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Colleen Ann Armitage

d. March 13, 2019

Colleen Ann Armitage, age 66, of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Colleen was born on October 20, 1952 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of H. Russell and Laura Mae (Coffman) Wagner. She was raised on a farm in Downs, Illinois.

She married William “Bill” Armitage on June 27, 1975.

Colleen worked for Lanphier High School as a teacher before raising her boys.  She later worked at Cantrall Elementary School as a Pre-K teacher for 22 years.

She graduated from Downs High School, and later from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Colleen greatly loved her friends, family, and especially her grandchildren.  She valued her life-long friendships and surrounded herself with the ones she loved.

Colleen is survived by her husband, Bill, three sons; Michael (wife Jennifer) Armitage, Brian (wife Nicole) Armitage, Matthew (wife Kristin) Armitage; six grandchildren, Carley, Will, Ella, Peyton, Henry, and Owen; two brothers, Donald and Kenneth (Sally) Wagner; and several nieces and nephews who also meant the world to her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and one sister-in-law, Janet Wagner.

Visitation for Colleen will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Athens Christian Church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, March 18, 2019 also at the church with Pastors Shane Baker and Ken Gennicks officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Athens Lions Club (reading program) or the Athens Youth Council (Convert the Courts).

Burial will be held at Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens.


  1. We send our deep sympathy and heartfelt prayers. Colleen was such special lady.

  2. The world was a much better place to be in because of you, dear sister friend. You always brought peace, love, comfort and understanding to everyone around you. A shoulder to cry on, a listening heart you were always there. You will always and forever be my hero. With all you were suffering through you worried about us, never wanting to give us something else to think about or stress over. Your beautiful family will carry on in spirit, just like you taught them and continue to be the wonderful kids you raised them to be. I am very blessed indeed to have know you and loved you. Until we embark on our next adventure together in Heaven dear one,
    you will remain in my heart.

  3. Those who love her and knew her are a testament to the person she was. She touched soooo many people, both young and old, who have a better life because she did. Her genuine love of her family and friends speaks to her character. She was, and still is, such a wonderful example to all of us of who we should be.

    Colleen, I miss you with all of my being and will until the day I see you again.

    We will all miss you so very, very much.

  4. Our deepest condolences. Miss Colleen as all 3 of my children knew her as, made such an impact to our lives as our children’s Pre-K teacher. Prayers for you all.
    Shannon, Boyd, Kali, Kaci, and Kole

  5. We send our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Armitage family. You all are such a wonderful family and Colleen will truly be missed. So many memories and good times we all spent during our years of racing. Colleen
    was always the calm one and the glue to your family. She loved with a huge heart and will always be by your sides in spirit. Even though she suffered with her illness, she endured and kept going giving love and comfort to all. Colleen you will always remain in our hearts and memories. God Bless!

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Colleen was a special woman, teacher, and friend. She touched my life as well as my daughter Madison. Her devotion to the students at school and her love for her family are the fond memories I have of her. Peace be with you!

  7. Bill and Family,
    My sympathy goes out to you; I did not know Colleen but I am sure she will be greatly missed and left you with many wonderful memories. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers; may her heart enrich your daily lives.
    Sincerely, Bill Smith

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  9. Bill and family,
    My heart goes out to all of you during this sad and difficult time. I pray you will find some comfort in remembering the many wonderful times you shared with Colleen. I will keep you in prayers.
    Bobbie Maggio

  10. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.
    We know she and Debbie(Tallon, Brad’s mom) are in heaven catching up.
    Love to all

  11. Bill and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Colleen’s departure from her body. I didn’t know her as well as some others but being a mom of 3 boys was enough for me to feel close to her. Even though words cannot help at a time like this, know that you are all in my prayers. I wish for you peace and sweet memories.


  12. Dear Bill and family. We just learned of Collen’s passing. We know she will be missed by all of you. You are in our prayers Eldon and Linda Becker

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