ATHENS — Colleen Ann Armitage, 66, of Athens, passed away on Wednesday (March 13, 2019) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
Colleen was born Oct. 20, 1952, in Bloomington, the daughter of H. Russell and Laura Mae Coffman Wagner. She was raised on a farm in Downs. 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.
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 (Jennifer) Armitage, Brian (Nicole) Armitage, Matthew (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 was preceded in death by her parents and one sister-in-law, Janet Wagner.
Visitation for Colleen will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Athens Christian Church. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday also at the church with Pastors Shane Baker and Ken Gennicks officiating.
Memorials can be made to the Athens Lions Club (reading program) or Athens Youth Council (Convert the Courts).
Burial will be at Joel Hall Cemetery, Athens.
Mott & Henning Funeral Home, Athens, is assisting the Armitage family. Condolences can be shared at www.mottandhenning.com.