Margaret Marie Armstrong, 82, passed away October 20, 2008, at University Park Care Center. Survived by her daughter, Carol (Jim) Ritchey of Pueblo; sons, Ray (Betty) Armstrong of Colorado Springs, James (Beth) Armstrong of Greeley; brother, Fred (Ora) Johnson; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous other family members. Preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Marie Johnson; husband, Harold D. Armstrong and her daughter, Kathy L. Ward. Margaret was born November 5, 1925, in Pueblo. She spent most of her life here in Pueblo, graduating from Centennial High School. She moved to Leadville, Colo. for several years. Margaret worked at the telephone company, Pueblo Bottling Company, Columbia Savings, and retired from Salida Building and Loan. She was an avid crafter and loved the outdoors. Special thanks to Belmont Senior Care and University Park Care Center for all the loving care the staff gave Margaret and her family. At her request, there will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Graveside service, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences may be made at www.montgomerysteward.com.

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  1. Sorry to hear of your loss. I know that this time is difficult for you. However, I also know that your Grandma passed on her strength and courage to a generation of wonderful people. You are a great person Ruth. Sorry again.

  2. We are so sorry to hear of your loss…We know how difficult it can be. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. I work with Margaret Armstrong’s granddaughter Ruth Garcia. I’ve never met her grandmother, but Ruth was deeply sorrowed by her loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

  4. Grandma,

    You’re home, at long last you have all your memories. I miss you already, your cheese sandwiches, the cookies that always melted in your mouth, your vision to make this world a prettier place with all your crafts. All the ornaments for our Christmas tree and all the other decorations will be cherished forever. My boys asked for their blankets from you and are sleeping with them every night, I put one on my bed too. Give Grandpa a kiss on the cheek for me and Aunt Kathy a big hug.

    All my love,
    XOXOXOXOXO
    Ruthie

  5. Big Grandma you will be missed so much! You have always demostrated the value of family and that I will carry on. My Big Grandma always made the best goodies (cookies, peanut brittle, and peanut butter balls) but more importantly you were always there to listen no matter how significant our story was. From your smile and endless love to your crafts and metal cups, it will all be missed. Our memories together I will always cherish and now you too can cherish them once again. I love you Grandma!!

    Love you biggest,

    PS Please give Grandpa a big hug and kiss for me!!!

  6. Dear Sister,

    I truly mourn the loss of you, who contributed so much to our family. But I also celebrate your life, and fill my memory bank with all of the good times we shared. All the fishing escapades, camp-outs, playing cards, and laughing till we cried “especially you.” I also knew the welcome mat was out when visiting you and Dean in your home. I recall the first gooseberry pie I ever ate that you had made, after we had picked gooseberries at the cabin, high in the mountains at Beaver Lakes. I recall the choke-cherry jelly you always made and shared with us. Like so many, my house has many special decoration that you made for me. You were always ready to pitch in and help with anything. I recall the time that you traveled all night by bus to be with us for a special occasion. So many, many memories. The debilitating disease that stole your memories is gone from you now, and I know you have been reborn to assume a special role in heaven. God bless you, and always know that you are loved by so many.

    With love,
    Peggy Ann

  7. My Aunt Peggy,

    Because of my Aunt Peggy, I had the most beautiful Christmas tree. She was the best Armstrong in the family, she always remembered everyones birthday’s and other special occasions. Whenever anyone was going to have a baby; we always told them, you’ll get something wonderful from Aunt Peggy. She taught me the importance of loyalty to family, and was always so sincerely glad to see you when you came to visit. I’ll miss you always Aunt Peggy, but finally you and Uncle Dean can dance together once more.

    With love,
    Cindy Krenning

  8. My mom, my friend. I will miss you so much. We have spent many a day together (crafting, baking, talking, etc). You taught me to be just like you in many ways.
    You were always the hostess, no matter where you were. You were the first to help out with your most generous heart and hands.

    It seems like the last few years have just flewn by since Dad left us. My daily visits to you will now be filled with daily thoughts of what a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend you were. As you slipped away from us a thought at a time, I tried to ready myself for the inevitable but we are never ready. I give you back your role as “Mom” as you had been calling me. You are free to spend eternity without any illness or restraints. I know how much it hurt you when you lost your home. Now you have a beautiful home in heaven and we will see you again.

    Thank you for everything you taught us and gave us. You were the greatest.

    Ray and James: You have been the support that has kept me going thru this difficult time. Your love and understanding have made me strong. We will continue to be a family because Mom and Dad taught us well.

    I love you Mom, God Bless

  9. My Aunt Peggy you will be missed so much, I will always remember your good cooking and sweetness when I went to visit you and my Uncle Dean. My thoughts and prayers are with the family on this sad day. “Aunt Peggy, you go be with Uncle Dean, Uncle Delbert and the rest of the Armstrong family”, see you all some day..I love you Marcia

  10. Aunt Peggy,
    I just want to say how much you will be missed by everyone in our family. I am sorry I cant be there for the service but you will be in my thoughts every chance I get.

  11. To all the family, our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother and grandmother. We know she meant so much to you all. In love… Joy and Heather

  12. I will miss my Mother dearly. She was the most generous person I ever knew. She always put everyone else first especially us kids and Dad. I remember how she loved her crocheting and made an afgan for every grandkid and all us kids too. Every Christmas she would have a whole mess of new Christmas ornaments for everyone to pick from that she had made. She loved the outdoors alot to. I remember what a trooper she was, just a few years back she went to Taylor Park with all of us on a fishing trip. It was so cold all weekend, but she never gave in, she had all the clothes Ray and I could find to put on her to stay warm and she out fished us all. She got the biggest kick out of that, it was a blast.Now she can try to out fish Dad again, Good luck Mom! Take care of each other up there and give Dad & Kathy a hug for us. I’ll miss you, but I know you all will be watching over us. Love your Son

  13. Aunt Peggy, how you will be missed by Carol Sue, Ray, James, all your wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren! But, oh how you’ll be missed by many, many more of us. I am one of many of your nieces by marriage. The first word I think of when I think of you is “family.” Family was everything to you, and you remembered all of our birthdays and special occasions. You crocheted the most beautiful baby blankets, sweaters, booties for all of our babies. You even came on a bus alone from Colorado to attend my daughter, Heather’s wedding reception. And, after your long trip, you immediately went to work, helping set up for her reception. At everyone’s homes you visited, you were busy in the kitchen, helping cook and clean up. You loved and welcomed each and every one of us and remembered and recorded family history better than any of the rest of us. I have many crocheted Christmas tree ornaments and decorations that adorn my tree and house every year at Christmastime — “my Aunt Peggy” decorations. I have handed down some of those to my children, also. I loved and always will love you very much! Carol Sue, Ray, and James, my heart goes out to you! I love all of you as much as I did my Aunt Peggy and Uncle Dean.I have so many wonderful childhood memories of our camping trips together in Colorado and of visiting your homes and of you visiting ours. I am so blessed to have had Aunt Peggy and all of you in my life. God bless all!

  14. My Mom

    My mom was always a family mom. From the first time I can remember it was always family first. She always made sure that each son and daughter had a hand crafted afghan with the colors we had picked out. As we got older and had kids of our own, all the Grand kids also had to have one. It started out with a baby blanket again hand made by mom and then when they grew older it was the color of their choice. After making sure all were taken Care of with afghans, she got into the plastic canvas where she made sure all were supplied with different decorative pieces for each Holiday season and the most important Christmas, I think I could supply plastic canvas ornaments for everyone’s tree thanks to mom.
    I could speak for hours on all of the special moments I remember but the main memories always come back to family. From the many fishing, hunting and camping trips we made to the just hang out times at the house it was always related to family and friends.
    My Mom was not a selfish person and kept on trying to give to the family until a terrible, cruel and confusing disease of dementia took her life over. She slowly stopped all of her crafts and slowly started to forget who we all were at times but I never forgot,’� She is my Mom, and I love her’�

  15. Dear Carol, May God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow. I was so sad to hear of your mom’s passing. It was a pleasure meeting you, and I wanted to express my condolences to you and your family.

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