Cecile Armor, 82, beloved wife of David, died suddenly yet peacefully early Saturday morning from a brain hemorrhage. She was born in Vienna, Austria and immigrated with her parents to the United States when she was an infant. She grew up in Paramus, N.J. and attended Hackensack High School and Drury College in Missouri. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics with a minor in Philosophy from New York University where she was ranked six out of 636 in her graduating class. In the 1950's she was selected to be part of a new training program that prepared her to be a scientific programmer for Bell Laboratories in New Jersey and General Electric in Syracuse, N.Y. She took a 14-year hiatus from her career to raise two children, and then worked at General Telephone as a systems analyst from 1976 - 1987. She took an early retirement to dedicate herself to art and community service. She served on the Board of Stairways Behavioral Health for the past 26 years. She was a part of Erie's visual arts scene and active in the Lake Erie Fiber Arts Guild and Thunder and Enlightenment art group and her works have been shown at the Erie Summer Festival of the Arts Panorama exhibits, local galleries, and the Erie Art Museum. She was intensely interested in the connection between wellness, creativity, and spirituality and was a dedicated oblate with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie. She was predeceased by her son, Gary and is survived by her husband, David, her daughter, Kelly, both of Erie, her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Vallie Barth of Fredicksburg, Md., and their children and grandchildren. The many who knew and loved Cecile will remember her as a woman of great poise, beauty, wisdom, and creativity. Friends are invited to call at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, Pine Avenue Branch, 845 East 38th Street on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Further visitation will be held at Mt. Saint Benedict Monastery, 6101 East Lake Road on Friday from 2 until the time of a service at 3 p.m. A reception will follow at 4:30 pm at the Erie Art Museum. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Erie Art Museum, 411 State Street, Erie, PA 16501, Mount Saint Benedict Monastery, 6101 East Lake Road, Erie, PA 16511 or Stairways Behavioral Health, 2185 West 8th Street, Erie, PA, 16505.
Published in the Erie Times-News on November 13, 2012