Marjorie Elizabeth Armstrong

10/11/1914 — 05/13/2007

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Summertown, Tennessee

Marjorie Elizabeth Armstrong

Marjorie Elizabeth Murphy Finch Armstrong

Marjorie Elizabeth Murphy, was born October 11, 1914 in Summertown, Tennessee to Charles Michael and Mildred Murphy. She moved to Durango, Colorado in 1927 with her parents and two brothers. Marjorie graduated from High School in Dolores, Colorado where she met and married Hobart J. Finch. They moved to Richland, Washington from Denver, CO in 1943, during WWII, and remained until her death. She worked for General Electric Co. and retired form DUN in 1969. They traveled extensively in the US and abroad until Hobart’s death in 1983.

In 1985 she met and married John S. Armstrong. They, too, enjoyed 15 years of travel and getting acquainted with each others’ family until John’s death in 2000.

She leaves two sons, Charles H. Finch and wife Edna, Winston Salem, NC and Robert E. Finch and wife Willene, Pasco, WA; daughter Mildred Jean Gregg and husband Monty G. Gregg, Pasco, WA; grandchildren Monte Gregg, Sherry Gregg Ambush and Scott Gregg, Bobby and Jana Finch, Marci Finch Schlosser, Terri Finch Carney and Becki Finch Ferguson, Julie Nunley, Darcy Knore and Jennie Summit. Also stepsons Mike Armstrong and wife Rosemary, Phoenix, AZ, Gary Armstrong and wife Linda, Peoria, AZ, step-daughter Jennie Armstong Coons and husband Timothy, Prescott, AZ; step-grandchildren Loren, Tami, Cara and Erin Armstrong. C.J. Armstrong and Kelly McCoy, Elizabeth and Lisa Coons; fourteen great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren as well as two great-greats; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Preceding her in death are her parents, two brothers, two husbands and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, May 17, 2007 at Richland Church of Christ, with graveside to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 PM Wednesday the 16th at Einan’s Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kadlec Foundation, 888 Swift Blvd., Richland, WA 99352, or to Hospice at Tri-Cities Chaplaincy, 2108 W. Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336.

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  • I can not start to write all the fond memories I have of our “Aunt Margie”, better known to our family as the “THE QUEEN OF OLD”. She was always with us growing up and into our adulthood. On our trip to Europe in 2004, we had specific instuctions from her children not to let her loose on any train, as it seems men just were always attracted to her. Boy were they right! Men flirted with her in many countries and even at the custom check points. It seemed no one thought she was really 89 years old and we were stopped at every check point and pulled out of line as they checked out “Aunt Margie”. I had the privilege of “Driving Miss Daisy” to the Armstrong family reunion last year. I will always cherish the alone time I spent with her on that long weekend, and laugh when I remember buying fireworks to bring back to Oregon. My Aunt Margie was loved by all and I will miss her. I can only hope that I will end my life as loved and as fulfilled as Aunt Margie. What an amazing woman!

    Cathy Ward
    November 4, 2014
    Vernonia, OR, US
  • I am Mimi’s oldest grandson and wanted to express my utmost pride in having such a wonderful grandmother. The joy she brought to so many in this world makes me very proud to have been related and part of her family legacy. She will forever be remembered for her caring of others. The times me and her shared were not enough but of those one would have to be just a couple years ago when we shared some laughs on a world wide radio show. In just a few minutes time speaking with the world renowned radio dj’s she made an everlasting impression on them. And just a few days ago when I visited her she remembered that moment we had and it brought a smile to her face. I will always and forever remember that moment. Love you Mimi

    Scott A Gregg
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Aunt Margie has made such an impact on my life and the person I want to become. She started talking to me about Jesus from the time I was a very little girl. I remember she and Uncle Ho would drive their Motorhome all over the place, many times stopping to stay with us in Aloha or take us with them wherever they were going. Some of my best memories are of singing songs about Jesus on our trips in that Motorhome. When we moved out to Vernonia, Aunt Margie and I would take long walks alone in the country. She always ended up talking about Jesus, telling me why she loved Him so much. She is a big reason that I love Him so much too.

    As I grew older, she became a big part of my Children’s lives, reading to them, walking with them and teaching them about Jesus too. She loved my son Anders and the funny things he used to say to her. When he was 4, he looked up at her one time and said “Oh Aunt Margie! I love you just the way you are!” Two summers ago, he told her that at 90 years old, she must be “The Queen of Old!” She loved that and signed herself The Queen of Old on every letter and Email.

    The things I will miss the most are the the sparkle in her eyes, the warmth that came just from being near her, the words of comfort and wisdow she gave when things got rough and hearing the phrase “this too shall pass”. I will also miss the Birthday cards she sent to me every year, without fail.

    Before Aunt Margie and Uncle Ho headed off for another adventure in their motorhome, we would all hold hands as a family and pray that “Aunt Margie and Uncle Ho got up the road safe”. I feel that prayer has been answered forever now, because they are both “up the road safe” now, together with Jesus. I am so thankful I could also call them mine.

    Alyssa Pedersen
    November 4, 2014
    Portland, OR, US
  • Dear Finch/Armstrong Family,

    First, we want to thank you all so much for sharing your parents with our family. We feel so blessed by our long standing relationship with you all. Aunt Margie and Uncle Ho were a MAJOR part in our lives as they were our only “family” out West. Our Mother, LaVancha Wilson, was any only child and Aunt Margie and Pauline Kester WERE her sisters…she loved them deeply. Uncle Ho was our Dad’s best friend and they were always working on something together as were Aunt Margie and Mom from the Ding a Lings wind chimes to pine cone owls, macrame and etc. What memories of those four together. My favorite memory of Aunt Margie is of her sitting in her p.j.’s reading the Bible every morning and telling us that starting and ending your day talking to God would keep us straight. My favorite saying of her was “This too will pass”. When Uncle Ho died, it shattered our world and then later when Uncle John arrived we were thrilled. What a blessing he was. Sitting by Aunt Margie in church and hearing her sing was wonderful. She loved us all and she made sure we knew it. We will miss her so much!

    Nona and Don Skinner
    November 4, 2014
    Vernonia, OR, US
  • My parents moved to Richland in 1943-44 and in doing so immeiatly met the Finches at the Church of Christ. Both couples had a lot in common working in the nuclear business, raising families and participating in church functions. As time grew they became closer and closer freinds so it is no wonder that when I was born in 1953 I was named after Hobart Finch or just Bart as I go by. I have only known the couple as Uncle Ho and Aunt Margie. Both of my parents are gone now, one in 2001 and the other in 2003, and since then my family has been fortunate to have spent quite a lot of time with Aunt Marge. She has been the last tie that we have had to our own parents. Aunt Marge has been a terrific influence through my life and especially through my own health issues. She always gave me a reason to fight and if there was such a thing as a personal trainer for the soul she was it for me.I feel a great void in my life now but with so many positve memories it makes it easier. Thank you the Finch family for sharing such a special person.

    Bart ,Debbie, Kelsey, Andy Wilson
    November 4, 2014
    Oregon, City, OR, US
  • To Bud, Bob, Millie and families connected to Aunt Margie!

    Words seem so inappropriate to even attempt to ‘sum up’ what Aunt Margie means to me. Yes, she lives on in vivid memories, stories, encounters, conversations and experiences. I can still very much ‘feel’ her in my arms embracing each other in Cologne on her last visit, taking a few dance steps together in my entrance as we enjoyed the 30 year difference in age and celebrated our abilities to rejoice in spite of…

    How special it was last summer to sit together in the morning sunlight on Bart and Debbie’s deck reading daily from Velvet Elvis and then talking about spiritual matters — always the main topic of our conversations.

    She remains a blessing. God is good and is rich on mercy.

    She increases my desire for the eternal yet to come. Well done, Aunt Margie!

    So you Finches and Family: let’s not forfeit our HOPE but press on to the end —- just like our faithful Matron.

    May Comfort be your gift in these days.

    Bill Wilson
    November 4, 2014
    Köln, Deutschland
  • DearFinch/Armstrong family.

    we felt so sad when we heard that marge was sick,we hoped that she soon would get healthy again.

    my family and i felt so blessed that we had the oppertunity to get to know her and all of her family.

    We feel like we have an amerikan part of our family,we have spent so many happy hours together,both in Denmark and USA.even thoue we are so far away we feel so close.we vill never forget her happiness and her smile.

    with love from

    the whole

    Bjerre Family

    in Denmark

    Bjerre Family.
    November 4, 2014
    Stenderup, Europe, Denmark
  • I met Marge the week that I started work as Volunteer Coordinator at Kadlec Medical Center. She was an amazing woman who would never let her chronological age get in the way of what she wanted to do. She worked as a Patient Escort and only gave up pushing wheelchairs in the last few months. She continued to work until her last illness. I will miss her smile, her enthusiasm and the way that she kept us all on our toes.

    Remembering her with fondness and knowing that she is now home.

    Meg Fallows
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I always liked her smile. We will miss that.

    Lance & Jacki Adams
    November 4, 2014
    Baker, City, OR, US
  • I never had the privilege of meeting this beautiful lady. I have not attended many of our family reunions; however, looking through the many pictures and IP memory books, I feel she was and is an important part of our wonderful “Armstrong” family. My thoughts and prayers are with her.

    Bonnie

    Billy Armstrong’s daughter

    Bonnie Higginbotham
    November 4, 2014
    Clovis, CA, US
  • I first met Marge and her first husband Hobart at the Church of Christ when I was in the second grade. My brother and I would attend church and would become very “wiggly” as young kids do. Marge and Hobart took us under their wings. It was not long before we were calling them “Grandma and Grandpa Finch.” Hobart would see us start wiggling and then he would begin dishing out candy from his bottomless pockets. : Marge was present with me the day I was baptised at the age of 12 at the Church of Christ. She stood right there with me while I was in the baptismal. Marge succeeded in planting a seed of faith in a little girl who has since bloosmed into a Mother of four children and is still a follower of Jesus. I would only be blessed if I could reflect Jesus in my life as well as Marge. This is something I will always remeber and continue to aspire too. Marge will be greatly missed.

    Jennifer Wilson
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • Marge was such a loving, out-

    going person. We will miss her–yet she will always be with us in Island Park memories. I feel so blessed to have known her.

    Helen Turnquist
    November 4, 2014
    Bozeman, MT, US
  • Yvonne & I had several nights

    that we spent overnight with John & Marge on our trips to Spokane. We got to know them

    and cherish the memories.

    Sincerely..David Armstrong

    David & Yvonne Armstrong
    November 4, 2014
    nampa, ID, US
  • We were deeply saddened to learn of Marge’s passing. We met Marge and John when they started attending our annual reunions. She was a big hit with the family. I appreciated Marge’s energy and dynamic personality, keeping up with her volunteer work in Richland. We were delighted to visit with Marge last year when she made a return visit to our annual reunion. We were blessed to know Marge — she was an inspiration to us all. Our deepest sympathies to you for your loss. Steve & Linnea

    Steve Armstrong
    November 4, 2014
    Chicago, IL, US
  • I can not start to write all the fond memories I have of our “Aunt Margie”, better known to our family as the “THE QUEEN OF OLD”. She was always with us growing up and into our adulthood. On our trip to Europe in 2004, we had specific instuctions from her children not to let her loose on any train, as it seems men just were always attracted to her. Boy were they right! Men flirted with her in many countries and even at the custom check points. It seemed no one thought she was really 89 years old and we were stopped at every check point and pulled out of line as they checked out “Aunt Margie”. I had the privilege of “Driving Miss Daisy” to the Armstrong family reunion last year. I will always cherish the alone time I spent with her on that long weekend, and laugh when I remember buying fireworks to bring back to Oregon. My Aunt Margie was loved by all and I will miss her. I can only hope that I will end my life as loved and as fulfilled as Aunt Margie. What an amazing woman!

    Cathy Ward
    November 4, 2014
    Vernonia, OR, US
  • I am Mimi’s oldest grandson and wanted to express my utmost pride in having such a wonderful grandmother. The joy she brought to so many in this world makes me very proud to have been related and part of her family legacy. She will forever be remembered for her caring of others. The times me and her shared were not enough but of those one would have to be just a couple years ago when we shared some laughs on a world wide radio show. In just a few minutes time speaking with the world renowned radio dj’s she made an everlasting impression on them. And just a few days ago when I visited her she remembered that moment we had and it brought a smile to her face. I will always and forever remember that moment. Love you Mimi

    Scott A Gregg
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Aunt Margie has made such an impact on my life and the person I want to become. She started talking to me about Jesus from the time I was a very little girl. I remember she and Uncle Ho would drive their Motorhome all over the place, many times stopping to stay with us in Aloha or take us with them wherever they were going. Some of my best memories are of singing songs about Jesus on our trips in that Motorhome. When we moved out to Vernonia, Aunt Margie and I would take long walks alone in the country. She always ended up talking about Jesus, telling me why she loved Him so much. She is a big reason that I love Him so much too.

    As I grew older, she became a big part of my Children’s lives, reading to them, walking with them and teaching them about Jesus too. She loved my son Anders and the funny things he used to say to her. When he was 4, he looked up at her one time and said “Oh Aunt Margie! I love you just the way you are!” Two summers ago, he told her that at 90 years old, she must be “The Queen of Old!” She loved that and signed herself The Queen of Old on every letter and Email.

    The things I will miss the most are the the sparkle in her eyes, the warmth that came just from being near her, the words of comfort and wisdow she gave when things got rough and hearing the phrase “this too shall pass”. I will also miss the Birthday cards she sent to me every year, without fail.

    Before Aunt Margie and Uncle Ho headed off for another adventure in their motorhome, we would all hold hands as a family and pray that “Aunt Margie and Uncle Ho got up the road safe”. I feel that prayer has been answered forever now, because they are both “up the road safe” now, together with Jesus. I am so thankful I could also call them mine.

    Alyssa Pedersen
    November 4, 2014
    Portland, OR, US
  • Dear Finch/Armstrong Family,

    First, we want to thank you all so much for sharing your parents with our family. We feel so blessed by our long standing relationship with you all. Aunt Margie and Uncle Ho were a MAJOR part in our lives as they were our only “family” out West. Our Mother, LaVancha Wilson, was any only child and Aunt Margie and Pauline Kester WERE her sisters…she loved them deeply. Uncle Ho was our Dad’s best friend and they were always working on something together as were Aunt Margie and Mom from the Ding a Lings wind chimes to pine cone owls, macrame and etc. What memories of those four together. My favorite memory of Aunt Margie is of her sitting in her p.j.’s reading the Bible every morning and telling us that starting and ending your day talking to God would keep us straight. My favorite saying of her was “This too will pass”. When Uncle Ho died, it shattered our world and then later when Uncle John arrived we were thrilled. What a blessing he was. Sitting by Aunt Margie in church and hearing her sing was wonderful. She loved us all and she made sure we knew it. We will miss her so much!

    Nona and Don Skinner
    November 4, 2014
    Vernonia, OR, US
  • My parents moved to Richland in 1943-44 and in doing so immeiatly met the Finches at the Church of Christ. Both couples had a lot in common working in the nuclear business, raising families and participating in church functions. As time grew they became closer and closer freinds so it is no wonder that when I was born in 1953 I was named after Hobart Finch or just Bart as I go by. I have only known the couple as Uncle Ho and Aunt Margie. Both of my parents are gone now, one in 2001 and the other in 2003, and since then my family has been fortunate to have spent quite a lot of time with Aunt Marge. She has been the last tie that we have had to our own parents. Aunt Marge has been a terrific influence through my life and especially through my own health issues. She always gave me a reason to fight and if there was such a thing as a personal trainer for the soul she was it for me.I feel a great void in my life now but with so many positve memories it makes it easier. Thank you the Finch family for sharing such a special person.

    Bart ,Debbie, Kelsey, Andy Wilson
    November 4, 2014
    Oregon, City, OR, US
  • To Bud, Bob, Millie and families connected to Aunt Margie!

    Words seem so inappropriate to even attempt to ‘sum up’ what Aunt Margie means to me. Yes, she lives on in vivid memories, stories, encounters, conversations and experiences. I can still very much ‘feel’ her in my arms embracing each other in Cologne on her last visit, taking a few dance steps together in my entrance as we enjoyed the 30 year difference in age and celebrated our abilities to rejoice in spite of…

    How special it was last summer to sit together in the morning sunlight on Bart and Debbie’s deck reading daily from Velvet Elvis and then talking about spiritual matters — always the main topic of our conversations.

    She remains a blessing. God is good and is rich on mercy.

    She increases my desire for the eternal yet to come. Well done, Aunt Margie!

    So you Finches and Family: let’s not forfeit our HOPE but press on to the end —- just like our faithful Matron.

    May Comfort be your gift in these days.

    Bill Wilson
    November 4, 2014
    Köln, Deutschland
  • DearFinch/Armstrong family.

    we felt so sad when we heard that marge was sick,we hoped that she soon would get healthy again.

    my family and i felt so blessed that we had the oppertunity to get to know her and all of her family.

    We feel like we have an amerikan part of our family,we have spent so many happy hours together,both in Denmark and USA.even thoue we are so far away we feel so close.we vill never forget her happiness and her smile.

    with love from

    the whole

    Bjerre Family

    in Denmark

    Bjerre Family.
    November 4, 2014
    Stenderup, Europe, Denmark
  • I met Marge the week that I started work as Volunteer Coordinator at Kadlec Medical Center. She was an amazing woman who would never let her chronological age get in the way of what she wanted to do. She worked as a Patient Escort and only gave up pushing wheelchairs in the last few months. She continued to work until her last illness. I will miss her smile, her enthusiasm and the way that she kept us all on our toes.

    Remembering her with fondness and knowing that she is now home.

    Meg Fallows
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I always liked her smile. We will miss that.

    Lance & Jacki Adams
    November 4, 2014
    Baker, City, OR, US
  • I never had the privilege of meeting this beautiful lady. I have not attended many of our family reunions; however, looking through the many pictures and IP memory books, I feel she was and is an important part of our wonderful “Armstrong” family. My thoughts and prayers are with her.

    Bonnie

    Billy Armstrong’s daughter

    Bonnie Higginbotham
    November 4, 2014
    Clovis, CA, US
  • I first met Marge and her first husband Hobart at the Church of Christ when I was in the second grade. My brother and I would attend church and would become very “wiggly” as young kids do. Marge and Hobart took us under their wings. It was not long before we were calling them “Grandma and Grandpa Finch.” Hobart would see us start wiggling and then he would begin dishing out candy from his bottomless pockets. : Marge was present with me the day I was baptised at the age of 12 at the Church of Christ. She stood right there with me while I was in the baptismal. Marge succeeded in planting a seed of faith in a little girl who has since bloosmed into a Mother of four children and is still a follower of Jesus. I would only be blessed if I could reflect Jesus in my life as well as Marge. This is something I will always remeber and continue to aspire too. Marge will be greatly missed.

    Jennifer Wilson
    November 4, 2014
    Benton, City, WA, US
  • Marge was such a loving, out-

    going person. We will miss her–yet she will always be with us in Island Park memories. I feel so blessed to have known her.

    Helen Turnquist
    November 4, 2014
    Bozeman, MT, US
  • Yvonne & I had several nights

    that we spent overnight with John & Marge on our trips to Spokane. We got to know them

    and cherish the memories.

    Sincerely..David Armstrong

    David & Yvonne Armstrong
    November 4, 2014
    nampa, ID, US
  • We were deeply saddened to learn of Marge’s passing. We met Marge and John when they started attending our annual reunions. She was a big hit with the family. I appreciated Marge’s energy and dynamic personality, keeping up with her volunteer work in Richland. We were delighted to visit with Marge last year when she made a return visit to our annual reunion. We were blessed to know Marge — she was an inspiration to us all. Our deepest sympathies to you for your loss. Steve & Linnea

    Steve Armstrong
    November 4, 2014
    Chicago, IL, US
  • I will miss seeing Marjorie in the halls of Kadlec where she volunteered. I will especially miss the smiles and the hugs I got every time I saw her. She will be missed.

    Roger Casey
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • As Mimi’s oldest granddaughter I loved her very much and shared with her the most important aspect of her life – her Christianity. I love you Mimi and our special bond will never be removed by this separation. You live in my heart and mind as you always did and one day I will see you again. There are too many fond memories to share here but our last time together 3 weeks before your death and what we shared in that conversation will linger with me the rest of my life. Thank you God for allowing me to have a Grandmother for 51 years. I was so proud to be a part of her life.

    Monte Gregg
    November 4, 2014
    Kelseyville, CA, US
  • AFTER MANY YEARS WE BECAME THE BEST OF FRIENDS AND I LOVED HER VERY MUCH.

    Glynn Gregg
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • Millie and Glynn

    Nolan and I were sorry to hear that your mother had passed away. I know that she will be missed. But she is at peace and not Hurting

    Wish We were there. You and Your Family are in our Prayers

    We Love You.

    Nolan and Gladys

    Gladys and Nolan Hinkle
    November 4, 2014
    Indianapolis, IN, US