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America Lea "Meck" Pickens Armstrong
Birth: Nov. 24, 1907
Yell County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Mar. 23, 2005
Grant County
New Mexico, USA

Meck is my daughters' Granny.

The sixth of ten children born to Samuel Kimbul and Mollie Ella (Womack) Pickens of Desha Co AR, Meck married Leo James Armstrong on 16 Sep 1925 in Yell Co AR. They had six children who grew to adulthood, three sons and three daughters.

Meck told me about a stillborn child, but I do not remember what year the baby was born; likley the baby was their first born, since the oldest surviving child, Virginia, was not born until almost 4 years after she and Leo married.

Meck was a gardener, who grew the best vegetables and sold them from her side yard. She was also an expert quilter and made the prettiest and most original quilts and pillows, which will certainly last a lifetime. My favorite one was made entirely of courderoy pieces and was very heavy.

Meck was only about 5' tall, but she was a dynamo of energy, walking so fast it seemed she ran everywhere. She made the best Arkansas Fried Apple pies. Everything she baked was from scratch. The meals were so good. She made the most enormous breakfasts for husband Leo every morning: 6 to 8 eggs, homemade bisquits with sausage or bacon. He always carried a large lunch pail to work.

Leo and Meck liked to watch professional Boxing together. My mother-in-law was a very special lady and I miss her to this day. My children called her Granny.

Granny was a small woman with a very big heart. She was always the perfect target for husband Leo's many practical jokes. After one of his practical jokes, she would pretend to be shocked or annoyed, but as soon as he was out of sight she would giggle with delight like a young girl in love. Meck told me Leo started "courting" her when she was about 13 yrs old; they would ride with her father to town on the back of a buckboard wagon.

Abt 1954, when she and Leo moved their young family to CA, they worked in many of the cotton fields along the way from Arkansas. Upon settling in Poway, they lived in a small house on Poway Rd that had once been the town's Post Office. The house is still there and was or still is, headquarters for the Poway Chieftain Newspaper.

Rest in Peace Granny, we all miss you very much and you are loved so much.

Note: Surprisingly, we discovered Meck was also my distant cousin, down through the Gaines, French, Brummett, Snider and Kennedy families.

Much appreciation and thanks to:
Arlena Boggs for a tombstone photo.
Leo and Meck's son Art for the family photo and sponsorship of this memorial.
Family links: 
  Samuel Kimbul Pickens (1877 - 1954)
  Martha Ella Womack Pickens (1880 - 1975)
  Leo James Armstrong (1904 - 1993)
  Virginia L Armstrong McCreery (1929 - 2012)*
  Genova Armstrong Kirtley (1931 - 1974)*
  Robert Thedford Pickens (1899 - 1985)*
  Esther M Pickens Lawson Bryant (1901 - 1978)*
  Lonnie Dean Pickens (1903 - 1977)*
  William Circe Pickens (1905 - 1960)*
  America Lea Pickens Armstrong (1907 - 2005)
  James Cecil Pickens (1910 - 1994)*
  Artie Cleo Pickens Hawkins (1915 - 1999)*
  Franzer Irvin Pickens (1920 - 1977)*
  Buford Frelen Pickens (1923 - 1998)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Cremated; ashes placed in plot with husband Leo.
Mesa Cemetery
Grant County
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Bonnie's Daughter
Record added: Feb 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48313089
America Lea Meck <i>Pickens</i> Armstrong
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America Lea Meck <i>Pickens</i> Armstrong
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America Lea Meck <i>Pickens</i> Armstrong
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