Opal L. “Lucy” Armstrong

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.

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18 thoughts on “Opal L. “Lucy” Armstrong

  1. Lucy was a very important member of the village that helped to raise me. My prayers are with the family. She always treated me with only love and she will truely be missed.

  2. Lucy was a beloved member of our church family. In the last year we did not get to see she and Bud in church very often, but it was a true joy to look out from the choir and see them in “their spot” when they were able to be there. We will miss her love and dedication to our congregation.

  3. What a grand woman who made it her mission to be sure everyone in the room with her felt important; I’m so glad to have known her and been invited into her family.

  4. Lucy will be missed in our community. She was truly a wonderful role model and always had something uplifting to say when we met. Phyllis Ross

  5. Mrs. Armstrong was truly one of the nicest, classiest women I have every met in my life. Her and Mr. Armstrong were always such a joy to be around. Our son Josh was blessed to be able to share in a part of the wonderful family that they have raised. You all have a special angel to watch over you now. Our deepest sympathy.

  6. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to you all on your loss. It was evident in the short time that we knew Lucy that she was very loved by her children and grand children. She was a special lady with class and elegance. In sympathy

  7. So sad to hear of Lucy’s passing she was truly an amazing woman, so very sweet. I always enjoyed going over there with my girls and visiting with her and Bud. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  8. i called her opal lucille… like a beautiful pearl…
    she was a rare beauty, and just as rare in her love of life and friendship to everyone. i don’t think she ever met a stranger. she was always smiling and singing when i worked with her at the bank. i loved her dearly and will miss her greatly!!

  9. Grandma- I love you so very much and would do anything to hear your voice again….but i know Heaven received a beautiful angel and you can see now. We will take care of Grandpa. Until we meet again, I will never stop loving you!

  10. Denice Bishop From Cooper County Farm Bureau says: I am so sorry to hear of your loss, may God Bless each of you during this time! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

  11. I have fond memories of the hour’s spent with Lucy, Bud and the children on her front porch as a child. I was fortunate to grow up across the street from the Armstrongs. She was truly a special person.

  12. To Deb & family, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother, she sounds like she was a wonderful lady and will be sorely missed, prayers to you all during this most difficult time. Jerri & Dean Landsberg

  13. To Bud and family, our prayers and thoughts go out for you in this loss. May you have many fond memories of Lucy while you are still here on earth. But PTL you will see her again in Heaven someday. She was a blessing to us what little time we were in her presence.

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