Velda Adell Armstrong

Velda Kimball Armstrong was born to Ira George and Sophia Valentine Jones Kimball, March 3, 1926, in the mountains south of Prairie City, Oregon.
She married Richard Armstrong and they raised four children. They farmed in the Willowcreek Valley, and then lived for a short time in the Burns- Hines area. They returned to Willowcreek in 1960. She loved the mountains, the farm, her garden, and most of all — her family.
She is survived by her best friend Sam Meacham and his daughter, Dindia; her sister Iona (Jim) Gregg, Bend; her brother Leland Kimball, Prineville; her children, Linda Bossen (Jim), Salem, Daniel Armstrong (Jeannette) Ontario, Charles Armstrong, Caldwell, KS, Marsha Armstrong (Keith Carter) Ontario, and her forever children, Roberto Rodriguez (Marie) and Carol Armstrong; grandchildren, Cindy Purdy (Tim), Burns, Jodell Bayan (Ezam), Salem, James Cooksey (Denise) Douglas, WY, Nathan Cooksey(Robyn), Salem, Kypp Armstrong(Kathy), Vale, Jason Rodriguez (Cynthia) Greenwood, IN, Roberta Counterman (David), Ponca City, Oklahoma, and Renee Armstrong, Emporia KS; great-grandchildren Nicholas Purdy, Bremerton, WA, Derek Purdy, Sparks, NV, Martin Armstrong, Ontario, Thomas Armstrong (Rachael), Vale, Amanda Dalton (Cory) Perry OK, Stephen Bilyeu Jr., Arkansas City, KS, Travis Cooksey, Salem, Elizabeth Bayan, Bowling Green, OH, Sean Bayan (Sarah Solis), Salem, Lauren Rodriguez, Yuma AZ, Ivanna Rodriguez, Greenwood, IN, Dillon, Liam, & Malachi, Cooksey, Salem, Mariah Helm, Portland; great- great-grandchildren Cooper and Dane Purdy, Sparks, NV, cousins and nieces and nephews too numerous to name — she loved them all She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, one brother, five sisters and the sister of her heart, Helen Lowe Opie. If there is a mountain or a desert in heaven, Helen and mom are going for a horseback ride and probably looking for some mischief!
Services will be held at the Vale Christian Church, Friday, August 18th at 11:00 am. under the direction of Lienkaemper Chapel, Vale. Family wants to thank Dr. John Phillips for 30+ years of care and friendship, and the staff at St. Al’s ER and CCU for their professionalism, skill and kindness. We would also like to thank Betsy Bates and the wonderful staff (saints) at Pioneer Place Assisted Living for their daily patience, helpfulness, compassion and laughter. In memory of mom, please remember to love your neighbor as yourself, and to offer food, water, and shelter to those in need, without exception or qualification. Why? Because, in Mom’s words, “That’s what Jesus told us to do.”

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