Marilyn Armstrong

Marilyn Faye Armstrong

Sunday, January 19th, 2020
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Marilyn was born to Alma and Norval Torgeson on November 1, 1934 in Fargo, North Dakota and passed away at The Village Health and Rehabilitation Center on January 19, 2020.

Marilyn and her family moved to Missoula in the early forties. She learned to play the piano and loved to read books. One of those books was the Bible and she was baptized at age 12.

Her first job was a switch board phone operator.

As she was walking home one day, a stranger stopped and talked to her because he thought she was beautiful and asked her for a date. She eventually accepted because she liked his car and she could tell he was a kindhearted man.

On May 25, 1955 she married that stranger, Gene Armstrong. After they married, she moved to Kirkland, Washington where he lived but it was not “home”, so they moved back to Missoula in 1959.

They had two sons, David and Erick. She often babysat while the boys were young for extra money. In the early 60’s and early 70’s, together they ran the union 76 gas station that was next to Rose Park, then Phillips 76 station on West Broadway. She was the bookkeeper and parts runner while Gene was the mechanic.

She kept in contact with her high school friends and they had coffee together, every two weeks for over 40 years. Her favorite past times included flower gardening, especially roses, shopping for a good deal, exercising, visiting with anyone, reading the Bible, and traveling.

She was a problem solver and gave sound advice because everyone knew it was bible based. She did not judge you and she will be sorely missed because of that advice.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alma and Norval; sister, Judy Williams; and great granddaughter, Kyra Faith Hansen.

Survivors include her husband Gene, Missoula; two sons, Erick, Oregon; David and wife Ronda, Superior, MT; sister Marilu, Oregon; also, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, in Alaska and Montana; as well as several extended family members, nieces, and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on February 3, 2020, at 2:00 pm over at The Village Health Care Center.
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