Lucy A. Armstrong, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, after a brief illness. She was born in New York City, the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Vincenza Paciolla Sammarco. When Lucy was five years old, her family moved to Gloversville, New York, and at the age of 93, she moved to Ocala, Florida.
Until shortly after she married, Lucy worked sewing gloves in Gloversville, an Upstate, New York, city known for its high-quality, hand-crafted gloves. Lucy was a quick study and was soon teaching others how to sew gloves. She could produce beautiful, intricate gloves and once sewed gloves for Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. She was a brilliant and meticulous seamstress.
Lucy married James R. Armstrong on August 3, 1946. She enjoyed being a homemaker and their house was a warm, safe home. Lucy took great joy in raising their four children: Timothy (MaryLouise) Armstrong of Gloversville, New York and Tierra Verde, Florida; Richard (Cathy) Armstrong of Towson, Maryland; Karen (Tom) Rector of Ocala, Florida; and Janice (Randy) Paul of Tierra Verde, Florida. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren (Erica, Jason, Tanya, Todd, Angela, Ryan, Joseph, Jacob, Bradley, Michael, Jessica, Rebecca and Jared) and many great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, all of whom she loved and adored.
Lucy enjoyed tending to her vegetable gardens, reading, sewing, cooking, baking and sharing her delicious dishes with her family, who often referred to her offerings as “Lucy’s Takeout”! She would have given those she loved everything she had and her generous and loving spirit will always be remembered. We will miss you and love you forever.
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