Louise A. Strain, 88, a longtime resident of Hurley, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Silver City Care Center. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. A memorial service and shared meal, for those want to stay, will be held at Copper Ridge Fellowship, 20 Flury Lane in Arenas Valley on Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. (Frances) Louise Armstrong (the seventh of nine children) was born May 10, 1925, at Snyder, Texas, to Sid U. Armstrong and Edna F. Armstrong. In 1932, when she was 7 years old, the family migrated from Texas to Quemado, N.M., where they built their home and established a homestead ranch seven miles north of town. She met her future husband, David Strain, in Quemado, where he was posted in the CC camp. They married on Sept. 6, 1941, when he was 19 years old and she was 16. During World War II, they lived in California and Quemado, and after the war, the Strain family lived in Utah and various places in New Mexico. The family had grown to six children by the time they settled in Hurley. Louise and David Strain were married for 69 years until Mr. Strain¹s death on June 19, 2010. Mrs. Strain was also preceded in death by her oldest son, Sid, and youngest daughter, Rhonda. She is survived by her daughter, Gail Wilson (Stan) of Arenas Valley; three sons, Ron Strain (Clorinda) of Mimbres, Bill Strain of Phoenix, Ariz., and Michael Strain of the San Francisco Bay Area; 23 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Bill Armstrong (Bonnie) of Quemado. During her lifetime, "Nanny," as she was widely known, was an expert auto mechanic and taught many neighborhood youngsters how to repair their bicycles. She raised her six children and served as a second mom to anyone who needed a helping hand. She enjoyed outdoor activities, like hunting, fishing, camping and rock hunting. She will be remembered for her kindness and generosity, and for her independent spirit. In her declining years, Mrs. Strain suffered from Alzheimer¹s and decreasing physical strength, which was frustrating for someone who yearned to be active and outdoors enjoying nature. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, "Traditional Services and Care for your Family and Friends," 210 W. College Ave., Silver City. Phone 388-1911. To send condolences, log in to www.brightfuneral.net.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on June 27, 2013