Jean Madeline Armstrong

Jean Madeline Armstrong

July 10, 1917 ~ October 1, 2012

Jean Madeline Armstrong was born in Spokane, Washington, to Grace and Bill Austin. A graduate of West Seattle High School, she lived with her husband, Cecil (d. 1990), and their three children in Columbia City, Seattle. Jean and Cecil celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1987. A proud breast cancer survivor since 1963, she participated annually in the Komen Race for the Cure.

The quintessential mother and grandmother, she taught all of her children and grandchildren to hit a baseball and to cheer loudly for the home team. Jean enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing bridge, and traveling. In addition to travels throughout most of the 50 states, she visited Europe, China, Japan, and Mexico. When she was not riding in a helicopter, flying in a hot Air balloon, parasailing, or snorkeling (at eighty-five), she could be found tending her garden or hosting pool parties for the extended family.

A committed member of the Seward Park Walkers, the Lakewood Garden Club, and the Fire Fighters Travel Club, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Austin; survived by her sisters, Helen Bunting of South Carolina and Shirley (Larry) Stierwalt of Federal Way; her daughter, Judy (Gene) Craig of Renton and sons, Cliff (Gretchen) Armstrong of Kenmore and Bill (Anna) Armstrong of Duvall; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 6th, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 1700 Edmonds Ave. NE in Renton, WA, 98056. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seattle Children's Hospital, (, The Nature Conservancy (, or a .

Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 2 to Oct. 5, 2012