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Ruth Lee (Eichhorn) Armstrong, 89, of Frostburg died Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Cumberland.
Born June 1, 1928, and raised in Lonaconing, Ruth was the daughter of the late Martin and Agnes (Cook) Eichhorn.
Ruth's recently departed husband, Jack, our numbers guy, had been counting the days until they could again be partners. Ruth was also predeceased by her two brothers, Martin and August Eichhorn; brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Mary Lee Armstrong; brother-in-law Earl Shaffer; and her much-loved and outgoing son-in-law, Donald Townsend.
Never one to be idle, Ruth spent her summers on Oak Street in South Cumberland with her Aunt Jay and cousin, Martha "Marty" Campbell. After graduating from Central High School in 1946, Ruth worked at the Tea Room and Rosenbaum's in Downtown Cumberland. She accepted a position with Columbia Gas before marrying Jack in August of 1949.
Ruth and Jack "set up housekeeping" above Parise's Drug Store on Main Street, Frostburg. With the help of family and friends, they eventually purchased ground and built their "forever home" on the corner of Mount Pleasant and Barnard. The living room sported a small wooden desk that soon became the "office" of the Armstrong Insurance Agency. Ruth, a licensed agent, directed the household activities and manned the phones for 25 years while Jack taught math at Beall High.
Upon Jack's "retirement," the Ruth-Jack insurance partnership truly flourished. The gracious lady and her gentleman worked together while playing together, both happy to enjoy their family, their community, their travels, and most recently, their adventures at Rocky Gap Resort and Casino.
The daughter of a coal miner, Ruth inherited her mother's ability to whip up a great meal with ease. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Soroptimist International of Frostburg. She firmly believed that women helping women does indeed create a better world. She loved to play cards, and she cherished her numerous card club friends.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Robin Townsend of Keymar, and her son and daughter-in-law, Barb and Slug Armstrong of Frostburg.
As a parent, Ruth gently guided her children to find happiness and success in life. She championed the phrase "don't sweat the little things." As a grandmother to J.C. and Rachel, nothing fell through the cracks; she never missed a gig, a game, a graduation, or the opportunity to slip a few bucks into their pocket.
Ruth's sister and brother-in-law, Peach and Marvin Llewellyn of Lonaconing, and her sisters-in-law, JoAnn Eichhorn of Millersville, and Betty Shaffer of Ashburn, Va., will attest to the fact that Ruth was the instigator who could always giggle at herself and find a way to brighten every moment. Ruth's numerous nieces and nephews often found a few extra bucks in their pockets, too. Her wonderful friends, neighbors, and caregivers, Scott and Phai Johnson, have forever earned the Armstrong family's intense love and respect.
The family invites you to visit with them on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Sowers Funeral Home, 60 West Main St., Frostburg.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Frostburg Fire Department.
Words of comfort may be sent to www.sowersfh.com.
Published on March 11, 2018
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