Obituaries for Friday August 14th

Haidee Jocelyn Binns Armstrong, 94, of Lowell, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 14, 2020. She passed away at Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Mt. Pleasant. Haidee was born January 23, 1926, in New York City to Jocelyn and Iris Mae Black Binns. On March 27, 1960, she married Douglas Ian Armstrong in Oahu, Hawaii. He passed away February 6, 1997. Haidee earned her undergraduate degree at Hunter College in New York and received her Master’s in Library Science at Columbia University. Haidee worked as a head librarian of Children’s departments in New York City and in Oahu, Hawaii. Haidee loved traveling as she travelled in Europe, Mexico, and Jamaica before settling down to married life. A few years after moving to the Midwest, Haidee and Ian went into full time ministry in Danville and Lowell, where she spent many years teaching Sunday School and youth group, organizing women’s ministries, being faithful to prayer meetings, and being very committed to spreading the gospel. For a short time, Haidee was Danville Elementary School’s librarian. Haidee loved watching birds, going to the theater, gardening, and spending time with family. Haidee was a skilled seamstress, a voracious reader, talented artist, accomplished pianist, great Bible teacher, wonderful wife and mother, and most of all a devoted daughter of God. She is survived by two children: Christopher (Shelley) Armstrong of Riverside and Elissa (Brian) Swafford of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren; Bethany Dralle, Angela Kane, Jonathan Swafford, and Abigail Schaver; five great-grandchildren: Kamryn, Jasper, Calvin, Marley, and Micah; brother David (Barbara) Binns of San Diego, California; and nephew Danny Binns. Her husband and parents preceded her in death
A Celebration of Life for Mrs. Armstrong will be held at 10:00 AM, August 15, 2020 at New Song Christian Life Church in Lowell with Pastor Brian Swafford officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM, August 14th at Elliott Chapel, New London, with the family receiving friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. The use of face masks will be recommended during singing and social distancing will be encouraged. A memorial has been established for “Stir the Fire Ministry.” Online condolences may be left at

Shirley Ann Burger, 87, of Burlington, died Monday, August 10, 2020 at her home.
Born May 9, 1933 in DuBois, PA, she was the daughter of Annie Smith Gontero. She married Carl Walter Burger September 29, 1951 in Gardeau, PA. He died March 30, 2004.
Shirley worked at Champion Spark Plug until her retirement and was a homemaker.
She was of the Christian faith.
Her favorite pastimes included fishing, taking care of family, watching old westerns, playing cards and games, and spending time at the cabin.
Survivors include four children, Vicki (Richard) Mackie of Florida, Karen Ziegelmeyer of Burlington, Cheryl (Steve) Duke of Keosauqua, Steven (Shelley) Burger of Burlington; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Lynn Gontero of Iowa City, IA; and one sister Yvonne Kaminski of Dallas City, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother.
The private graveside service will be held at Aspen Grove Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Marlyce Buttrick Hopson left this world August 8, 2020. Born November 18, 1925 in Crosby, Minnesota. She grew up in Augusta, Iowa on her family’s farm where she helped with the gardening and milking cows. Her favorite chore was taking care of the chickens. She graduated from Denmark Academy in 1943 and worked at Northwestern Bell as a switchboard operator. She married Carl Hopson on October 15, 1944. They had two children, Sherry and Steven. Marlyce worked at Champion Spark Plug, retiring after 29 years. Her hobbies included genealogy, growing roses, and participating in the Daughters of the American Revolution local chapter. She was extremely proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Her children and grandchildren fondly remember holiday dinners and her famous dressing and her Christmas decorating, cookies, and candies. She is survived by her son Steven Hopson; grandchildren Lisa Freeman, Ginger Ellison, Damon Hillyer, and Cari Hopson; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Bruce Buttrick and Myrtle Tuttle; three sisters; two brothers; husband Carl Hopson; and daughter Sherry Hopson.
Due to Covid-19, a memorial Service will be held at a later date.