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Mable Irene Armstrong
July 17, 1937 ~ November 11, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Mable Armstrong, age 86, a long time resident of Polk City, Florida passed away on Saturday,
November 11, 2023 from cancer complications. Born at home in New Carlisle, Indiana on July 17,
1937 she was the youngest child of Ethel B. and Lyle E. Smith. She is predeceased by her husband,
John Arthur Armstrong, as well as her parents and siblings. Mable is survived by her former husband
William Wesley Woodward; her children: Dru Woodward (David Orszulak), William W. Woodward II
(Christie), Michael L. Armstrong, Diana Armstrong, and step children: Joyce Humphrey, Helen York
(Keith), Wanda Walczewski, John Armstrong III, and Michael Armstrong. Mable, known to all as
"NaNa" leaves behind her beloved grandchildren: Vilara Morris (Justin), Lyle Orszulak (Pristine),
Elizabeth Blake (Matthew), Laura Palalay (Lyman), Caitlynn McCahill, Maranda Armstrong, Logan
McCahill, Marleena Armstrong, Machael Armstrong, along with 11 step grandchildren. NaNa enjoyed
when the little ones visited, never imagining that she would have 51 great and great great
grandchildren with another 3 on the way within the next few months.
Mable's love for animals generated a houseful and farmyard full of various breeds of critters, always
saying if they found their way to her then they got to stay forever, and forever most of them did!
Predeceased by her loving milk cow Katie, Danny the donkey and several beloved dogs including
Sugar, Bucky and Cowboy; survived by house pets old man Teddy and her new golden retriever
puppy Dolly, the cats Cheez and Smokie, and the bearded dragon, Ms.Monty. Rest assured NaNa
they are now all being loved on and well cared for by their other co-parents.
When Mable was a young girl the Smith family moved from New Carlisle to their forever home on
Portage Road in South Bend, Indiana. Mable graduated from South Bend Central High School in
1956 as their 1st chair clarinet player and honored member of the marching band. That same year
she married her high school sweetheart, William Wesley Woodward, and moved to California shortly
thereafter. When the marriage failed she returned to the Smith's forever home in South Bend. Mable
worked diligently outside of the home as a machinist for several years to support and provide a happy
home for her four children. In 1972 she met and fell in love with John who was the neighbor two
houses down and they were married shortly thereafter. Their marriage of 30 years had its trials and
tribulations. They both lost limbs and had health issues but still together they traveled the entire USA
in a motor coach eventually landing in Polk City where they purchased "Our Hidden Acres" and
turned it into the family mini farm. It's where the animals never leave, where friends and family party,
and where Mable♥Mom♥NaNa will forever be loved and also be missed every single day.
A celebration of NaNa's life party and the love her family has for her is being planned (Party is the
word NaNa wanted!).
In lieu of flowers, a food dish may be brought to the Party! If you want to donate but will be unable
to attend please reach out for electronic payment app info or other ways to contribute.