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October 1, 1928 - May 30, 2014 NORMAN Bobbie Jean Armstrong, 85, was born to the late Clarence Armstrong and the late Maudine Gass October 1, 1928, in Willisville, Illinois, and passed away on May 30, 2014. She has two brothers, the late Richard Armstrong and her younger brother, Larry Armstrong, of Florida. Bobbie graduated from Pinckneyville High School. In the spring of 1947, Bobbie met Ralph Clinton on a blind date, and, giving up her college scholarship, they were married in December that same year. They were married for nearly 29 years until Ralph's sudden death in 1976 at age 51. Bobbie and Ralph had seven children together (six surviving). When her youngest child started pre-school, Bobbie went back to college, entering Central State University, Edmond, OK, as a freshman at the same time as her oldest daughter, Carol. Bobbie received a B.A. and M.A. in English at Central State and also attended the University of Oklahoma Ph.D. program in English. After Ralph's passing, Bobbie married Dr. Nolen Armstrong in 1978. They were married for 21 years until Nolen's death in 1999. Subsequently, she resided in Norman and most recently, shared a home with her daughter, Cathy Barnum and her husband Tom. Bobbie is survived by her six children, Gary Clinton and girlfriend Christina Greenaway, of Norman, OK; Carol Smith, of Choctaw, OK; Robert Clinton and wife Tammy Clinton, of Norman, OK; Cathy Barnum and husband Tom Barnum, of Norman, OK; John Clinton and wife Anne Clinton, of Norman, OK; and Julie Quinn and husband Rollie Quinn, of Leesburg, VA; grandchildren, Solon Clinton and wife Nathalie Rocher, Andrew Clinton, Matthew Clinton and wife Rebecca Bean, Daniel Clinton, Samantha Bunyard and husband Alan Bunyard, Brian Clinton, Jordan Spor, Jaron Spor, Cate Dabney, Will Dabney, Coree Clinton, Levi Clinton, Emma Clinton, Casey Quinn, and Jack Quinn; and three surviving great-grandchildren, Milan Clinton, Maelis Clinton, and Dexter Bunyard. She is also survived by her brother, Larry Armstrong and wife Pamela Armstrong, of Daytona Beach Shores, FL; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harold and Janet Clinton, of Belleville, IL; and sister-in-law, Ruth Kunstman, of Aiken, SC; and many nieces and nephews. Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Ralph and Nolen; her brother, Richard; a son, Brian; her son-in-law, Wilburn L. Smith; and her dog, Snickers. Visitation for Bobbie will be 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Havenbrook Funeral Home at 3401 Havenbrook St. in Norman with interment following at 1 p.m., Resurrection Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Bobbie's name to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Special Olympics, or . Online condolences may be shared at: www.HavenbrookFuneralHome.com

Published in The Oklahoman on June 3, 2014
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