ARMSTRONG, Barbara Jones
Barbara Jones Armstrong, 85, of Guilford, died Sunday, (September 1, 2013) at home. Barbara was born on May 8, 1928 in Peru, IN to John and Flossie (Vandivier) Jones. She was beloved by her sister, Beverly Stuart of Bluffton, SC; and sister-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Lyons of Northport, MI. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Robert M. Armstrong. She was greatly loved by her children, Kimberly Armstrong Silcox and husband, Dane, of West Hartford, Robert A. Armstrong, II and wife Katherine, of Wilton, and Kathryn Armstrong and husband Jake Koski, of New Haven. Her grandchildren brought her immense joy and she took great pleasure in watching them grow up, Lindsay Silcox, Rob Silcox, Matthew Silcox, Megan Armstrong, Caroline Armstrong, and Lia Armstrong Koski. Barbara graduated from Western Michigan University and was an Occupational Therapist who enjoyed helping patients solve challenges of daily living. She went back to working in OT after her children were grown and particularly enjoyed working in home health through the Guilford VNA. After moving to Connecticut from Ann Arbor, MI in 1959, Barbara and Bob built their home in Wingate, Guilford and the family spent many happy years there. Barbara's friends were very important to her, in particular Joan and Wayne Downey and Ann and George Aghajanian who were great supports and treasured friends throughout her life. Barbara looked forward to spending time with her good friends in her bridge groups every week. Barbara loved her home, her birds and her garden and the family is grateful to all who helped her remain independent, including Denis Miller, M.D., Kevin Twohig, M.D., Jane Castelot, Pat Dugan and Jerry Saville.
A celebration of Barbara's life will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St, Guilford, CT. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions in Barbara's memory may be made to the Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St, Box 589, Guilford, CT 06437 or the
, Meriden Executive Park, 538 Preston Ave, Meriden, CT 06450, www.cancer.org For more information or to send an online condolence for the family please visit www.GuilfordFuneralHome.com.