Theresa Yvonne Armstrong

November 12, 1933August 24, 2011

Arrangements under the direction of Parkland Funeral Services, Stony Plain, AB.


  • Memorial Service Friday, August 26, 2011

Theresa Yvonne Armstrong

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September 5, 2011

A Story about My Mom
I don’t know all the friends my mom had during her lifetime. I don’t know how she touched their lives, how she affected them, how she encouraged them. But I know she did. I know this from the stories I heard recently. I realize this is the woman she’s been her whole life.
Most of the stories are from the new friends she made since she moved to Stony Plain, Alberta. Women from her T.O.P.S group spoke to me about how she encouraged them when they needed it most. Neighbours and friends told me stories of how mom reached out to them when they lost their spouses. Mom became especially sensitive to their needs after dad died. She understood their pain, their tears and their loneliness. She stepped away from hers to offer her hand, her shoulder and her heart.
I particularly loved the story from her friend, Carol whose job is to recruit women from the Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary to prepare food and cater to functions. She told me how helpful mom always was and how much fun it was to work with her. It wasn’t always easy to find women willing to work and Carol told me that when she called them, many would ask “is Terry working it?” They only would volunteer if mom would also be there. They loved her work ethic, her quick tips and most of all her humour. Lately, mom was finding it more difficult to work all day and would decline the jobs. Carol would ask her to just come, sit down, not do any work but just be there so the others would come. Of course, mom would go but she never sat idle. She would work hard and laugh lots!
I never understood until I was in my 40’s about mom and her relationship with work. The housework, the laundry, the yard work, the sewing and the gardening. It just always seemed like too much. What I have learned is that Acts of Service was her love language! So anyone who has ever been offered her helping hand can now understand that they were loved by Theresa Armstrong.
There is a thread of great strength, confidence and humour that runs through our family that currently consists of 14 females and only 5 men and I know who wields the needle. Mom taught us to be strong, to speak our mind, to stand up for what we believe in. And she taught us to laugh! Although lately it has been through great gushes of tears we know it will get better. The pain and sadness won’t dwell in us forever but thankfully the memories and the laughter will.
With love, Sharon

Colette Girard

September 1, 2011

Nancy, Allan, Sharon, Sandi and family;
You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom and grandma. The pain lingers in my heart and I can just imagine the pain in yours. Theresa used to me how much she enjoyed being on the boat with Earl. So I just bet if there's a fishing boat in Heaven, that's where they are!
Love, Aunt Colette & Uncle Jim

August 31, 2011

Theresa Armstrong
November 12, 1933 – August 24, 2011

Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, sister and friend. Born in Ottawa in 1933, Theresa was the oldest of 10 children. She lived during the “great depression” and learned to get the most out of the basic things in life. Theresa was very hard working, and began working at the very young age of 13 as a switch board operator to help support her family. She continued working throughout much of her life until retirement. The main reason for her working throughout her adult life was to ensure that her family could live an enjoyable life and they did as they had a cottage, skidoos and boats that they enjoyed over many years. All of her children speak fondly of their childhoods and remember that growing up in the Armstrong family was fun. Some examples of Theresa’s work choices were selling Avon, working as a cashier at Loblaws and farming all while raising a family.
Theresa met Earl Armstrong, the love of her life when she was just 16 years old. They married when she was 18 and began a family one year later and had four children, Nancy, Allan, Sharon and Sandra. They lived in various communities just outside of Ottawa and were married for 55 years. Theresa was very proud of her 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Her strong values, work ethic and solid character has had a significant impact throughout her family and in some way her positive influence can be easily recognized in each family member. One example is the gift of hospitality. A person would easily feel welcome, comfortable, cared for and tended to in Theresa’s home and this has been passed along to her children.
Theresa was a woman before her time. She was a beautiful woman who cared how she looked. She liked to have her hair done regularly and wear make-up. She stood up for her family, for what she believed in and role modeled strength and courage to her family of many females while reminding them to act like ladies. She had passion in her work, was very wise, forgiving, loyal, made friends easily and has kept lifelong friends. Her love language was acts of service, and no matter where she lived she remained dedicated to serving others in both her family and throughout the broader community. Her children always observed her commitment to attending church regularly.
Theresa had a special way of putting others at ease and reaching out with a helping hand. She knitted many hats over the years to provide to the homeless. She was very thrifty, often having two of something and always ready to give one away to someone if it would be helpful to them. She was an avid recycler long before it was even considered the thing to do. A great seamstress, and her children and grandchildren knew that they could count on her for mending and for difficult stitching. She learned many crafts and liked to share her knowledge and creations with others.
Theresa just loved to laugh and find reasons for enjoying life. She enjoyed her retirement with Earl, travelling, fishing and making friends. She lived her life well, truly loved her children and especially her husband Earl. We are so thankful that she took the risk of leaving her lifelong home province of Ontario and moved to Stony Plain 9 years ago to be to be closer to her children and their families.
In typical Theresa fashion, she quickly became immersed in the Stony Plain community. She volunteered for the Stony Plain Legion ladies auxiliary, Parkland Turning Points Society and various neighborhood functions at Sunrise Village. She made many wonderful friends through these activities.
As we remember and reflect on Theresa’s life, our thoughts are of gratitude, fondness and love for her and all that she has meant to us.

Judy Boyd-Sherwood

August 30, 2011

Nancy,Sharon,Allan &Sandy
Sorry to here of the loss of your Mother.Always enjoyed her.Its been many years since I have seen her . I believe she must have been very happy with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Would love to see you sometime Nancy.

August 28, 2011

Nancy,Shaorn,allan & Sandy

Teresa and i have been friends since our school years.We played to geather also double dated and she was my Maid of Honor at my wedding. Lots of camping trips and also at the cottage.
I have a lot of good memories and so glad i got to see her last summer and also spoke to her on Tuesday before she went into hospital. She was missing Earl so much i know she is now happy again.I will keep her in my heart

Dan and Frances Botsford

August 27, 2011

Nancy,Allan,Sharon & Sandy
Our deepest sympathy. Terry & I spent a lot of years together, as the brothers were transfered with Hydro. We went from Vankleek Hill to Gloucester to Knemore then Metcalfe, we talked together, walked together and even swung bales of hay together. Then you left us and moved west to be close to your kids. You met more friends along the way and will be really missed by all.
This is not goodbye but till we meet again.
Kate & Jack, Kemptville, On

Catherine Armstrong

August 27, 2011

Sharon, Nancy,Allan Sandy & Familes
Our sympathies to all the family, Terry & I have been thru many years of good times, we walked together, talked together and even swung bales of hay together. we started out in Vankleek Hill to Gloucester Glen to Kenmore and Metcalfe, then they moved ot west to be with the children. There she met a lot more friends and made wonderful memories, she is gone to e with Earl but will e misse by so many.
It is not good bye Terry but till we meet again. Love Kate & Jack

Jessy Rogers

August 27, 2011

A tribute to Terry and her love for Jesus, from her friend Jessy Rogers.

"O Magnify the Lord with me ..." Psalm 34:3
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When I fail, He forgives. When I am weak, He is strong. When I'm lost, He's the way. When I'm afraid, He is my courage. When I stumble, He steadies me. When I'm broken, He mends me. When I face persecution, He shields me. When I face loss, He provides for me. When I face death, He carries me home. He said it, that settles it. He is on my side. God is in control -- it is well with my soul! Amen.

August 27, 2011

So shocked and saddened to read of Theresa passing.She was so kind to me when you all lived in the Hill.She had promised me she would come east this year.We had many a great time with her and Earl,she was missing him so much I guess he sent for her.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Des and Sheila Robinson, Vankleek Hill,Ont.

Anna, Leo Sarrazin

August 26, 2011

Our deepest Sympathy Nancey,Allen,Sharon and Sandra for your loss,it also hits Anna and I very hard, to hold the flood of tears back. Stay close to your children and hug them in memory of Earl & Theresa. Love Anna & Leo