REED CITY — Ellen Margueritte Armentrout, 87, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at home in Reed City, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Aug. 9, 1929, to Benjamin and Myrtle Blem in North Star. Her dad was a preacher so they moved to many different towns around that part of Michigan. Around 1949, her parents moved to Clare and there she met and married William Armentrout, May 17, 1951. The first year of their marriage was spent in Alaska, where Bill was in the army.

They lived on a small farm in Clare, where they started off with milk cows that Margueritte and her boys milked. The cows were named after her favorite country-western singers. Later, they changed to beef cattle and Margueritte started driving buses for Clare schools. When her husband’s job took them to Reed City, she got a job working at Evart Products. Each year they took a summer vacation that was usually spent riding around on their Harley. They managed to drive through every state in the continental United States at least once. At the age of retirement, they became snowbirds. Their first year was in Arizona and then they went to Florida for the next 20 years. She loved going back to the same community each year where she had many friends.

Margueritte was a devoted Christian and involved in many ways with the churches she attended. She loved singing in the choirs and many remembered her as their Sunday school teacher.

She was preceded in death by William; her son, George; and her five sisters and their spouses.

She will be greatly missed by her loving family, son, Edwin (Pamela Beemer) Armentrout; daughter, Sue (Greg) Roberts; grandchildren, David (Rebekah) Armentrout, Carrie (Leroy) Helmer, Jeff Roberts and Kristen (Omar) Taylor; great-grandchildren, Katelon Armentrout, Carter McLachlan, Carlee, Addison and Lydia Helmer and Isaac and Owen Taylor.

A celebration of life service will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Ashton United Methodist Church in Ashton.