Armstrong, Vera Eileen (nee: Baughman) passed peacefully, in the presence of God, surrounded by her loving family at Trillium Manor, Orillia, on Tuesday September 4th, 2012, at the age of 95.  Vera Armstrong, daughter of the late William O. and Lena Baughman, born June 11th, 1917, in Chatham, Ontario.  Beloved wife of 53 years to the late Nelson R. Armstrong (2003), and loving mother of Carolyn Gay Tennant and her husband Glenn of Orillia and Lee Evan Armstrong and his wife Karen of Cincinnati, Ohio.  Loved by her grandchildren Tara-Lynn and Michelle Tennant of Orillia and Andrea and Ryan Armstrong of Cincinnati Ohio.  Dear sister of the late Orwell L. Baughman, and sister in-law Ruby Baughman of North Carolina.  Special aunt of Richard Baughman, and Cheryl Simpson (Jack), all of North Carolina.  Sadly missed by great niece Robin and great nephew Jack and their families.  Vera was a graduate of Canada Business College and was employed with Libby McNeil and Libby, Bell Telephone, and Beuglet and McGhie Ltd.  Vera was a chartered member of the Zonta Club, Maple City Golf and Country Club, and Life member of the Chatham Figure Skating Club, as well as the Leut. Dick Crawford Chapter of the IODE.  She was a member of the Park Street United Church, the U.C.W. and St. Andrews United Church, a Gold Test Judge with the Canadian Figure Skating Association, and member of Orchestra London Chatham-Kent.  She was devoted to her husband Nelson and was a loving and supportive mother and grandmother while serving others with her many gifts.  A few of them being kindness, cheerfulness and thoughtfulness, and with giving priority to friendship.  Vera loved parties, people and life in general.  She developed a passion for music at the tender age of 3 and since then, her playing the piano by ear, brought joy to many lives.  She continued playing the piano throughout her school years and later on in the retirement home at St. Andrews Residence Chatham and finally at Trillium Manor in Orillia.  She was welcomed into the “Pub Crawlers” in her late 80s and continued to entertain others by playing in hospitals, retirement and nursing homes in the Chatham area.  Family and friends are invited to the Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, 245 Wellington West Chatham, 519-352-2710, on Friday September 7th visiting from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.  The funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of the funeral home on Saturday September 8th at 1 p.m. with Rev. Mark Perry of St. Andrew’s United Church officiating.   Interment Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham.  A reception will follow at St. Andrews United Church, 85 William Street South, Chatham.  As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Sick Kids Foundation (Toronto), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation or the charity of your choice.  On-line condolences may be left at



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