Marilyn F. (Gartland) Armstrong

May 26, 2020

Marilyn F. (Gartland) Armstrong

Marilyn F. (Gartland) Armstrong – of Haverhill, May 26th at eighty years of age.  Beloved wife of Paul A. Armstrong of Haverhill.  Cherished Mother of Kimberly Armstrong, Karen Panetta, her husband David all of Woburn and Paul V. Armstrong of Haverhill.  Dear sister of Vincent Gartland, his wife Nancy of NH, Richard Gartland his wife Linda of FL, Peter Gartland of Athol, Eleanor Gartland of Peabody and the late Dorothy Gartland.  Cherished grandmother of Joseph and Justin Panetta of Woburn.  Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  Due to the current situation we are experiencing with the Corona Virus, arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch – Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn.

Marilyn F. (Gartland) Armstrong – passed away Tuesday, May 26th peacefully in her sleep, as she had always hoped to. 

She is lovingly survived by her husband Paul of 54 years, a son Paul Vincent, two daughters Kimberly Armstrong & Karen Panetta, her husband David Panetta and two grandsons Joseph & Justin Panetta.  She is also survived by three brothers, Vincent, Richard and Peter as well as one sister, Eleanor.  Both her parents and a sister, Dorothy, pre-deceased her.    

Marilyn was the light of her families lives and the glue that kept them together.  She had a gentle way about her, and a unique understanding of what was important.  She had a way of embracing challenges with grace and strength, always maintaining an appreciation for all of lives blessings.  She never truly wanted for anything, she was simply grateful for the life and love she had. 

If you had to sum up Marilyn’s spirit it could be done so in the Prayer of St. Francis of Assini.  “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master,Grant that I may not so much seekTo be consoled as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.”

Poor health lead to Marilyn to call the Hannah Dustin Healthcare Center in Haverhill, MA her home for the past three years.  In typical fashion she moved in and made it her home, forming relationships with her caregivers that went beyond that of a normal caregiver/patient relationship.  They truly loved her, and she truly loved them.  

In her 80 years on this earth Marilyn’s spirits never dimmed, she always tried to live her best life while loving and supporting her family.  She was a loving wife, a caring mother, and the best friend you could have, and she will be sorely missed by many.  

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, the memorial will be kept private to immediate family only.  The family is asking that in leu of flowers donations be made to the Hannah Duston Health Care Center, Haverhill, MA.

Service arrangements pending, please check back soon.

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  1. Laura McGrath

    Karen, Kim and family we are so sorry for your loss. It’s especially hard to lose your mom she is such an important person in your life. She will always be with you 💗💗🌸🌸 love you guys!

  2. Marilyn.I am so glad that I had the pleasure to meet you.I enjoyed chatting with you and i will miss you.R.I.P. my friend.

  3. Peter Gartland jr aka PJ

    Rest in peace Auntie you’ll be missed And I should have been in contact with you a lot sooner you were my favorite aunt and you will always be my favorite aunt The thing I remember the most is that you believed in me and always said if you hit the lottery you were going to send me to Johnson and Wales So I can become your personal cook I should’ve contacted you sooner you will be missed love you and I also miss the famous macaroni and cheese

    Love Pj Molly Joshua and Ronan

  4. My deepest condolences are with all of you. Marilyn was always so loving toward me. I will always remember her sitting in her rocker at home crocheting her beautiful blankets. Love to all of you. Xoxo

  5. Darlene Timlin

    Aunt Mal was always so kind and loving. She cherished her family. I will always remember spending many nights at her house watching The Love Boat and Twilight Zone having a great time. Going shopping at the North Shore Mall looking at Barbie dolls.

  6. Paul Angelosanto

    To the Armstrong family,
    May your tears turn into something beautiful. Marilyn helped raise a wonderful family.
    -Paul

  7. Laura Doherty

    Kim, Karen and family our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! You were lucky to have such an amazing mother. ❤️

  8. Donna DiVirgilio

    Dear Paul, Karen, Kim and Paul,
    I am so sorry for your lost. Marilyn was the nicest person.

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