On the morning of September 6th, 2021, Armande “Armie” Noelle McNeil (Née: Rivard) passed away peacefully at the Crowsnest Pass Continuing Care Centre in Blairmore, Alberta. She was 84 years old.
Born 12 December 1936, in Bracken, Saskatchewan, where her father was a blacksmith in Val Marie, Saskatchewan. After a few years, the family moved west to the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta where they in settled in Blairmore.
Armie was a long-time member and dedicated to the Ladies Auxiliary Branch 19 in Bellevue, Alberta. She enjoyed spending her spare time there selling Nevada Tickets and playing bingo. She also supported her daughters when they were in Air Cadets by helping with the different activities and functions. She also enjoyed doing many different crafts. Her most enjoyable crafts were quilting, crocheting, and plastic canvas (some of which are still on display at the legion during the different holidays). Armie also enjoyed her time cooking at the Turtle Mountain Motor Inn, especially when she did the steak and lobster.
Armie is survived by her children, Rita, Anna and Tina Wilhelm and her sister Midge Stead. Her grandchildren, Jacquie (Wendy) and Michelle and great grandchildren, Erin, Kiera and Owen. She will also be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews.
She had two special stuffed animals that were with her all the time, Grumpy and Cimmanon, and she also loved her grand-cats Tommy, Maggie, Squeeker and Skeeter.
She was predeceased by her husband, Joe McNeil; her parents, Elphege (Joe) and Bertha Rivard; her siblings, Andy, Rita and a sister at birth; and her son-in-law, Dan (Willy) Wilhelm.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date to say farewell to this amazing and inspirational lady. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of the late Armie McNeil may be directed to the Crowsnest Pass Health Foundation “Continuing Care” (PO Box 455, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0), or Alzheimer Society – Alberta & NWT (www.alzheimer.ca). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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