Carmen Jean Armantrout

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  1. Carmen’s father and mother were my God parents. We lived close together in Kingman, Kansas. My last memory of her in Kingman was our personal goodbye as we were really good friends and liked being together as youngsters. As time went along, her father reached out to me in his last few years but as life would have it we never connected in person but on the telephone a lot. Often when I would call, Carmen would be there. It was so good to be able to reconnect with my other family. Cory, your mom was a great person who will be missed by many. To the Armantrout Family, be strong and remember what Carmen would do or say that would make you laugh or smile.

  2. Barbara Scott

    I was saddened to learn of Carmen’s passing. As past President of Harveyette Harveters Garden Club, she was a “stickler” for Parliamentary Procedure (much to our chagrin)! She was a true leader and a warm, caring person.
    Barbara Scott

  3. Garth Massey

    Carmen was, as I’m sure everyone knows, a wonderful person who lived a full life. I knew her well only as a teenager, and mostly as an art student. It was a wonderful opportunity to see what we could do and share much of the confusion of being young and hopeful.

    Carmen had a tremendous capacity for generosity and kindness, and was unsparing in her love for others. Her deep faith gave her a steady hand in facing adversity, but optimism and a positive approach to her life kept her moving forward.

    My sympathy to her family. Your loss is everyone’s loss. Carmen will always be in my memory.

    Garth Massey
    Portland, Oregon

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Carmen Jean Armantrout

In Loving Memory

Born:
May 9, 1948 :: Kingman, Kansas

Passed Away:
February 13, 2019 :: Wheat Ridge, Colorado

There will be two memorial services; Denver – Monday, February 25, at 2:00 PM, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth, Blvd.; Thursday, February 28, 2:00 pm at the Messiah Lutheran Church, Hays, KS.  A brief fellowship will follow each service.
 

In Loving Memory of Carmen Jean Dies Armantrout

Carmen Jean Dies Armantrout died unexpectedly, February 13, 2019, at a cardiac rehabilitation center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, following an open heart valve replacement surgery.

Carmen was a long-time resident of Denver and had returned to Hays, Kansas within the past two years.

Carmen was born in Kingman, Kansas, May 9, 1948, to Edgar W. Dies, and Geneva Louise Lechner Dies. Carmen went to grade school and high school in Hays, was part of the great class of 1966. Carmen graduated from the St. Francis School of Nursing in Wichita, specializing in Children’s Intensive Care.

In January 1969, Carmen married Chuck Armantrout. Work led to their European tour: Germany, Ireland, Great Britain, Denmark and France. They also lived and worked in Utah, South Dakota, Florida, California, and Illinois, eventually returning to their home in Denver.

Although Carmen ‘retired’ from Nursing in 1975, (once a nurse always a nurse), she continued to reach out and help anyone and everyone in need. It was her career of compassion.

She had a love of flowers and held the title of Master Flower Show Judge. Carmen enjoyed photography, wine, books, nature, gardening, cats, and art.  One of the many causes that Carmen was committed to was trying to see that her mother’s Iris legacy continued throughout Hays.

She grew up in 4-H, was a leader and attended Rock Springs Ranch and Kansas Recreation Workshops

In Hays, she was a 10-year member of the Hays Lions Club, and a devote member of the Messiah Lutheran Church.

Carmen was a philanthropist to many organizations, following her career of patience and compassion. Carmen was a good Christian woman

Jim Huenergarde became her friend and companion when she returned to Hays.

She is survived by her two sons – Conan [ Missoula, MT], Cory [Hays, KS], sister – Dixie Dies [Hamilton, MT], Companion-Jim Huenergarde [Hays, KS], granddaughters Alaisha and Brianna Roma [Colorado], Akela Armantrout [Missoula, MT], great grandson Kiernan Roma [Denver, CO], sister-in-law – Anna Shook [TN] and many Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.

She was preceded in death by her spouse, Chuck Armantrout, parents – Ed and Genie Dies, and brother – Barry Dies.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to:

  1. Hays Lions Club, c/o Gene Stramel, 3006 Broadway Ave.,Hays, KS, 67601.   
  2. Community Assistance Center, 208 E. 12th, Hays,Ks, 67601.  3. Messiah Lutheran Church, 2000 Main St., Hays, Kansas. 67601.   
  3. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80214

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  1. Carmen’s father and mother were my God parents. We lived close together in Kingman, Kansas. My last memory of her in Kingman was our personal goodbye as we were really good friends and liked being together as youngsters. As time went along, her father reached out to me in his last few years but as life would have it we never connected in person but on the telephone a lot. Often when I would call, Carmen would be there. It was so good to be able to reconnect with my other family. Cory, your mom was a great person who will be missed by many. To the Armantrout Family, be strong and remember what Carmen would do or say that would make you laugh or smile.

  2. Barbara Scott

    I was saddened to learn of Carmen’s passing. As past President of Harveyette Harveters Garden Club, she was a “stickler” for Parliamentary Procedure (much to our chagrin)! She was a true leader and a warm, caring person.
    Barbara Scott

  3. Garth Massey

    Carmen was, as I’m sure everyone knows, a wonderful person who lived a full life. I knew her well only as a teenager, and mostly as an art student. It was a wonderful opportunity to see what we could do and share much of the confusion of being young and hopeful.

    Carmen had a tremendous capacity for generosity and kindness, and was unsparing in her love for others. Her deep faith gave her a steady hand in facing adversity, but optimism and a positive approach to her life kept her moving forward.

    My sympathy to her family. Your loss is everyone’s loss. Carmen will always be in my memory.

    Garth Massey
    Portland, Oregon

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