Mary Frances Armstrong passed away Aug. 1, 2011, of natural causes.
Vigil service will be 7 p. m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Michelotti-Sawyers. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a. m. Friday, Aug. 5, at St. Pius X Church. Committal will be at the Yellowstone County Veteran’s Cemetery.
Mary was born July 9, 1925, to Florian and Monica (Matz) Mosbrucker in Center, N.D. The family moved to Saskatchewan and then to Havre in 1939.
Mary married Herbert (Herb) Armstrong Sept. 4, 1946, in Havre. They would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this fall. They made their home in Havre and later Billings. She was a member St. Jude Thaddeus Church, Altar Society, Catholic Daughters, VFW and St. Pius Church.
Mary was our energizer bunny. She was constantly moving and keeping busy to distract herself from the physical pain she endured. Despite her pain, she was the heart of the family with a smile that will always be remembered. She enjoyed making her famous sugar cookies that were decorated with intricate detail; they will be missed greatly by all. Purple was her favorite color throughout her life. She had many treasured purple possessions that truly meant a lot to her. Her kind heart, fun-loving spirit and infectious smile will be in the hearts of her loved ones forever.
Mary was preceded in death by Herb on July 14, 2011; son, Robert Earl; son-in-law, Stan Rubel; sister, Jennie Hanson; and brother, Frank Mosbrucker.
She is survived by children, Carol Rubel, Joyce (Rob) Miller and Susan (Perry) Paluck; grandchildren, Jeremy (Laura) Armstrong, Jessica (Eric) VanHemelryck, Christine (Lorne) Koch, Katelyn, Kelsey and Karly Miller, Tyler and Megan Paluck; great-grandchildren, Shad, Aiden, Camten and Trinity Armstrong, Taycee and Kinsee VanHemelryck, and Keira and Kade Koch. She is also survived by sisters, Pat Garding, Margaret McNair, Dilly Mitschke and Anna Rismon; Herb’s brother, Earl (Annette) Armstrong and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Ministries at www.sjlm.org/ways_to_give.html.
Arrangements are in the care of Michelotti-Sawyers. Remembrances may be left for the family at www.michelottisawyers.com.