Eleanor Parker Armstrong

Published 11:59 pm Friday, November 14, 2014

Eleanor Parker Armstrong

November 10, 2014

Eleanor Parker Armstrong, 77, of Jacksonville, Fla., went to be with Jesus on November 10, 2014.

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She is survived by her husband Mike, daughter Delta (Bob) Kraus and grandchildren Daniel, James and Lauren Kraus all of Jacksonville; sister Delta Parker Rushnell of Bradenton, Fla., brother Tommy Ward of Bainbridge, Ga., and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Sammy Parker and James Parker; sisters Dorothy Parker Webb and Patricia Parker Knight; and nephew, Sammy Parker, Jr.

She was born Greta Eleanor Parker on August 9, 1937 in Donalsonville, Ga. to parents Wilma Ivey Parker and Sammie Archie Parker. She graduated from Bainbridge High School, Bainbridge, Ga., with the Class of 1955.

She married Michael Armstrong of Oregon, Ill. on December 19, 1959, at Calvary Baptist Church, Bainbridge, and they enjoyed nearly 55 years together. She served faithfully for 21 years as an Air Force Officer’s Wife, creating a warm and inviting home after each of their 17 moves and taking over all family and child-rearing duties, twice, while Mike served one year tours in Vietnam and Thailand. She was a room mother, Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher and a wonderful, devoted wife and mother. She filled quite a few offices and served on several committees within the Officer’s Wives Club and she was always ready to welcome and entertain guests. Hospitality was one of Eleanor’s greatest gifts!

In more recent years, she enjoyed RV traveling, quilting with the All Stars Quilt Guild, attending luncheons with the Retired Officer’s Wives Club and worshipping at Mandarin Presbyterian Church where she and Mike were members of the Pathfinders Sunday School class.

Eleanor leaves behind a lasting legacy of her warmth, generosity, faith and humor that touched and influenced the lives of those who knew and loved her. She will be missed beyond measure.

Visitation will be held at Hardage-Giddens Mandarin on Sunday, November 16th between 4 and 6 p.m. Services will be held at Mandarin Presbyterian Church on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. with internment at Jacksonville National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Eleanor requested that donations be made in honor of Delta Kraus, to the Narcolepsy Network, 129 Waterwheel Lane, North Kingstown, RI 02852, Attn: Eveline Honig.

Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223 www.hgmandarin.com (904)288-0025