Deborah Anne Armitage 3-30-1933 to 11-21-2017
Deborah Armitage was active, athletic and believed that there was nothing a good walk couldn’t fix. She moved to her house in Cardinal about four months ago to be near her children and died peacefully with the family gathered around.
Deborah had homes in Cape Haze, Florida and Christie Lake, Ontario, Canada. She was born to James and Evelyn Douglas in Toronto. Deb studied Early Childhood Education at Ryerson College, Toronto, Canada.
During her high school years, she was Miss Cheerleader at Etobicoke, 1951. She was a figure skating champion, a private pilot, a puppeteer, a children’s theater actress, an artist, a mountain climber, a cross country skier, a sailor and a life long hiker. Deb was a member of the Nederland Area Seniors and enjoyed attending the lunches.
She married James David Armitage in Toronto and became a home-maker, a mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Herring Island Drinking and Occasional Shooting Club; the Essex Skating Club and the Vintage Swine.
Deborah was the mother of six children: Douglas Armitage of Black Hawk; Alexandra Armitage of Nederland; Elizabeth Bandeen and Lacey Samuels of Canada, Matthew Armitage of Boulder and Clifford Armitage in Lafayette. She had 15 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Armitage and her brother Sandy Douglas. She is survived by sister, Carol Wharin.
Her children describe Deborah as the best mother ever. “She taught us to be frugal, use optimism and denial in equal parts, play outside, no whining, respect our elders, go to the tropics once a year, the more the merrier in our house and how to cook dinner for 20 in one pot. Gram will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by all.”
There will be a celebration of Deb’s life in Canada in August, 2018.