Barbara Allen Emery Armstrong

Barbara Allen Emery Armstrong, beloved “Grammy”, died peacefully in her home in Harwichport on Saturday, May 16, 2020, surrounded by her family.


                Barbara was born in Lombard, Illinois on January 26, 1931 to Howard Porter Emery and Naida Maginnis Emery. She grew up riding horses, loving art and nature. She studied at Lindenwood and DePauw University.


                In June of 1951, Barbara married the love of her life John Harrison Armstrong (Jack). Their union was a source of much celebration as the Armstrong and Emery families were lifelong friends.  Barbara and Jack began their life together in St. Louis, Missouri, where their daughter Kathy was born.  They then moved to Elmhurst, Illinois, welcoming sons John and Chris.  On the road again brought them to Lombard, Illinois, where they built a house near Barbara’s father and mother, and completed the family with sons Jamie and David. 


                Following Jack’s untimely death in 1974, Barbara relocated to New England to make a new home with her children on Cape Cod where she nurtured her interests in nature, art, and family. She instilled a deep love for Cape Cod in all of her children and grandchildren, who fondly remember helping her tend her flower garden, feeding the birds that flew around her deck, exploring the woodsy conservation land that abutted her Harwich home, and frequent trips to places like Fort Hill and the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. She enjoyed daily outdoor walks, often along the shores of Red River Beach and Nauset Beach.


                Barbara is remembered for her sunny, positive disposition and her wonderful sense of humor.  Family was everything to her, and she was delighted to be surrounded by and spend time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


                Barbara is survived by her daughter, Katherine (Bruce) Colvin, sons John (Barbara), Chris (Su-Ann), Jamie (Cheri), and David, ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren (with two more on the way), her sister Mary Neiser, and many nieces and nephews.


                Burial is private, and a memorial celebration is planned.  The family requests donations in her name to National Audubon Society, or VNA Hospice of Cape Cod.