Mary Jean Armstrong

Born: Fri., Apr. 29, 1938
Died: Mon., Jul. 15, 2019


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Jul. 20, 2019
Location: Stage Stop Inn


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Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend, Mary Jean Armstrong, of Choteau, received her wings on July 15th, 2019.  She was 81 years young.
Mary Jean was the first of five children born to Oscar and Wanda Kind in Kalispell, Montana on April 29th, 1938.  The family eventually homesteaded and settled on the Sunny Slope Bench.  She attended and graduated from Fairfield High School.
After High School Mary Jean married Robert Hall. During these years she raised 7 wonderful children.  She was a busy lady, and often held down several jobs cooking and bartending to provide for her family.  After their separation Mary Jean packed up her family and braved a move to Choteau.
In this adventure in her life she met and married the love of her life, Walter Armstrong.  Her new blended family was now 10.  Mary Jean and Walter's home was a haven for their children and many friends.  Mary Jean’s home was always known for big gatherings and celebrations. She was an excellent cook, baker and host.  One of her favorite things to do was camping and fishing at Pishkin Reservoir.  Every child was expected to fish, as this was only one of the many ways to keep track of the clan.  She enjoyed playing cards, antique treasure hunting and painting in her spare time.
Mary Jean never knew a stranger and was always willing to help everyone she met offering friendly advice, an ear to listen and a meal to eat.  She had many friends because of her outgoing, courageous personality.  She loved life and everything that went with it.
Among Mary Jean’s many talents and careers, over the years, included managing/operating the Legion bar, cooking and antique selling.  One of her favorite was being Mrs. Claus during the Christmas Season with Walter sitting in the chair next to her as Santa Claus.  During the last year she resided at the Skyline Lodge where she thoroughly enjoyed the company, activities and of course the coffee hour.  She had many wonderful friends there.
Mary Jean was preceded in death by her husband Walter Armstrong, her son Mark Hall, a granddaughter Malissa Hall. Her parents Oscar and Wanda Kind and her sister Donna Stevenson.
Mary Jean’s survivors include Robert (April Boeckel) Hall, Dana (Joe) Dellwo, Rita Booke, Rhonda (Dan) Naylor, Jeanie Rae Hanusa, Dawn Hall; step children, Jack (Kelly) Armstrong, Greg (Sue) Armstrong, Sharrol (Paul) Poshusta as well as 22 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.
There will be a family gathering on Saturday July 20th, 2019 at 11:00 am at Pishkin Reservoir with a Friends and Family gathering to follow at 2:00 pm at the Stage Stop Inn pool/breakfast room.
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Emile Kimmet
   Posted Thu July 18, 2019
I will miss Mary Jean until I see her again. I know she is with Walter and Mark. I also feel Stanley was there to greet her and give her a big hug. I am sorryI cannot be in Choteau on Saturday to give everyone a hug but ai am fortunate to have my great grandchildren from Idaho with me at the lake. Mary Jean would understand. I am so glad I got to say goodbye on Friday and tell her that ai love her as my dear friend. RIP.

Ida Larson Alfson
   Posted Fri July 19, 2019
I went to Fairfield High School with Mary Jean. She was always such a delight to be around. She will be missed by so many.

Darla Armstrong Haller
   Posted Fri July 19, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I was so grateful that I was able to have lovely visits with her at the Skyline when I visited mom. She was so warm and kind. Love to you all.
Darla

Andie and Kermit Rolandson
   Posted Sun July 21, 2019
So sorry to have missed the memorial . We had company from out of state . Having seen her the Friday and Saturday before she died left me knowing she would be in a better place soon. She will be greatly missed. Andie

Rob Hall
   Posted Tue July 23, 2019
My momma was my super hero no matter what one of us needed she was always there to provide one way or another.I miss you so much already mommy.We only get one mommy and nobody loves us more.Rest on peace mom until we meet up again,Love you Mommy

Wanda Askeland
   Posted Wed July 24, 2019
Dear Hall family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful woman. May your many memories help you through this hard time. I will keep you in my prayers.

Leta Fiechtner
   Posted Fri July 26, 2019
We were high school class mates and life long friends, and what a wonderful friend she was. Such a delight to be around and always so willing to give a helping hand
Many fond memories will never be forgotten and she will be sadly missed by so many. Until we meet again our love to your great family

Love Ervin & Leta Fiechtner

Leeann Armstrong
   Posted Wed August 14, 2019
My beautiful, sweet Mary Jean you were an amazing friend. I loved being around you. You lit up a room with your beauty and laughter. You are a beautiful Angel now, and Happy you are with Walter aka Santa. I love you so very much!
Leeann 🌹💞

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