Mildred Armstead is my great grandmother. She was the daughter of George Thomas Armstead and Clara Hilfinger.
Valley Falls Vindicator
The sudden, untimely death of Mrs. Mildred Lassiter at her home south of town last Wednesday came as a shock to the entire community.
Mildred H. Lassiter, the youngest child of George T. and Clara B. Armstead, was born February 28, 1904, and passed away May 26, 1948 at the age of 44 years, 2 months and 26 days. She passed away at her home quite suddenly, in which she was born and where she had lived her entire, but short, life.
She was united in marriage to Thomas Lassiter October 15, 1923, and to this union a son Thomas, Jr., was born. Her mother preceded her in death which she was but 6 years of age. She and her brother and sister were cared for by their father, until grown.
After her marriage she continued living in the home, caring for her family and father, who preceded her in death 5 years. She lovingly and untiringly card for her father during several months of illness. She was a member of the United Brethren Church, the Blue Mound Grange, the Blue Mound Sunshine Club and the Rebekah Lodge of Valley Falls.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband of the home; her son Tom, Jr., and his wife Sara; two grandchildren, Rhonda and Rory; one sister, Mae Means; one brother Claude Armstead and an aged grandmother, Mrs. Hilfinger, of Los Angeles, Calif.; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were conducted on Friday afternoon from the Methodist Church in Valley Falls by Rev. C. Vincent Hall of Nortonville. Mrs. Melvin Stafford and Mrs. Gerald Barnes sang Whispering Hope and The Old Rugged Cross, with Miss Marie Barr at the piano. Pallbearers were O.G. Campbell, W.B. Irwin, Raymond Colhouer, Raymond Bier, Robert Trimble and Lambert Heinen. The Rebekah Lodge conducted their service at the graveside.
The sun never sets in the golden west, ‘ere a dear one, a loved one is laid to rest. One, who through the years, has shared our tears and sorrows with kindness and thoughts of our tomorrows. Though Mildred is free of sickness and pain, our loss of her will be Heaven’s gain. A precious one from us has gone, her voice no more we’ll hear; until we meet in the great beyond, the one we loved so dear.