It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Mother Wilma Margaret Helen Armstrong; nee Carroll, age 84. Peacefully in her sleep, on Saturday June 1 2019 to join her loving husband Bob who predeceased her in 2015.
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Wilma was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario on January 20th, 1935 to Leonard and May Carroll. After her marriage to Bob, they moved to Fort William, Ontario where she started her family. Wilma had a zest for life and quick wit that was contagious to those around her . She was happiest at camp in Graham picking blueberries , baking blueberry pies, writing and most importantly being with her family.
She will be missed by her children Laureen (Andy ) Cordeiro , Diane Tetley and Rob (Lori) Armstrong. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren Andrew (Lesley) Cordeiro and their children Rory and Drew, Jillian (Christopher) Courtis and their children Zachary, Griffin and Heidi, Michael (Amy) Cordeiro, Mallory, Erin and Dayna Tetley and Kirsten Armstrong. She will also be missed by her siblings Donna Tilberg and Bobby Carroll and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wilma was predeceased by her brothers Len and Phillip Carroll and her sisters Florence Adams, Mary Davies and Laura Switzer and sister-in-law Doreen Kaus.
A celebration of Wilma’s life will be held on Thursday June 6th, 2019 at 11:30 am at Our Lady of the Way Church in Pinewood, Ont. Interment will take place in Blue Cemetery.
If desired donations may be made in memory of Wilma to Rainy River Hospital, Ladies Auxiliary, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, Ontario, POW IEO.
Eulogy for Wilma Armstrong: By Rob Armstrong.
To Mom / Nanny,Hello everyone... I am Robbie, Wilma’s son.I promised mom about 4 years ago after my dad's passing I would do my best to speak on her behalf. So here I am. On behalf of my sister’s Laureen, Diane and our families I would like to thank everyone who has traveled here today from near and far to share in mom’scelebration of life with our family.I know mom would be so happy with all whohave come today .But if you knew mom she would most likelybe wondering if she had a better turn out thendad did!
As I look out at this group I am sure many of you could share a good story or two or a funny memory of Mom. I look forward to hearing some of themover time!Here we go!Now this is my stage, so mom, keep to the side and try not to butt in! But, if you behave I will let you and the girls do one of your crazy flower and hat dances later on.
Mom, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a nanny, a great nanny!!! Like dad....Mom was also a great leaf’s fan. But most of all,she was a kind friend to many.Some say we are a lot alike in many ways. Iwas her only son, THE BABY of the family. I Shared her good looks and big striking blue eyes. And believe it or not her curly hair.
Also I will admit now, a TAD spoiled!There I said IT!!!!!! One thing for sure, if possible, she would beup here doing this herself! “WHY you mayask??? Because she used to goof off with me practicing her own mock eulogy for when this day would come! And, she liked to tell a good story. Mom enjoyed the simple things in life....nature, sunsets, blueberry picking, camping,cooking ,reading, late night comedy and as we all know talking on the phone was a Highlight. Mom was always worrying and fussingabout everyone around her. It was just her way.She was the type who would give out her last dime.
Mom was kind, caring and thoughtful....Never envious or boastful.She excelled in humor, often in a funny act with silly Antics but most of all, she was proud of her Irish heritage.More so since she received her results from ancestery.com with her DNA showing a WHOMPING 86%!!! Talk! Oh yeah.... Yeah she could! OHYA !!!!She was known to gab and give detailed stories and sometimes taking time to get to the point! BUTthat was Nothing. You should of seen her GOODBYES!
Let’s just say.. on the phone or in person you would be best off to cancel any of your Appointments.I think, deep down she just enjoyed company and good conversation. She always had the nack of allowing you to see the whole picture.Mom was a hard worker, always finding thetime to cook a meal or help someone with a task.She loved being at the family camp at Graham Lake, surrounding herself with family and friends. It was the heart and sole of who she was.She could be found sitting around thecampfire telling stories OR eavesdropping on others from the bathroom window.
She was a pro at blueberry picking and could often be found plumped on a stump picking or having a pee.Mom also enjoyed a good swim or floating session down at the lake or doing her laundry on the rock. Many night’s she would sit under her coil lamp writing in her journal about daily events, Whether a poem, prayer or a thought that touched her sole.Mom had a very successful career as a mother, homemaker and as a waitress. A long the way, mom always had a way of making friends where ever she went.BRAGGING RIGHTS***
One of her most exciting and memorable moments in her earlier years was when she was chosen to be the waitress to serve the Queen on her visit to Canada in 1967 at the Royal Edward Hotel in Fort William.Mom spent her last 2 years in the Rainy River Long Term Care facility, room 108,where,! just Like dad would always keep the staff on their toes.Either ringing her bell, setting off alarms or breaking toilets and flooding her room. Hey!She got their attention and managed to make a few people laugh. Thanks girls! She loved and admired you all.Mom was definitely not shy of showing here motions. She loved and adored us kids and
grandchildren to the moon and back AND some.She was truly proud of us all.This past Friday, prior to leaving to Thunder Bay, my family and I visited with mom where oddly enough she repeatedly assured us that she loved us ALL and was in good spirit. And said her usual 5 or 6 goodbyes.The next day we were told that mom had peacefully passed in her sleep.Even though mom was scared and lonely at times and missing dad, she always had a way of showing her love and strength towards her family.On that note, on behalf of all of your family and friends and of course our pets.
NANNY/MOM Rest in peace, God bless and know, you will live on forever in our hearts and memories. WE LOVE YOU, WE MISS YOU, ROBBIE.