Mary Armstrong

Mary Armstrong Photo 001Mary Elizabeth Armstrong of Moscow died at home on Thursday, October 22, 2015. She was 54.

Mary was born August 1, 1961 in Salmon, Idaho to Terry R. and Patricia A. Havemann Armstrong. The family moved to Moscow where Mary grew up, attended school and graduated from Moscow High School. She then attended the University of Idaho graduating with her Bachelors degree in Spanish. She taught high school Spanish for several years in Washington.

Mary enjoyed music and history, but above all else, cherished being a mother and grandmother. Her love and compassion extended to the community as well. She was active in an assortment of organizations that truly tied her to the community she loved.

Mary is survived by her mother, Patricia Armstrong of Moscow; her daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Michael Bessey and her grandson, Jace of St. Maries, Idaho and her son, John Surmeyer of Moscow. She was preceded in death by her father in January of 2014.

Mary is loved and remembered by many. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, October 29th at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Latah Recovery Center, 531 South Main St., Moscow, ID 83843

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

18 Responses to Mary Armstrong

  1. Jackie Applonie says:

    Mary was such a happy person and always so much
    Fun to be around. Godspeed to her family!

  2. Laurie Lehman-Welter says:

    My condolences to her family. She will be missed!

  3. Dree Olson says:

    So sad to read this. Mary was always a bright star to all who knew her. Condolences to her family and loved ones. RIP friend until we see each other again.

  4. Roger Sita says:

    We cannot begin to imagine what you are feeling, but let us share our heart-felt condolence. My family extends to you our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts are with you and your family.


    Roger & Tanya Sita

  5. Carrie Larson Hull says:

    So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

  6. Roger Sita says:

    I am home alone right now, it is quiet and peaceful here. And I’m watching the rain and thinking about Mary. I remember her, quite vividly, running up to me between classes, just outside the Administration Building, at University of Idaho. It was just under the clock. She bounce to a stop, hugging her books to her. And proudly told me in Spanish, “Ahora puedo hablar con usted en el idioma de sus padres” She looked so beautiful that day. The sun shining through her hair. Beaming a smile at me that was quite simply amazing. I stood their staring. Not understanding my native tongue. And the sight of this lovely woman speaking it, left me without words. She stood there beaming still, while I slowly nodded an answer to her question, “¿no es feliz?” Well, of course I was happy for you Mary, very happy indeed. I was almost as happy, as I am sad right now.

    Roger Sita

  7. Chris Anderson Caywood says:

    So saddened by this news. Many of my childhood and teenage memories include Mary. My thoughts and prayers to her family at this difficult time. May you rest in peace Mary.

  8. Chris Cushman says:

    Very sad to hear of Mary’s passing. I remember her from school as a person of integrity and kindness. She was friendly to everyone. So sorry for your loss.

  9. Gary Withers says:

    I’m sorry to hear about Mary. She was a fun loving and cheerful high school friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. JoAnne Redinger Greear says:

    Many thoughts and prayers to Mary’s family. So many wonderful and fun memories!

  11. Kathy Gardner Stefani says:

    I love Mary so much and am more than saddened to know she’s gone. So many of my memories of Jr. High and High school are with her. We have a song; “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder. We would sing it at the top of our lungs while we cruised Main Street in my folks car. Dad had put spot lights on it and we would catch all the kids making out parked along campus. Mary, Maggie (Brausen) and I were driving buddies. She threw Maggie and I on the floor with a sharp corner at the “Delta Ford” corner; Mr. Smith had just told us to quit laughing just prior to it. We just stayed on the floor covering our mouths in hysterics with tears in our eyes while Mary tried to hold it together in the front seat. We knocked each other to the floor in the middle of the play as we “ran towards each other”. We just forgot to stop, and again, tried to hold it together while the audience was in hysterics with us. Our choir years were some of the best of our lives. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  12. Melissa Kleinert says:

    What a loss of a great friend, truth-seeker, philosopher, and brilliant mind. My heart goes out to her mom and children. I loved her.

  13. Anne Peterson says:

    Mary and I chatted at the grocery store less than a month ago and shared the excitement about both becoming grandmas. Last night I read her entry in my 8th grade yearbook where she marveled that “we had five classes together this year and didn’t even fight!” I suppose that was quite an accomplishment for two 13 year-old girls. I will always remember Mary fondly and extend my profound sympathies to her family.

  14. Christian Girtz says:

    I only knew Mary for a little over a year, but she made an amazing impact in my life. I have been extremely blessed to be able to call her my friend. We spoke or texted daily and she always had valuable words of wisdom, an infectious sense of humor, and a outstretched hand of compassion. I will miss her everyday.

  15. Cherie (Logan) Craig says:

    Way back when, Mary was my brother’s girlfriend. We spent a lot of time together then, and I am so happy that I got to know her. Mary was always bright, smiling and fun loving. I lost track of her over the years, but have thought of her often. To know she has passed, saddens me. My prayers go out to her family.

  16. Tom Helton says:

    I was lucky enough to grow up in the same neighborhood and attend MHS and UI with Mary and will always hold found memories of her, such a good soul… good person… my condolences to her family.

  17. Lorraine Roach says:

    A bright light has vanished from our sight, but is still visible in our hearts. Mary, you are a kind soul and inspiring friend. Rest in peace, and we look forward to laughing with you again in heaven!

  18. Kathy Knox (Turpin) says:

    I realize that this is a late entry, but I just happened to be perusing Moscow deaths and came across two of my 79′ classmates, this of Mary and also Dave Allert. Two of the nicest people I had the pleasure of knowing and growing up with through our school years. My heart is saddened to hear about the loss of Mary. She was such a kind person and always had a great smile,and she will not be forgotten.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family,
    Kathy Knox (Turpin)

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