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Mariruth Armfield, 93, Kokomo, went home to join the other angels and to be with her Heavenly Father and her husband Dale on Jan. 19, 2018. She was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Madison County to Cecil and Irene (Miles) Fouch. She was the second of three children. On Nov. 24, 1943, she was married to Dale Russell Armfield in Elwood, Indiana. She was preceded in death by Dale in 2013.
Mariruth was a 1942 graduate of Frankton High School. She was a good student, enjoyed her school years, and also played a clarinet in the school band.
Mariruth and Dale started there life together in Anderson, Indiana, where they both worked at Delco Remy Guide Lamp until after WWII. They then moved to eastern Howard County where they lived and worked on the family farm. They started a family and had three daughters and one son. Mariruth was a devoted wife and mother. She was a dedicated wife who was a hard worker and helper on the farm. She drove tractors to help with the crops; she also helped with taking care of the livestock, which included cows, pigs and chickens. She was also a very devoted mother while working on the farm and caring for her children. She was a Girl Scout Leader and always supported her children in their other school activities.
In the 1967, she gained employment at St. Joseph Hospital as a nursing aide and worked in that role for seven years. She later retired and became a homemaker and focused on raising her family.
Mariruth's Christian faith has always been a steadfast part of her life. Her faith was a priority throughout her entire life. She also imparted this love of her faith into her children. She was always an example of what it means to live a Christ-like life. She was a long-time member of Fairfield Christian Church in Oakford. She has been attending on a regular basis until her recent illness has kept her from doing so.
Mariruth was also a long-time Taylor Township resident and was a 50-year member of Center Chapter Eastern Star. Her favorite pastimes were reading, listening to music, decorating cupcakes and cookies. She also enjoyed her gardening, sewing and painting. One of the things she always looked forward to was going on a road trips to get her favorite dessert, vanilla ice cream. She most enjoyed spending time with her family. The best legacy she gave to her family was to be a role model described in Proverbs 31. She gave 100 percent of her love, time and respect to her family.
Survivors include her three daughters and a son, and son-in-laws, Diane and Phillip Knight, Kokomo, Susan and Max Ammerman, Kokomo, Brenda and Brad Rogers, Kokomo, and her son Roger Armfield, Kokomo; and four grandchildren, Aaron and Michelle Knight, Kokomo, Mindy and Shane Smith, Kokomo, Traci and Dennis Azote, Virginia, Jessica and Christopher Garcia, Fishers. Mariruth is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren, Cali (Travis Myers) George, Mikaela Knight, Alex Knight, Nathanael Knight, Allysson George, Lara George, Iziah George, Tyler Smith, Darien Smith, Aiden Azato, Evan Azato and Ryan Azato; and a 5th generation great-great granddaughter Victoria Blackburn (George).Several nieces and nephews also survive her.
Her sister, Juanita Benton, Westfield, also her best friend, also survives her.
She was preceded in death by her brothers Gene Fouch and Jim Fouch, and her brother-in-law William Benton.
A special thank you to our caregivers who were very dedicated to Mariruth and our family. They always treated her in such a loving, caring and compassionate way. Thank You Vivian, April, Tracey, Olivia, Heather, Susie and Linda. You made such a difference our Mother's life. All of you became a part of our family.
In addition, a special thank you to all of the staff at Great Lakes, Home Care and Hospice Care Team. You were always so professional, helpful, caring and compassionate.
Funeral services celebrating Mariruth's life will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, IN. Pastors Keith Cramer and Lynn Coleman will be officiating. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. Friends are invited to call on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and 1 hour before the service Tuesday. An Eastern Star Memorial Service is planned for Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mariruth's memory to Fairfield Christian Church and Greentown Lions Club Armfield-Moyer Round Barn. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published on January 20, 2018
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