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Born: Feb 13, 1932

Date of Passing: Sep 06, 2013

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LAURA JOHANNA GUDRUN ARMSTRONG (nee THORARINSON) February 13, 1932 - September 6, 2013 On Friday, September 6, 2013 surrounded by her family, our wife, mother, and Amma, Laura passed away at the Beausejour Hospital at the age of 81 years. Mom will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 56 years, Richard (Dick); daughter Darlene; three sons Richard (Lynda), Neil (Shelley) and Dwayne (Cindy); as well grandchildren Jack and Julia Armstrong will also remember their Amma dearly. Laura is also survived by her sisters Mable and Julie; along with in-laws Polly, Bill (Corrine) and Leonard; as well as many nieces; nephews; and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Anna and Arni Thorarinson; in-laws Ellen and Gerald Armstrong; siblings Eileen and Arni; sister-in-law Elaine and brothers-in-law Ray and Roy. On June 29, 1957 Mom married Dick. She went to Normal School (Teacher's College) and started teaching on a permit. Her much loved career as a teacher spanned from 1955 to 1968. She taught at White Poplar, Lilydale, Thalberg North, Garson, Tyndall, Greenwich, and Hazel Glen schools. Later Mom worked for Statistics Canada. Being a dedicated member of her community, Mom helped with fundraising and canvassing to better the Village. She enjoyed planning teas, fowl suppers, and bridal showers. She joined many clubs over the years. Mom was a 4-H leader and belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of St. Mark's United Church, Ladies Eagles, and the ELW group in Selkirk. She was the local historian for the area providing information to anyone who asked. She volunteered her time to do seniors' taxes and all were very grateful for her assistance. Mom's other talents were decorating wedding cakes for family and friends along with her love for cooking and baking. Neighbours and friends always enjoyed the Christmas baking. Mom was proud of her Icelandic heritage. She enjoyed genealogy, gardening, and flowers. She was a lifelong learner and had a terrific memory for dates and facts. Mom loved family gatherings, as these events meant everything to her. She always enjoyed a good game of cards. Amma's most precious loves were her grandchildren Jack and Julia. Her favourite saying to her family was "Now be good." A Celebration of Laura's Life will be held Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Evangelical Lutheran Church 329 Clandeboye Avenue, Selkirk, MB. A private family Interment will take place in the Tyndall Cemetery. Our family would like to thank the Home Care girls for the excellent care provided to our mother. Thanks to Dr. Daphne Schmidt and all the staff at the Beausejour Hospital who cared for our mother during her stay. We would like to thank family and friends who took the time to visit our mother. Although our mom loved flowers she would be honoured if you wished to donate to any of the following charities: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Canadian Diabetes Association (Manitoba), Beausejour Hospital TV Fund or her church the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Selkirk Memorial Fund. Wojcik's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, serving Beausejour, 204 268 2263 "Now be Good my Children."

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 10, 2013

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Laura was a lovely lady, a very kind and ever cheerful teacher and one of the pioneers of the community in Tyndall. Our sincere condolences to the Dick Armstrong family. - Posted by: Theresa & Elliott Hunter (Former students) on: Sep 14, 2013

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Armstrong Family during this difficult time. Be strong for one another...and keep Mom's love & legacy alive. - Posted by: Rick & Nancy (Friends of Dwayne & Cindy) on: Sep 11, 2013

  • Our sympathy goes out to the family, she will be sadly missed. She was Auntie to my children just a loving person she taught me how to make perogies and cabbage buns and alway had pickles for us. She was more than just a neighbour - Posted by: Stevens family (Neighbour ) on: Sep 11, 2013

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the Armstrong family, and especially Jack and Julia. May Amma's love carry you through this difficult time and your memories of her bring peace to your hearts. Take care. - Posted by: Michelle, Perry and Kali Samagalski (Friends of Neil, Shelley, Jack, Julia and Richard) on: Sep 11, 2013

  • Heartfelt condolences to Dick & children. Laura & I met through cooking for church suppers. My late husband Don, spoke fondly of Laura, Dick & 'the Armstrong boys'. Laura was a well respected community pillar & a true lady. It was always such a pleasure to have conversations with her. Keep your memories alive! The Lord is my Shepherd ... - Posted by: Betty Yascheshyn (Tyndall community ) on: Sep 10, 2013

  • So sorry to hear of Laura's passing. I have many fond memories of both her and Richard from hockey games and extended family gatherings. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you deal with your loss. - Posted by: Rhonda Weidman (Family Friend) on: Sep 10, 2013

  • our sincere sympathy to the Armstrong family. we met Dwayne through stock car racing and sometime later realized that we knew a lot of the same people and that his mom had been my teacher at Thalberg North school. How small this world really is. RIP Mrs. Armstrong. - Posted by: Audrey and James Gunning (former student and friend of Dwayne and Cindy) on: Sep 10, 2013

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