Armstrong, Shirley TenEyck FORT EDWARD Shirley TenEyck Armstrong passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013. Born June 7, 1922 in Fort Edward. Daughter of William Leonard TenEyck of Albany, and Gladys (Wing) Ten Eyck. As an infant Shirley lived with her parents in Boston, Massachusetts. Later she and her mother resided in the Wing home in Fort Edward with her grandparents, Asahel R. and Flora Belle Wing and aunts, Katharine and Dorothy. The family spent summers at their property on Kattskill Bay, where Shirley developed a love for Lake George, which continued throughout her life. She graduated from Fort Edward High School in 1939. She studied journalism at Syracuse University and began a 50-year newspaper career as a reporter, first for the Schenectady Gazette, then as associate editor of the Mohawk Tribune in Scotia. For a few years she was employed by General Electric Co., where she served as editor of the company newspaper. In April, 1955, Shirley joined the editorial staff of the Albany Times Union. She won numerous Hearst awards for feature writing and also did general reporting. Among her favorite stories were Diane Struble's swim of the length of Lake George in 1958, and the search in the Catskills for an elephant which escaped from a training camp and remained at large for weeks until it was caught. Always fascinated by elephants, she rode one in a circus parade in downtown Albany. Eventually, Shirley covered Albany Police Court and Federal Court in Albany with a beat that expanded to include the many courts of state and local level based in Albany. Many judges and lawyers considered her unusually knowledgeable of the law and legal proceedings. In 1985 she received a media award from the New York State Bar Association for a series on the grand jury system. On May 14, 1997, as a "journalist of distinction," Shirley was inducted into the Women's Press Club of New York State's Hall of Honor. In 1987 she retired from the Times Union and moved from her Town of Colonie home to her beloved Lake George, where she winterized a camp which had been in her family for several generations. She lived there among friends, family and beloved animals until moving to the Fort Hudson Nursing Center in Ft. Edward, where she died. Shirley is survived by her cousin, Kit Cornell of Exeter, N.H.; and by cousins, Robert Bailey of New Milford Conn., Pat and Nick Bailey of St. Thomas USVI, B.J. Glanville of Kittery, Maine and Darcy Kulesha of Greendale, Wis. The Mason Funeral Home in Ft. Ann is arranging cremation. Family and friends will be notified of a gathering in celebration of Shirley's life to be held at a later date. Donations may be made in her name to the SPCA of Upper Queensbury, 588 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury NY 12844, or to the Fort Hudson Foundation, 319 Broadway, Fort Edward NY, 12828.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 4, 2013