting them in the country: Josie (Giorgio); Alice (Josh); Elena (Sean); Jessica; Aggie; Lucy; Kathryn (Kyle); Jamie (Jared); and Will. Bud and Lucy moved into town in 1994, always welcoming their friends and growing family. Lucy was a volunteer at Butler Grade School and worked at Boatmens Bank.
Lucy loved her family, friends, neighbors, and her church. She had a joyful life. She was pre-deceased by her parents and four sisters. She is survived by a sister, Mrs.Wilma Ruth Cable, Gladstone, MO; two brothers, Robert McHargue, Princeton; and J.C. McHargue, Jr. and wife, Frankfort, Illinois; a brother-in-law Wayne Ragan, Davenport, IA; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews.