Arneaux Armstrong

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Arneaux Saudrey "Peg" Armstrong, 81, of Cottonwood, Ariz. died May 21, 2000, at her home. Born in Douglas, Ariz., Mrs. Armstrong was the daughter of Robert S. Armstrong, an engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad who operated the first train over the newly-laid tracks from El Paso, Texas, to Douglas. In earlier years, he befriended and played poker with such characters as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

Mrs. Armstrong attended elementary school and high school in Douglas. She then graduated from St. Luke's School of Nursing in San Francisco and pursued a career as a registered nurse for the next 50 years.

After graduation, Mrs. Armstrong returned to Douglas where she worked at the Phelps Dodge Hospital. It was there that she met and cared for her future husband, Francis L. "Frank" Armstrong, no relation, also a native of Douglas and an employee at the Phelps Dodge copper smelter.

After their marriage in 1942 during World War II, the Armstrongs moved to San Diego when Mr. Armstrong joined the Army Air Corps. He was stationed at North Island there and was an aircraft mechanic. In San Diego, Mrs. Armstrong rose to the position of delivery room supervisor at Mercy Hospital.

After the war, Mr. Armstrong transferred from active military duty to a civilian position in the employ of the U.S. Air Force.

Their son, Roial A. "Roi" Armstrong, was born in San Diego in 1949. In 1952, the family moved to San Bernardino, Calif., following Mr. Armstrong's transfer to Norton Air Force Base.

In San Bernardino, Mrs. Armstrong worked at St. Bernardino's Hospital and at San Bernardino Community Hospital. In 1958, she and her husband adopted a second son, James.

In 1972, Mr. Armstrong retired and they moved to Strawberry. From 1972 to 1981, Mrs. Armstrong worked part-time at Pyle Memorial Hospital in Payson.

Her husband died in 1981. Mrs. Armstrong moved to Cottonwood in 1997 for health reasons.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Roi and Cindy Armstrong of Sedona; son James Armstrong of Cottonwood; granddaughters, Amanda Armstrong of Sedona and Denise Armstrong of Indiana; and nephew, Frank L. Sparks of Cottonwood.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank.

Services were private.

Contributions may be made to Northern Arizona Hospice in Cottonwood, Ariz.

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