Vivian Mae Armstrong
September 01, 1923 ‒ July 04, 2013
LEXINGTON: Vivian Armstrong was born with music in her. Music was part of her makeup…like her bones, her heart, her soul…it was a force within her. She used her gift of music as the language of her spirit to bring glory to God, bless her family and serve her church family.
Vivian went to be with the Lord Thursday, July 4, 2013 from Sensations Memory Care Residence in Charlotte, Michigan. She was 89.
Born Vivian Mae Berry September 1, 1923 in Galion to Lewis and Hazel Berry, she graduated from Galion High School in 1942. On April 21, 1946 she was married to Emery R. Armstrong and the couple lived in Lexington, raised their family in the village, and remained lifelong residents. Emery, a former mayor of the village, preceded her to the Lord’s presence September 9, 1992.
Blessed with a servant’s heart, Vivian set about the honorable work of homemaker, helpmate to her husband, and serving her church family. She was a member of Lexington Church of Christ and she served the Lord with gladness, and came before his presence with singing. (Ps 100:2) She accompanied worship services as church organist for more than 50 years. Her role as church musician set an atmosphere of worship, which fostered the spirit of revelation, and prepared hearts to receive the Gospel. Vivian was active with the Go Ye Missions, the Golden Rule Sunday school class, involved 40 years with the women’s Bible study and hosted funeral dinners and countless fellowships both in the church building and in their home.
She taught her daughters to love hymns, filled her home with the music of the church, and praise and worship to the Lord were continually on her lips. She sang them while she worked and played. She knew that the kind of music she listened to mattered, so she selected music that would strengthen her spirit and her relationship with the Lord…as well as that of her family.
Blessed with her legacy of service, hospitality and music are her daughters and sons-in-law Crystal & Joel Copper of Dresden, Coral & Robert Hanje of Charlotte, MI and Charlene Armstrong of Greenville, PA; grandchildren Julie & Zachary Lentz of Cambridge, Jeremiah Copper of Placerville, CA, Brittany Hanje of Clarksville, TN, Justin & Alyssa Hanje of Saginaw, MI, and Jonathan Hanje of Charlotte, MI; great grandchildren Isaiah Lentz and Emerson Lentz; sister Faithe Mowry of Bellville, sister and brother-in-law Elaine & Marion Bowman of Bellville; nieces and nephews; and extended family.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her infant daughter Darlene and her mother.
The Armstrong family will receive friends Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving glory to God and honoring Vivian’s life will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in Lexington Church of Christ, 230 Delaware Street, Lexington. Pastor Tj Waters will speak, and yes, there will be music. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory to her church may be made at the funeral home. Snyder Funeral Home is privileged to serve Vivian’s family, and private messages of love and support maybe made to them at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com