Mary Armour

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Mary Armour

Mary Louise Armour passed gently from this life in Mercy Hospital on Friday, February 22, 2013, following an extended illness.

She was born on August 27, 1920 in Springfield, Missouri, the only daughter of Ross and Minnie (Willis) Lee. A lifelong resident of Springfield, Mary attended public schools, Boyd, Pipkin and Senior High (now Central), graduating in the class of 1938. After graduation, she attended State Teacher's College (now MSU) where she was a member of the Merry-Go-Round Club (now Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority).

She married her high school sweetheart, Dwight D. Tharp in August of 1942. Two years later, she was a war widow after his death in an airplane crash on a mission in North Africa during World War II.

On November 9, 1949, she married Jack Bruce Armour, and in April of 1951, her only child was born. Mary and Jack shared fifty happy, loving, and eventful years together, as well as a special closeness with their daughter, Maria.

During the 1940's she worked for the Springfield News and Leader as a switchboard operator. Mary was an accomplished dancer, who always enjoyed socializing with friends. She modeled for Heer's Department Store and Netter's as a young woman, was a lifelong member of St. John's Episcopal Church, and always a gracious and dedicated homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, Ross Lee, Jr., both of her husbands, and her beloved son-in-law, Charles Kent LeDuc.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Maria Denise LeDuc of Springfield.

Mary's high school resume describes her well… "She's full of charm, and grace, and fun, a friend to all is this sweet one." And she was.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 27, 2013 in St. John's Episcopal Church with Father Ross Stuckey officiating, under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. A reception will follow in the church parish hall. Interment will be in Hazelwood Cemetery. No formal visitation is planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Southwest Missouri Humane Society, 3161 West Norton Road, Springfield, MO 65803.

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Springfield, MO 65804
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Published in the News-Leader on Feb. 24, 2013
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