Virginia Grace Armstrong, a most gracious and elegant lady, departed this life to make a new home with The Lord and her loved ones on Saturday, August 17, 2013. The luck of the Irish was certainly with her, as she lived to be ninety one years of age.
Ginny, as she was affectionately known, was born in 1922. She attended Wilmington public schools, Ursuline Academy and Mary Washington College. Her childhood years were abundant with joy, as she was surrounded by a loving and respected family. Virginia was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother, and her family and great wealth of friends were paramount to her and defined her life. She met and fell in love with Fred Francis Armstrong, and they were married on Christmas Day, 1943. A fun-loving homemaker, she loved to entertain and the door was always open at the homes in which she lived. She was enthusiastically involved in the lives of her myriad friends and in the lives of her children. Virginia was a devout Catholic and a parishioner at Saint Joseph's on the Brandywine. She was the past president of the Saint Edmond's Academy Mothers' Guild. She was also the campaign treasurer for the County Executive, her dear friend Mary Jornlin. She enjoyed working at Entre Nous, a little boutique in Greenville. She appreciated fashion and the arts. She had a prodigious talent for painting, especially on ceramics. Virginia, along with her husband Fred and their friends, traveled extensively, but it was her last trip that was most precious to her.
Several years ago, a discovery was made. In the depths of The Gulf of Thailand, the U.S.S. Lagarto was finally found. Virginia's baby brother, Dickie, had gone missing in World War II, and he was a crew member of this submarine. The discovery made the national news, and Virginia was fortunate enough to witness this blessed discovery and to partake in the memorial ceremony held in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was graced with the sense of closure she had been searching for since May 3, 1945.
Virginia had a delicate and graceful demeanor. Through the premature loss of her little brother and the deaths of her parents, tragedy had marked her heavily, tested her courage and tempered her character. Virginia's character was governed by high ideals and by her Faith. She was a selfless and generous woman, always putting the needs and feelings of others before her own. She was an affectionate lady, and it was an honor to be called her friend. She was an absolute delight to be near.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Francis Armstrong, her brother, Richard Fox Grace, and her beloved parents, Clarence Grace and Pauline Fox Grace, and her canine companions, Binky, Bill, Eunis and Bozo.
She is survived by her two sons Dickie Armstrong (Amy Armstrong) and Freddy Armstrong, and her only grandson Kyle Armstrong who she adored. She is also survived by her two oldest, dearest girlfriends, Jane Asbill Graham and Louzetta Lower, her brother-in-law, John Armstrong, and her two sisters-in-law, Ann Armstrong and Peggy Armstrong.
A Mass of Christian burial will be Celebrated at Saint Joseph's on the Brandywine, 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, on Monday, August 26, at 10:30 am, followed by interment at Cathedral Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the church beginning at 9:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Archmere Academy, PO BOX 130, Claymont, DE, 19703, Saint Edmond's Academy, 2120 Veale Rd., Wilmington, DE 19810 or the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, 75 Maritime Dr., Manitowoc, WI, 54220.
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