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Viola Armstrong, 92, Pana

Viola May Armstrong, 92, of Pana, passed away in her home on February 14, 2022 after suffering a stroke. She was born on a farm in Herrick on May 2, 1929 to Willis and Nellie Wirey. She married her husband Jack in August 1950 in Pana, and they raised four children together.   Viola was a librarian at the Carnegie-Schuyler Library for 20 years. She also taught Sunday school at St. Paul Lutheran Church for many years, She was also a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, and the Pana Senior Center, where she was an officer for several years. Viola was a dedicated mother and homemaker, known for her fabulous cooking. She loved music and dancing. Additionally, she spent many hours dancing the night away with friends in the Pana area. A survivor of the Great Depression, Viola also survived the COVID-19 isolation, and most devastatingly the loss of her daughter Viky. She never questioned the quality and completeness of her life. She was one of the kindest people you could ever meet. Moreover, she will be greatly missed. Viola’s survivors include children Jacalyn (Gary) Seitz of Springfield, Eric (Cheryl) Armstrong of Foley, AL, and Kurt (Dana) Armstrong of Chatham, eight grandchildren Erica Linn of Pana, Brooke Doggett of Chatham, Chad Armstrong of Vandalia, Deric Armstrong of Chicago, Zac DeBrun of Denver, CO, Morgan Scheffers of Chatham, Billie Buhnerkempe of Chatham, and Lauren Sabo of Chatham, and 13 great-grandchildren Brody Lehn-Armstrong, Parker Doggett, Emerson Doggett, Jack Armstrong, Ace Armstrong, Gemma Armstrong, Alma Buhnerkempe, Will Buhnerkempe, Hadley Scheffers, Harper Scheffers, Mack Sabo, Otto Sabo, and Cole Sabo. Preceding Viola in death is her parents, siblings Merrill Wirey and Naomi Malin, husband Jack, and daughter Viky.

Service information for Viola Armstrong

Funeral services will be Friday, February 18, 2022 at 2 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Pastor Leon Goff will be officiating, with burial in Linwood Cemetery, Pana. Visitation will be Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials in Viola’s honor may go to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of her daughter Viky, who had vascular dementia. Memorials can also go to Carnegie-Schuyler Library, where Viola worked for many years. Both will be accepted by McCracken-Dean Funeral Home who is assisting the family.
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