Jean Armitage passed away peacefully on September 17, 2020. She was born the second of four children to Jesse and John Henry Armitage in 1925. She was predeceased by her siblings Doris (Armitage) Hill, Ruth (Armitage) Daly, and Harry Armitage. A lifelong resident of Holyoke, Jean went to Holyoke public schools and graduated from Holyoke High School. Her education did not stop there. Jean was a lifelong lover of learning. She read voraciously and delighted especially in biographies. After she retired, Jean volunteered as a reader in the library of a Holyoke elementary school, sharing her love of books with children. Jean worked her entire adult life in Holyoke. Most of those years she worked at American Pad and Paper where she made many lifelong friendships with her work colleagues and their families. She also loved to walk and until very late in life she could be seen almost everyday walking briskly over Northampton Street. Jean was a communicant of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for her entire life and a welcome baker at bake sales. She also served on the Alter Guild and was an active member of the Women of St. Paul’s. Jean is survived by her nieces Joan Daly of Holyoke, Susan (Daly) Pelchat and her husband Steven of Hadley, and Lou Ann Daly of Maine; her nephew Craig Hill and his wife Dorothy of Tennessee; one very special great niece Emalie Pelchat of South Hadley; and several great nephews, including Bryan Pelchat of South Hadley. In her later years, Jean resided at Loomis/Day Brook Village in Holyoke where she leaves behind wonderful friends and caregivers, for whose kindness and care Jean was deeply grateful. A memorial service will be held for family and a few close friends. There are no calling hours and the Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home handled arrangements. Donations in Jean’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 485 Appleton St., Holyoke, 01040.
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