FRIENDSHIP — Suzanne Burr Armstrong (b. Suzanne Boyton Burr) passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 21, 2020, at the family homestead, The Haven, in Friendship, Maine.
She was born February 11, 1926 in Waltham, Massachusetts to Sidney and Lillian Burr. She was the youngest of five children. She moved to Brookline, Massachusetts where she graduated high school and attended Katy Gibbs finishing school.
She worked in Boston at the MIT research lab during World War II
In 1947 she met and married Robert W Armstrong, Jr. and together they raised four children and many beloved pets in Winchester, Massachusetts and later Friendship, Maine. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage before Bob’s passing in 2009.
Suzanne enjoyed and cultivated a wide circle of community friends, relatives and extended family. She was one of the original tambourine players at the Winton Club in Winchester, Massachusetts. She was known to be a regular contributor to her community, volunteering at the Winchester Hospital and later logging over 8,000 volunteer hours at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine. She also was an active member of the Friendship United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for many years.
She was an enthusiastic participant and contributor to many church fairs, the Friendship ambulance fund, and other local and regional community needs. She would often arrive to any event with a batch of cookies or raspberry squares, and her rum cakes were always the first to sell at any bake sale. Suzanne was known for her spectacular cooking and provided care, advice and support to those around her. She would spend hours baking rum cakes for birthdays, never forgot to offer food and drink to anyone stopping by, and could throw a party for 100 with a moment’s notice.
She was affectionately known around Friendship as Aunt Sue and was a devoted friend who always had a warm cup of tea and a sympathetic ear for friends and family. She enjoyed her flower gardens, often providing the flowers for Sunday services. Suzanne relished in the memories of the many traveling adventures around the world she took with Bob and others in her family. She especially treasured her many trips to Florida.
Suzanne leaves behind her son Robert, his partner Linda, and his children, Alexandra (and her fiancé Jason) and Theodore (and his partner Sarah) her daughter-in-law, Nancy, and her children, Kathryn (and her husband Thomas and son Andrew Burr) and Gordon (and his partner Emily) her son Peter, his wife Lauren, and their children Nicholas and Danielle (and her husband Gregory and children Graden Gregory, Hadley Danielle, and Mako Mitchell-Patrick) and her daughter Barbara and her husband Andrew and their children, Aeriel (and her husband Zachary and children Lilith Eileen and Isla Suzanne), Coryn (and her son Caleb Aaron), and Caitlin.
She is predeceased by her son Jeffery and his daughter Jenna.
A memorial service will take place during the summer of 2021.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friendship United Methodist Church or the Friendship Library.
Suzanne blesses her family and friends and all the people she traveled with or entertained throughout the years.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.directcremationofmaine.com