Dorothy Jean

Dorothy Jean "Betty" Armstrong (Robertson)

Thursday, November 16th, 1922 - Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
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Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of family, on January 1, 2020 at St. Lawrence Lodge Brockville at the age of 97. She was predeceased by her husband of over 62 years, Earle Nelson (2011). She was a cherished and admired mother of Dr. Judith Anne Armstrong and her husband Dr. Rick Binette of Peterborough and Mary Jane Millard and her husband Pete Millard of Maitland. Nanny will be missed by her grandchildren Mark Binette (Lauren) of Burlington, Andrew Binette (Marie) of Peterborough, Natalie Binette (Jeffrey Friesen) of Peterborough, Matthew Millard (Allison) of Walden Vermont, Geoffrey Millard (Stacey) of Syracuse New York, and Michael Millard of Brockville. She was the much loved Great Nanny of Sarah, Madeleine and Kaitlin Binette, William and Audrey Binette and Walter and Marion Millard and Oliver and Isaac Millard. Betty was the youngest child of William Croil Robertson (1953) and Beatrice Mary Osborne (1946) of Cornwall. She was the last surviving member of her 9 siblings. She is the beloved aunt to many nieces and nephews and dear friend of Bev Toye.

Betty began her teaching career in a one room schoolhouse (Aultsville) and then, after returning from the University of Toronto, she taught at Nepean High School (Ottawa), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sydenham High School (Sydenham) and South Grenville District High School (Prescott). She taught English and Physical Education and was a respected coach of Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball and Cheerleading. Betty was an amazingly kind, optimistic and patient lady of faith and is confident to be welcomed home by her Lord and Saviour where she is joined by her husband and her family in heaven.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James St. E., Brockville on Monday, January 6, 2020 from 5-8pm. A service in honour and celebration of Betty's life will be held at the Parish of St. Lawrence Anglican Church, 80 Pine St., Brockville on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 1pm. Interment will take place at the Blue Church Cemetery in the Spring. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement, Special Olympics Canada or St. Lawrence Anglican Church will be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Condolences may be placed on the memory wall above and donations may be placed using the link below.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 6th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, January 6th, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    4 James Street East
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 1:00pm
    Parish of Saint Lawrence Anglican Church
    80 Pine Street
    Brockville, ON K6V 1G7
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  • Interment

    Blue Church Cemetery
    Address not given
    Prescott, Ontario
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    Interment to take place in the Spring.
  • Reception

    Parish of St. Lawrence Anglican Church
    80 Pine Street
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Frank DiNoble

Posted at 11:39am
Thank you Judith and Rick, Jane and Pete for your choice of this picture of 'Betty'. It reminds me of Mrs. Armstrong rushing from the gym (still in her gym clothes) to the Edward Street second floor to teach her English class. We, in the English department were always greeted with that smile. This same spirit is alive and well in you, her families.
Our prayers are with you today...
Frank and Shirley DiNoble

Mary-Anne Church & Family and Barbara Laidlaw & Family

Posted at 07:23pm
Sent with love and remembrance of Aunt (Lit'l) Bette from our families to yours. Feeling grateful that our Mothers nurtured a special family bond.
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Dave Millard

Posted at 05:43pm
Mrs "A". AMAZING.. She is one person I will truly miss. I loved the smile she would put on my face, the laughter she gave me and that feel good feeling I had when in her company.
Jane and Pete would invite me to dinner and I always asked " Is Mrs A going to be there"?.
I will miss Mrs A ,but I won't forget her. I'm sure to think of her often.
To Jane , Pete , Judith ,Rick and the entire Armstrong family my sincere condolences.
God Bless
Dave Millard

David Perrin

Posted at 03:44pm
Dear Judith & Rick and Jane & Pete and all members of the extended Binette and Armstrong Families. It is with sadness I heard of the passing of your beloved Mother, Mother-in-law, Aunt, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother and friend. I have many fond memories of house visits with Betty's ever-smiling face in the background. God has received her into Eternal Life and for this we give thanks even in this time of mourning and sadness. May she continue to shine on in all of our hearts and be an inspiration for generous self-giving love in our own lives. Blessings, David Perrin

Millie Craig

Posted at 10:05am
Dear Family of Betty --- The first time that I met Betty was on the steps of St Lawrence Church, she was looking happy and wearing an attractive summer dress. I was impressed by her friendliness and her magnetic smile. I thought what a wonderful teacher she must be greeting her students with such joyfulness and sincerity. Since then, I have felt her kindred spirit even when I did not see her as often as I would have liked over the years. Betty will not be forgotten by her many friends and acquaintances. Love to her family, Millie Craig

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