Winifred Louise Mugg, 94, a longtime resident of Howard County, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014. She was born June 14, 1919, the oldest of four children in the family of Olin and Ruth (Peters) Armstrong. In 1938, she married Francis E. Mugg, and together they worked side-by-side building their future together until his death Aug. 23, 2010.
Louise was a 1937 graduate of Kokomo High School. She was employed at Delco for two years, which enabled her to contribute to the purchase of a small house on a small piece of land. That purchase developed into the home place they shared for over 70 years. Louise was a tireless worker alongside Francis, helping care for the farm animals and assisting in the field. At the same time she was a nurturing and loving mother to their three children.
Throughout Louise’s life, music played a constant and important role. As a young woman, she performed with her sister, Betty, singing and playing their guitars for various local gatherings. At one point, they performed live on a popular Chicago radio station. Later in life, Louise and her friends sang at local rest homes, providing music for the residents. Louise loved playing her harmonica and always kept one near so she could pick it up and play when she felt a song coming on. She served as the music leader at Mount Gilead Baptist Church, where she was a member and also served in various other roles to support the church. She was positive and steady in her faith.
The family gives its sincere gratitude to caregivers, Marilyn, Natosha, Carol, Melissa and Misti for the tender care and loyalty with which they assisted Louise in the last years of her life.
She will be dearly missed by her three children, Linda Mugg (Jack) Heflin, Stephen (Susan) Mugg, and Philip (Kathy) Mugg. Louise was a spirited a fun-loving grandmother to her seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She leaves them with priceless memories of wonderful times they spent together. She is survived by her brother, Bill Armstrong, who visited her often during her illness and brought her chocolates.