Virginia Ewell Armstrong, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 22, 2018 at Hanover Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hanover, NH. Born on May 20, 1933 to Harold Ewell and Harriet Potter Ewell, “Ginny” grew up in Dedham where she lived until she married her husband, Robert “Bob” Turner Armstrong, Jr., and moved to Needham. After Bob’s passing, she moved to New Hampshire to be closer to her daughter, Kim, and family, in Vermont.
Ginny was most at peace with her toes in the sand and her family by her side. Growing up she would join friends and cousins at Ferry Beach in Maine during the summer. Her family also vacationed in Barnstable and she continued this tradition with Bob and her daughter, Kim, throughout her life. Sunny afternoons on the Sandy Neck Beach sandbar, cruising around and fishing in the GINBOTWO, and fried clams at Baxter’s Boathouse in Hyannis, and lots and lots of laughs.
Ginny always loved to fool around and joke with her friends. Her laugh was infectious. She served on many committees at Christ Episcopal Church in Needham and was an active member of the couple’s club with many of her friends. She had a love of painting and crafts but would always say that her paintings were just her “copying another picture.” She was a Girl Scout Troop Leader, a “Martian” on Halloween with her daughter, and was always baking for a bake sale, or cheering at a soccer or softball game.
Throughout her life she worked as an administrative assistant, as a day care teacher at the VNA in Dedham, and in her retirement, as the sexton, with Bob, at Christ Church. Her most important and best remembered job, however, was being a mom, grammy and wife.
Ginny was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, her parents, her older brother, Walter Ewell and his wife Edith, and her brother-in-law, Rodney Sirois. She is survived by her daughter, Kim Armstrong Jackson, her son-in-law, Steven Bryan Jackson, and her granddaughter Kelly Margaret Jackson; her sister-in-law, Linda Armstrong Sirois, niece Sarah Sirois MacConduibh and her husband Jim MacConduibh, niece Christine Ewell Bonasera and her husband, John Bonasera, and her nephew Richard Ewell; and many extended family members who loved her. A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Ave, Needham, on Saturday, November 10th at 11:00 AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ginny’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital, DH Development Office, 1 Medical Center Driver, Lebanon, NH 03756.