Thelma Agatha Armstrong (1932 - 2017)

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Thelma Agatha Armstrong, 85, passed away on Nov. 18, 2017, at Alaska Regional Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born in Saint Lambert, Quebec, Canada, in 1932, to Agatha and Percy Andrew Mahar.
Thelma graduated from McGill University in 1955 with a combined degree in Physical and Occupational Therapy (PTOT). After graduation, she moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and worked at the Colonel Belcher Hospital. While in Western Canada, she developed a keen interest in mountaineering under the tutelage of Hans Moser, the founder of CMH (Canadian Mountain Holidays) and honed her skills to summit the seven major Cascade peaks.
She moved to Seattle, Wash., and married John Vern Lowman, the father of her two sons, Glenn and Eric. Subsequently, in 1972, Thelma and her sons moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where she married Dr. Michael B. Armstrong.
Thelma was a superb athlete who would achieve success in many disciplines including Alpine ski racing, tennis and road cycling. She was once quoted in a newspaper "downhill skiing is my first love and lifetime obsession." In 1968, Thelma was the first NASTAR National woman's alpine ski racing champion. In addition, she captured 19 National Masters trophies and medals. She was a competitive sports woman with a compelling sense of fair play.
Thelma was an accomplished piano hobbyist with a passion for classical music; a voracious reader of history; and a lover of nature and the outdoors. Throughout her life, she was an advocate for individuals with physical and mental challenges. She enjoyed gardening, family dinners (especially those she did not have to cook!), trips to the Oregon coast and unoaked Chardonnay.
She is survived by Glenn Lowman and his wife Natalie of Anchorage; Eric Lowman of Girdwood, Alaska; nephew, Andrew Mahar of Yellowknife Northwest Territories, Canada; Keith Mahar of Canberra, Australia; sister-in-law, Barbara Moogk of Renfrew, Ontario; and husband, Dr. Michael B. Armstrong.
Thelma's celebration of life will be held in Anchorage on Saturday, April 14, 2018, on what would have been her 86th birthday. Location to be announced at a later date. Condolences to the family may be sent to Glenn Lowman, P.O. Box 1260, Girdwood, AK 99587; or Michael Armstrong M.D., 3424 Wingate Circle, Anchorage, AK 99508.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 6, 2017