|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1899|
|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1957|
Nellie Kimbrough Murdock was the second child and oldest daughter born to Thomas Kimbrough Murdock and Elizabeth Davy Scherffius Murdock. She was born at her parent's home southwest of Lynn Grove, Kentucky. Elizabeth was of German descent and was an excellent cook, a trait she passed down to all three of her daughters. Nellie attended Boydsville School, Broach School and then Lynn Grove School with her two brothers and two sisters. According to family members, Christmas at the Murdock household was a wonderful event. The men all went to the field to cut the Christmas tree while the women prepared a bountiful Christmas feast. There would be ham, turkey, homemade bread and butter with the sideboard full of cakes and pies. The young children were required to stay in one room while the adults decorated the tree with homemade ornaments in the parlor.
Nellie became a Christian in 1912 and was baptized at Williams Chapel Church of Christ where she and all her family attended.
At age 16 Nellie met a neighbor boy, Henry Gamble Armstrong, and they were married on October 24, 1915 at her parent's home. According to her sister, Mary Murdock Cook, her wedding attire consisted of a white silk dress which Nellie made with white stockings and black shoes. Her wedding ring had 2 blue sets and a pearl set which was passed down to a granddaughter, Frances Spillman. She also wore a bar pin with blue sets which she borrowed from her sister, Mary.
Nellie passed the state examination to teach school and began her career at Thomas School in Graves County, Kentucky close to the Scherffius homeplace. She also taught at Motheral School in 1922-23. Her only son, Thomas Lee Armstrong, was born August 22, 1923 so she became a stay-at-home mother. The couple had a difficult life on the farm, and during the depression they almost lost their homeplace. Nellie and Henry divorced in 1933 and he moved to Detroit.
Nellie continued to live and farm the homeplace with the help of her son and they eventually were able to pay off the mortgage. Nellie seemed to have a green thumb when she tended her flowers. She loved to grow roses and also African violets. She made corsages for various family members for weddings and other special occasions. Her granddaughter remembers having a violet corsage made for her by her grandmother for a piano recital.
She married Eulys G. Stringer on December 28, 1952 and they ran a small grocery in Murray, Kentucky until his death on October 29, 1953. Nellie had studied nursing and received her cap and pin; then passed the State Board examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked at the Murray Hospital.
Nellie had a beautiful soprano voice and loved to sing gospel music--a talent she passed on to her son. The family organ has been lovingly preserved by a granddaughter. It brings memories of another time when the Murdock family gathered around to join in Christmas songs after the "bountiful meal" that had been prepared for the gathering. Nellie is gone, but her memory lives on in others.
Thomas Kimbrough Murdock (1869 - 1961)
Elizabeth Davy Scherffius Murdock (1876 - 1930)
Eulys G. Stringer (1887 - 1953)
Henry Gamble Armstrong (1897 - 1974)
Thomas Lee Armstrong (1923 - 2008)*
Murray City Cemetery
Maintained by: Frances Spillman
Originally Created by: billye schulle
Record added: Jan 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47347401