Obituary: Dollie Cummings Armstrong |

Obituary: Dollie Cummings Armstrong

Dollie Cummings Armstrong

Aug. 16, 1935 – Feb. 21, 2019

Dollie was born Aug. 16, 1935, in Floydada, Texas, and passed away in Seattle on Feb. 21, 2019. She graduated high school in Woodburn, Oregon, in 1953 and Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, in 1957. Dollie and Hugh Armstrong were married in 1957. She received her M.S. from Syracuse and helped develop the physical fitness program for the first class of Peace Corps volunteers. Dollie taught physical education for years before starting her family. She and Hugh have two children, Debra and Olin, and three grandchildren: Heidi, Max and Adelyn.

Dollie’s life was committed to public service beginning with volunteering at her children’s preschool. She served on the Washington State Centennial Commission and was president of the Board of Directors of the Washington State Centennial Games. She met and was thanked for this work by President George H. W. Bush. Dollie became president of the SKIFORALL Foundation (now Outdoors for All) in 1986 and named executive director in 1990. She was inducted into the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame and received a certificate of appreciation from Washington state Gov. Mike Lowry for this work. Dollie was a PSIA certified ski instructor and division clinic leader.

She co-founded the Washington state Ski and Snowboard Museum. Dollie competed at a high level in tennis and taught skiing at Alpental, Breckenridge and in Japan. She golfed in 21 states, nine countries and on four continents. Dollie touched lives around the world.

A celebration of Dollie’s life will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 5 p.m. (doors open 3:30 – 7:30) at Montlake Community Center, 1618 E. Calhoun St., 98112.

In lieu of flowers, consider a gift to Washington state Ski and Snowboard Museum and/or the Outdoors For All Foundation.

Service details and a guestbook can be found at

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