In Memoriam | Elaine W. Armbruster

Elaine Wellborn Armbruster, 85, was born in a car near Kirksville, Missouri on April 12, 1936, and died the evening of December 26, 2021, peacefully in her sleep after a long hard-fought battle with cancer. Elaine was a fighter with…


Elaine Wellborn Armbruster, 85, was born in a car near Kirksville, Missouri on April 12, 1936, and died the evening of December 26, 2021, peacefully in her sleep after a long hard-fought battle with cancer. Elaine was a fighter with a strong will to live. She battled seven kinds of cancer over the last 30 years of her life. She died fighting lymphoma the past five years along with small cell carcinoma the past year and a half simultaneously. She is lovingly remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, sister-n-law, friend & confidant.

Elaine’s love story of almost 65 years started when she married the love of her life, Dr. David R. Armbruster in August of 1957. As a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman University) with a double major in Speech Therapy and Theatre, Elaine ventured into what was a new field. Being the go getter she was, and the need to support her husband, Dr. David through medical school, she established programs in three different school districts traveling to surrounding communities to serve students with speech disabilities.

In 1964, the couple moved their young family to Pearland, Texas to establish their home and Dr. David’s medical practice.

Elaine continued supporting her new local community and her husband’s career as well as her children’s academic success through various community and charitable causes. Some of which included the Auxiliary to the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, Auxiliary to the American Osteopathic Medical Association, Pearland Lioness Club, First United Methodist Church of Pearland, Pearland ISD Volunteer, Chamber of Commerce, Delphian Society, Pearland Neighborhood Center, Golfcrest Country Club Ladies Association, & HLTA just to name a few. She held about every officer position in most of the organizations she served.

In her empty nester years, she became an accessory buyer and fashion coordinator for a specialty store she and David were part owner’s in with family. She loved this time helping friends while bringing out her creative side.

Elaine engaged in many activities in her life, but family and friends were most important to her. Highlights were always hosting parties, time at the beach, skiing in Colorado, or traveling anywhere with family and friends.

Elaine’s family was her biggest accomplishment. She took so much pride and joy in being a part of their lives. She shared three wonderful successful children, five fabulous grandchildren, and four precious great grandchildren with her husband Dr. David R. Armbruster. She is survived by Dr. David who still resides in Pearland and is now retired from his second career as being the best concierge doctor for Elaine anyone could have.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, Mr. & Mrs. Herman Wellborn (Kirksville Missouri); brother, Dewayne Wellborn (Kirksville, Missouri); brother-in-law. Edwin Hiatt of (Union, Missouri); brother-in-law, Dr. Jerome & sister-in-law, Linda Armbruster (Pearland); and mother-in-law, Evelyn Armbruster (Pearland); sister-in law, Susan Armbruster (North Ridgeville, Ohio); and sister-in-law, Judy Armbruster (North Ridgeville, Ohio).

A proud mother of three children, Elaine is survived by, Todd Armbruster and husband Tripp Kelley (Chicago), Brian Armbruster and wife Denise (Pearland), and daughter, Amy Armbruster Meeks and husband Geron (Pearland).

She is also survived by her five grandchildren who affectionally know her as Grandma and most recently as their “Bad Ass Grandma”, since she knew how to kick cancer’s butt; Cassi Meeks Condren and Sean Condren (Dallas); Phoebe Armbruster Plaster and Charles Plaster (Pearland); Alyssa Meeks Kelley and Keaton Kelley (Houston); Cybil Armbruster Felton and Derek Felton (Pearland); and Garrison Meeks (Kansas City).

Survivors: Great Grandchildren who kept her vigor for life, humor and grace are Beau & Ella Kelley (Houston) and Liam & Parker Condren (Dallas), along with “Fur Family”; Max, Odi, Eddie, Chole, Elek and Miklos. Other family who survive her include her sister, Becky Hiatt (Owensville, Missouri); sister-in-law, LaVerne Wellborn (Kirksville, Missouri); sister-in-law, Gayle Smith (Pasadena, Texas); brother-in-law, Paul Armbruster & sister-in law, Barbara Armbruster (Tampa, Florida); brother-in-law, Jeff Armbruster & sister-in-law, Lee Armbruster (North Ridgeville, Ohio); sister-in-law, Cheryl Armbruster (Pearland), along with many other dear relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses that helped and supported her throughout her 30-year battle with cancers, especially M.D. Anderson’s recent team and Dr. Joe Mandola.

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