October 14, 1932 – September 30, 2012
Catherine Taylor Fiser Armstrong, 79, passed away on September 30, 2012. Catherine was born on October 14, 1932 to Henry Bascum and Ola Catherine (Selby) Taylor in Justin, TX. A loving, generous and compassionate woman, Catherine’s love of laughter and life’s simple pleasures endeared her to all who were fortunate enough to enjoy her company. She was in the first graduating class of Northwest High School in 1950. Catherine’s sharp intellect and strong work ethic led to a long and successful career as an estimator for Bennett Printing Co. in Dallas. Catherine courageously endured many physical ailments for a number of years, inspiring all who knew her with a glowing positive demeanor in spite of those challenges. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; husband Rex Armstrong; brothers Kenneth, Homer, Charles and Douglas Taylor; and sister Betty Joe and her husband Lloyd Bartlett. Catherine is survived by her son Joe Fiser and wife Susan; granddaughter Kim and husband Jeff Smothers; brother James Taylor (Margie); sister Ola Mae (James Tabor); Armstrong stepchildren Rich “Gabby” (Dottie), Tom (Pearl), Mary Ann (Larry Singleton), Nancy French, Bill (Melody) and Hal (Lisa); Armstrong step-grandchildren Dori (Mario Calixto), Theresa (Morgan Davis), Richard, Melody (Josh Riney), Patrick, Christopher, Dominic, Linda, Hailey and Trent; Armstrong step-great-grandchildren Matthew Davis and Ashley Armstrong; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Friday, October 5, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Sparkman Crane Funeral Home, followed by a vigil Rosary service at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Michael Guadagnoli on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:30 am at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3030 Gus Thomasson Rd., Dallas 75228. Interment will be 2:30 pm at Calvary Hill Cemetery, 3235 Lombardy Lane, Dallas. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome and may be sent to St. Pius X Church for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, serving those in need in the community. Online condolences and remembrances can be made at www.sparkman-crane.com.
- Visitation Friday, October 5, 2012
- Rosary Friday, October 5, 2012
- Funeral Mass Saturday, October 6, 2012
- Committal Service Saturday, October 6, 2012
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December 5, 2012
Ms. Armstrong was a wonderful lady to know. I only knew her for short time, but it seemed as if I'd known her forever. I loved her and do really miss her. May God bless the family.
October 8, 2012
Although I didn't know Catherine well, I remember her as a cheerful and loving person who always remembered me, even if I hadn't seen her for years. I know she brought great happiness to all the Armstrong family, and she will be missed. She must be in heaven now with my mom and Mary and Rex playing Skip-Bo!
October 6, 2012
Catherine Lanell Taylor Fiser Armstrong was my second mother, one of my best friends and my hero. When I think of Catherine, some of the adjectives that come to mind are loving, fun, bright, generous, compassionate, forgiving, joyful, courageous, good natured, silly and faithful. Those of you who knew Catherine have seen for yourselves how she embodied these characteristics. I have received many blessings in my life, and the blessings of great friends and friendships are what have made my life so much fun and so meaningful. Catherine was one of those blessings, one of those great friendships that happened to be wrapped in a stepmother and stepson tag. My brothers and sisters and I came to know Catherine at first through those years when she worked alongside my dad at Bennett Printing Company, a friendship that spanned many years. However, our friendship became most rewarding in the years following my father's passing 9 years ago. My friends became Catherine's friends and they included her on many occasions in our social gatherings. I never felt like I was bringing my mother along to one of the gatherings with my friends. My friends made me feel like I was bringing along another of their friends when we got together, partied, laughed, told stories, traded barbs and celebrated life.
I loved to tease Catherine and say outrageous things to get a reaction and she loved to give it right back to me. Although I never felt this saying of hers to be remotely accurate, she used to love to tell me that I was “just talking to hear my own head rattle.” Of course I knew she had to have been teasing—right? Don't answer that. Another favorite saying of hers following one of my facetious diatribes was to tell my oldest son Christopher to go get her a “wet noodle so that I can beat your father.” Unfortunately, that saying caught on and Christopher learned to take the lead during one of my b.s. rants and would offer “Catherine, you want me to go get the wet noodle?”
I'm going to miss Catherine. I'll miss the love she offered to me and my loved ones and friends. I'll miss her infectious laugh. I'll miss the confidence she placed in me to manage her affairs. But I'm so much better off for having known her, having loved her and having her in my life and I know that all of us who knew and loved Catherine will be comforted by the memories we treasure and the knowledge that she is resting peacefully with our Lord in his heavenly home.
October 6, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the Armstrong family.God is for us a refuge and strength. Psalm 46:1
Mary, Wayne & Amanda Musgrave
October 5, 2012
THANK YOU, Bill & Melody for ALL you did for Catherine! We all appreciate you both taking such good care of her! She was really blessed to have you two in her life ! As you/we are blessed to have had her also! We love you guys!
October 5, 2012
Catherine is such an inspiration to me. No matter how she felt, she always smiled and had only positive words to say. She is a ray of sunshine. I smile when I think of her.
October 4, 2012
I love Catherine and I will miss her ! Catherine was always so sweet, loving and funny! I always enjoyed talking with her ( especially about our puppy dogs!) How wonderful for her to be well with our Lord!!!You are all in my thoughts and prayers! God bless you all !