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 Loretta Edna <I>Slifka</I> Armstrong

Loretta Edna Slifka Armstrong

Cresco, Howard County, Iowa, USA
Death 30 Oct 2012 (aged 99)
Springdale, Washington County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Tontitown, Washington County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 100009751 · View Source
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Loretta Edna Armstrong, 99, of Springdale, died Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
She was born March 13, 1913 in Cresco Iowa to William and Mary Schneider Slifka.

Loretta was baptized and confirmed in her faith at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cresco where she also attended elementary school. She was accepted to attend Good Counsel Academy, a girl's convent school, in Mankato, Minnesota, during her 9th grade year. The following year she returned to Cresco High School where she graduated with honors, took part in many plays, and was a member of the Thespian Society. After high school she married Gerald M. Armstrong and together they moved to South Dakota for a short time during the Great Depression. They returned to Iowa where they farmed for many years until moving to the Ozarks in 1958. Loretta worked at Daisy Manufacturing in Rogers for 23 years. At the age of 70 she started a new career at Wal-Mart, in Springdale, where she retired after 24 years.

She was a member of St, Raphael Catholic Church for 54 years. She was active in the Ladies Alter Society, arranging the alter flowers, often bringing flowers from her own garden. At the age of 92, she traveled with her church group to Rome to see the Pope. Loretta loved to garden, often receiving praise for her beautiful flowers. She
enjoyed the theater and performed in the Arts Center of the Ozarks production of "My Three Angels". She enjoyed reading and socializing. She volunteered at the Literacy Center helping young children with reading difficulties.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1968, a daughter, Shirley Ann Garrison in 2003, and by two brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by three children, Terry Armstrong and wife Pat of Jordan, Minnesota, Tim Armstrong and wife Christina of Springdale, Geraldine Alvis and husband Gilbert of Tontitown; 19 grandchildren, 27 great- grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10a.m. Monday, November 5, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springdale.
Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Tontitown. A Rosary will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Funeral Home followed by visitation until 7 p.m.

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  • Created by: L Bruns
  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100009751
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Loretta Edna Slifka Armstrong (13 Mar 1913–30 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100009751, citing Saint Joseph Cemetery, Tontitown, Washington County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by L Bruns (contributor 46890146) .