Born Aug. 7, 1931 in Muskegon, Mi., to the late Gretchen (Phillips) and Thomas James, she grew up and spent her younger years on the shores of Lake Michigan, until moving north to the Escanaba area and then returned to Marinette where she graduated from Marinette High School in 1948. She met and married the love of her life, Richard F. Armbrust, in 1951 in Menominee, Mi.
She loved music and dancing with Dick at many area dance halls, (sometimes in the family living room), traveling to see the mountains, was an avid reader and enjoyed difficult crossword puzzles. In younger years, she loved motorcycling with her husband.
A lifetime member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary Post 1887, she was also active in Menominee Township politics and worked for the United States Postal Service for almost 20 years, retiring in 1999. She loved music and was a member of Epiphany and Holy Redeemer Church choirs where she sang or directed their choirs. She will remembered for her solo rendition of "Oh Holy Night" on Christmas Eve. In later years, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her much joy.
She is survived by 10 children, Rae Lynn Kolbas (Joe Sullivan), Lisa Ann (Dennis) Rye, Colleen Armbrust, Richard (Penny) Armbrust, Mark (Mary) Armbrust, Lori (Stephen) Patzke, Michael Armbrust, Teresa Muirheid, Patrick (Lisa) Armbrust and Robert Armbrust; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sandra (Myrl) Child; a brother, Michael (Deb) Deiters and many nieces and nephews.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; a sister, Laura (Robert) Huffman; a niece, Sara Deiters and all of Dick's siblings.
Visitation will be held at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Menominee on Monday, July 27 from 10 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Fr. Jubish Joseph presiding. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, anyone who attends is asked to wear a mask. Cadieu Funeral Home of Menominee is assisting the family with arrangements.