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Shirley Livesay Armstrong

December 27, 1930January 12, 2020

Shirley Livesay Armstrong, devoted wife, loving mother, and adoring grandmother, passed away in the early morning of Sunday, January 12, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Phillip J. Armstrong, and is survived by her seven children (and their spouses); Mark Armstrong (Lianne), Barbara Beierlein (Harry), Teresa Touchette (Brant), Paul Armstrong (Suzanne), Peter Armstrong (Elka), Patty Trexler (Jon), Michael Armstrong (Julie), and 21 beloved grandchildren.

Shirley was born December 27, 1930 and grew up in Emporia in southern Virginia with her sister Francis, her mother Hilda Kreienbaum Livesay, and her father Clarence Livesay. After earning her degree in Library Science from Longwood College she met and married the love of her life. They settled outside of Washington D.C. in the growing suburbs of Northern Virginia where she raised her seven children and applied her skills as a librarian. She was one of the original “Soccer Moms” and an energetic member of her community and local parish Holy Spirit. After retirement, she and Phil relocated to Fuquay Varina, North Carolina where she excelled in the role of “Nana” to her many grandchildren.

Shirley was devoted to her faith and the Catholic Church, to her life long love of books (especially mysteries), her pets, her family, and her many friends throughout the years. She will be dearly remembered by all who knew her. A memorial mass will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 11:30 am at Saint Bernadette Catholic Church in Fuquay Varina. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in gratitude to Transitions Life Care, Raleigh.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 21, 2020


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Marshall Young

January 21, 2020

So sorry I couldn’t be there to hug each of you today. Shirl was an amazing women. I hold all of you in my thoughts. With love

Lydia Hoffman

January 18, 2020

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43), Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day's most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
. . . I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life . . .
I know each of Shirl's children, daughters and sons-in-law, and grandchildren, and everyone she touched as she walked through her life can feel the words of Sonnet 43 when they think of Shirl. She was the most wonderful, kind, perfect person I have ever know and her death pains me deeply. I loved her too. I am the "other" grandma to two of her grandchildren and I was always so grateful they had Shirl in their lives. Her goodness brought out the best in all of us, particularly the young ones. God bless her soul, and God bless all those she held so dear in her heart.
With love, Lydia Hoffman

Marguerite Downey

January 15, 2020

Shirley was the kindest soul. I spent too much time in their home as a child. Shirley and Phil were always patient with me, providing a much needed safe haven. I will always be grateful. I cherish the University of Virginia needlepoint she gave me when I graduated.

Jennifer Shepp

January 14, 2020

Even though we were only able to share a few times with your Mom ......her genuine kindness was something we always remembered...... always will.

Shirley was special to many.

Our heartfelt condolences to each of you.

Love, Jen and Gary

Barbara and Bob Young

January 13, 2020

We have fond memories of Ravensworth . Watching all of our kids growing up, marrying and now families of your own. Bob and I moved away 25 years ago, but kept in touch through Marty.

A beautiful picture of your Mom. Our deepest sympathy to each of you.

Love, Barbara and Bob