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ARMSTRONG, Christina Rita (nee Crimmon)

ARMSTRONG, Christina Rita (nee Crimmon)
June 12, 1920– Didsbury, AB
January 25, 2015 – Calgary, AB

Rita Armstrong was a talented artist, drawing and painting throughout her life. During WWII she and her sister Gerry moved to Thunder Bay to work in an aircraft manufacturing factory. Later Rita trained as a hairdresser and owned three successful shops in Calgary, Cloverdale and Eckville. While she was in Cloverdale, she met and married Merv Taylor but was widowed soon after. In 1970, she met and married Lloyd Armstrong and retired from hairdressing. They made their home in Calgary and she remained here, near her sisters, after she was widowed again. Rita is fondly remembered as a devoted sister and a wonderful Aunt who will be missed.

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In living memory of Rita Armstrong, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Gerri "Crimmon" Logan :

    I could write a book about the times that I spent with Aunty Rita when she lived in Cloverdale when I was young. I stayed with her for sleepovers at several of her homes. I loved those visits and remember how much fun we had. And I loved her voice, there was just something about it. Rest in Peace, Aunty. Maybe we only spent a few years together, but I have never forgotten how kind and wonderful you were to me.

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  2. We send our love. Brenda, Brian, Wayne and Bruce. We did not get a lot of time with her, but we remember how special those times were.

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  3. Aunt Rita and Uncle Lloyd were quietly kind and generous and made a big impact on my life. I still have furniture Lloyd made by hand and special items Rita gave me. Their gift of bleeding hearts and irises was the foundation of my beloved garden. I credit them with my life-long interest in décor and renovations – they not only generously let me stay with them for a few months they also let my 17 year old self do anything I wanted to their basement. I’d never had that much space of my own and I reorganized and redecorated and re-purposed with great excitement. If they didn’t love the Van Halen and Sammy Hagar posters on the wall they were too nice to say anything.

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  4. Brian & Gayla Crimmon &Brandy & Tyson and family :

    We remember Auntie Rita with fond memories . Brian always looked forward to her visits. Brandy and Tyson remember that she was so tall and had such a great gift of humour. The last time we saw her was her brother Norm’s 80th birthday, who is in fact Brian’s dad. She so enjoyed seeing pictures of Brandy’s wedding day. What a great lady rest in peace Auntie Rita.

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