Obituaries for week of 6-4-03
Madras resident Luis Ramon Armstrong died May 28, at the age of 65.
Mr. Armstrong was born March 7, 1938, the youngest of seven children, in Puerto Rico to parents Tomas and Maria Luisa Armstrong. After his father died, he and his mother moved to New York, where he completed high school and college.
On Nov. 20, 1956, he and Iris, a girl he had known from Puerto Rico who had also moved to New York, were married in New York City. He worked as the general manager of a cable and wire company, then in 1965 they moved to Gardena, Calif., to work for another company. There he became an elder in the Jehovah's Witness Church. The family then returned to Puerto Rico for 13 years, where Mr. Armstrong was hired as the personnel manager for Bechtel Construction Firm. He also helped establish eight Jehovah's Witness congregations while they were there.
In 1981, the Armstrongs moved to Arkansas for 2 1/2 years, where he was the personnel manager for a power plant. Wanting to move out West, they moved to Madras in 1984 to help a friend establish a Hispanic Jehovah's Witness church. Subsequently, a second church was opened in Madras, along with a church in Bend.
Mr. Armstrong worked for three years as a laborer at Bright Wood, then was hired as the personnel manager for Pioneer Cut Stock in Prineville. In 1995, he retired from that career to become a full-time court interpreter.
Survivors include his wife, Iris Armstrong of Madras; sons, Louis Armstrong of Monmouth, and Walter Armstrong of Wilsonville; daughter, Yirah Marrero of Madras; brother, Jose Armstrong of Puerto Rico, and numerous half-brothers.
A memorial service was held at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Arrangements were under the direction of Bel-Air Colonial Funeral Home of Madras.
Former Madras area resident Idella A. Mason died May 10, 2003, at English Oaks Convalescent Hospital in Modesto, Calif.
She was born to Lyle Gap homesteading parents Alfred T. and Agusta Martin on Feb. 1, 1916. She was valedictorian of the 1933 class at Madras Union High School, and then attended Behnke-Walker Business College in Portland.
She worked several years for Lewis H. and Louise Irving in Madras before going to Seattle to work for the Texas Oil Company. In October 1946, she married Raymond B. Mason of Modesto, Calif., and subsequently lived in Modesto for 57 years.
She worked as a bookkeeper at Hennings Brothers Well Drilling in Modesto for 10 years, was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, and enjoyed sewing, gardening, traveling, camping and sightseeing.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Mason of Modesto; children, James Mason of Clovis, Calif., and Janet Wilson of Magalla; brother, John Martin of Mount Angel, Ore.; sisters, Myrthena Grater of Madras and Marie Martin of Mount Angel; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother.
Lakewood Funeral Home in Hughson was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Centenary United Methodist Church, 1911 Toyon Ave., Modesto, CA, 95350.