Mary Rita Armstrong
1923 - 2021
Mary Rita Armstrong
Service Information
Service Date
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Service Time
Service Location
St Dunstan's catholic Church - Father Peter Osborne
Burial Information
Burial Location
Later date in the Hermitage Cemetery
Requested Charity
Canadian Cancer Society, Daily TV Mass or a charity of the donor's choice
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Our family are very sad to announce that in her 99th year, our dear Mother Mary Rita (Fougere) Armstrong, passed away on December 31, 2021, at her home in Fredericton NB, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Larry’s River NS, to her parents, the late Margaret (Doiron) and Charles Fougere and was the second oldest of nine children.

At three months old Mary’s family moved to New Glasgow, NS, where Mary grew up and eventually worked at Scottish Woolen Mills making Army Blankets and Woolworth.  Following the war, the family moved to Truro, NS, where she also worked at Woolworth ending up as the office manager, then Mary met and married her late Husband, Basil Armstrong, whose army career took them to several postings in different areas including Halifax, Iserlohn Germany, Petawawa ON, Gagetown NB, Valcartier QC, and St.  Margaret’s NB.  In 1974 the family moved to Fredericton NB. With several moves and a young family, Mary excelled at being a stay-at-home mom where she nurtured and molded her children into what they are today. Mary was a long-time member of St. Dunstan’s CWL serving many years as a telephone convener.

Mary leaves behind her three children, Charles (Elise) Armstrong of Embrun ON, Clarence Armstrong of Fredericton NB and Catherine Armstrong of Fredericton NB; three grandchildren, Camille (Nick) Armstrong of Ottawa, Jean-Luc Armstrong of CFB Kingston and Mathieu Armstrong of Ottawa; two sisters Helen Wheadon of Dartmouth and Joan Whalley of Maple Ridge BC; two sisters-in-laws, Olla Fougere and Della Fougere both of Truro; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

In addition to Mary’s parents and her husband, she was predeceased by six brothers, Leo (Infant), Linus (Infant), John (Infant), Charles, Raymond, and Clement; two brothers-in-laws, Clifford Wheadon and Edward Whalley and a sister-in-law Agnes Mulroney.

Our heartfelt thanks to Bayshore Home Care PSW’s (too numerous to mention), Extra Mural Nurses (too numerous to mention), past and present management and staff at Kents Building Supplies, Bishops Drive, and the past and present staff at the Regent Street Medical Clinic Shoppers Drug Mart. Without everyone’s support we would not have been able to keep our mom at home.

Bishops Funeral Home and Crematorium have been entrusted with the arrangements. A Funeral Mass with Father Peter Osbourn will be held at St. Dunstan’s Catholic Church on Thursday, January 6th, 2022, at 2pm.  The Mass will be live streamed.  The link for the live stream can be accessed through Mary’s online obituary on the day of the service.  The interment will be held in the spring at the Hermitage Cemetery. Those attending should keep in mind that current covid restrictions and protocols will be followed. Proof of double covid 19 vaccinations and government issued ID will be required. Please bring and wear a mask.

Online condolences and sharing of memories may be made at . Memorial donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, the Daily TV Mass, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Mary Rita Armstrong