Farming Rural 19

Ida Blanche (Valleau) Armstrong

1930 ~ 2019 (age 89)


It is with much sadness that the family of Ida Armstrong announces her sudden passing on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre.

Ida Blanche was born to William (Bill) and Jean (nee Foster) Valleau on May 17, 1930 at Tisdale, Saskatchewan. She had one younger brother Oakland Foster (Mac) Valleau. Ida attended Moose Range Rural School.

Ida married Roy John Armstrong on March 27, 1947 at Nipawin, Saskatchewan. They have one son, Harvey William.

Ida and Roy farmed together in the Moose Range – Aylsham District until retiring to Carrot River full time when Roy’s health began to decline.

Ida moved to Dauphin to be closer to family in January 2017. She had numerous telephone conversations to stay in touch with her Saskatchewan friends while gaining numerous friends in Dauphin, especially at her apartment in Mountain View Villa.

Ida had numerous passions, the greatest being her family. She was immensely proud of her son, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Other passions included numerous well-groomed flower beds both around the farm yard and at their home in Carrot River. There was always a large garden on the farm and only a slightly smaller one in town. Ida loved to play cards and any board game, especially with family. However she always felt badly when she won when playing with family. She did not have the same reservation when playing with others. Ida was an accomplished seamstress making most family clothing and numerous garments for others in the community. Ida had a flare for baking breads, buns, cookies and cakes. A family favourite was a cinnamon treat she called “monkey biscuits”. She also passed her love of traditional Scottish shortbread and ginger snaps on to her great grandchildren.

Ida leaves to mourn her son Harvey (Laurie) of Dauphin, granddaughter Michelle (Allan) Gibbens and great grandchildren Ainsley and Ashleigh of Winnipeg, grandson Cory (Christine) Armstrong and great grandchildren Taylor and Hayden of Dauphin, step grandson Michael Nicol of Dauphin, and step granddaughter Jennifer(Jason) Russell and great grandchildren Elizabeth and Riley of Brandon.

Ida was predeceased by Roy, her husband of 63 years on July 3, 2010 and her brother Mac.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on December 16, 2019 at the Carrot River United Church at 2:00 pm with interment at the Moose Range Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.



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