Lockridge Herald Lockridge, Jefferson Co, IA Friday, February 11, 1916 OBITUARY
Mrs. Margaret Armstrong passed away Saturday night at 10:45 o'clock at the home of her daughter Mrs. Stephen Dill on West Broadway, after an illness of only a few weeks. Mrs. Armstrong celebrated her 97th birthday last Thanksgiving Day and is believed to have been the oldest resident of Jefferson county.
Margaret Adams Armstrong was born in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, November 23, 1818 and with three sisters was bereft of a mother's care at the age of four years. When she was 11 years old the father also died and the children were then taken to relatives to live in Ohio, where Margaret grew to young womanhood.
In February, 1839, in Belmont county, Ohio, she became the bride of Henry Armstrong and there they resided for a number of years. Six children were born to them, five boys and one girl. Two boys have preceded their mother in death.
Mrs. Armstrong is survived by the following children: Mrs. Stephen Dill of Fairfield; Alfred Armstrong who resides five miles northwest of the city; Frank Armstrong of Kansas City, Mo. and Dr. James Armstrong of Tacoma, Wash. There are also seventeen grand children and eight great grand children.
The Armstrong family left their home in Ohio and came west ward in 1864 locating on a farm in Jefferson county about five miles northwest of Fairfield. Here Mr. Armstrong passed away on Feb. 2, 1887. Mrs. Armstrong continued to make her home upon this farm until about four years ago when on account of her advanced age she was persuaded to go make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Stephen Dill, who then resided about six miles southeast of Fairfield. The death of Mr. Dill occurring several months ago Mrs. Dill and Mrs. Armstrong moved to Fairfield last September.
Mrs. Armstrong was a woman of unusual strength of character. Never having known the love and care of father and mother herself she lavished upon her children all the attention of which her big heart was capable. As a neighbor and friend she was ever to be relied upon. Although she was the last of her family her sisters each lived to be unusually ripe old age.