Ellsworth Russell Armstrong, 89, died Dec. 10, 2003. Marguerite Mayme (Grout) Armstrong, 96, died on June 20, 2011, in the Dallas area.


Ellsworth Russell Armstrong, 89, died Dec. 10, 2003.
He was born to the late Olive (Brown) and Coleman Armstrong in Plymouth, Iowa, on April 14, 1914. He moved to Kansas as a young boy with his family.
Ellsworth attended Central Academy and Central College in McPherson. He worked at Boeing in Wichita and Hanna Furniture Company in Newton and did many painting, papering, drapery and carpentry projects through the years. He and Marguerite Grout were married in 1939. They enjoyed 64 years of marriage, living in McPherson, Wichita, Newton and Lubbock, Texas.
Marguerite Mayme (Grout) Armstrong, 96, died on June 20, 2011, in the Dallas area.
Born in 1914 in Concordia, Marguerite always enjoyed her July 4 birthday with fireworks, parades and family celebrations. She attended Central Academy and College.  She worked for Drs. Quantius and Price in McPherson, raised her family and later worked for Axtell Hospital in Newton.
The Armstrongs had two daughters, Mary Parker-Eves and Susan Clowe. Marguerite was widowed in 2003. Marguerite lived near her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Kim Clowe, in Lubbock, Texas, and then moved with them to the Dallas area in 2010. She loved to read and was quite a story teller, often relating her childhood experiences and family history to her children and grandchildren. She and her husband enjoyed many trips to visit family members. They were members of the Golden Plains Free Methodist Church in Newton.
She and Ellsworth are survived by Susan Clowe and her husband, Kim, their children Megan Clowe of Mesquite, Texas, and Jeremy Clowe and his wife Adriana of Houston, Karen Parker of San Jose, Calif., and Sean Parker and his wife, Tina of Watsonville, Calif. They also are survived by two great-grandchildren.
Ellsworth was preceded in death by his only brother, Cecil.  Marguerite is preceded in death by her parents, Eddie Elmer and Nellie (Logan) Grout of McPherson, sister, Chloris Sorenson, and brothers, Elmer Grout and Dean Grout, and daughter, Mary.
Graveside services for the Armstrongs will at 10 a.m. Monday at the McPherson Cemetery.