Mary Anne Armour

Obituary of Mary Anne Armour

Mary Anne (Crum) Armour, 88, of  Macon, Georgia, passed away on September 3 in Ponce Inlet, FL.Visitation will be at 11 am Wednesday September 6 at Lankford Funeral Home in DeLand FL.Funeral services will follow at 12 pm in the Chapel at Lankford Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Mitchell Reddish officiating. Burial will follow in DeLand Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are by Lankford Funeral Home. Planning for a memorial service, in Macon at a later date is underway.

Mary Anne was born in Huntington, West Virginia to J. Carl and Fannie (Frazier) Crum on June 27, 1929.  She graduated from Pikeville (KY) High School and the University of Kentucky, majoring in business administration. She moved on to Louisville KY, working as a buyer for the French Room in Stewarts Department Store. In Louisville, she met the love of her life, Rollin Stely Armour. They were married on May 30, 1957 and began their life together in Cambridge, MA, where Rollin completed a ThD in the history of Christianity at Harvard Divinity School. In 1960, they moved to DeLand, FL. While raising three children, Mary Anne pursued an M.A. in counseling at Stetson University. The family moved to Auburn, AL, where Mary Anne trained as a marriage and family therapist, which became her life’s work. She also became the first female deacon of Auburn’s First Baptist Church. In 1980, she and Rollin moved to Macon, GA where she became assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Mercer University School of Medicine. There, she created an innovative curriculum about the familial and psychosocial issues in medical practice and co-founded a master’s program in marriage and family therapy. Mary Anne served on the national board of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, representing the southern states, and became a fellow of the association in 1984. She received the first distinguished service award given by the Alabama Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In 1991, in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to her field, Stetson University named her an honorary doctor of the humanities.Mary Anne spent her life mending marriages, inspiring students, traveling the world, playing the piano, laughing with her many friends, loving her children, her sisters, and most of all, her beloved husband of sixty years. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by husband Rollin, Sr., their daughter Ellen (Barbee Majors), sons Rollin, Jr. and Stephen (Jo Smith), her sisters True (Frank) Pollock, Nada Hill, and Janice (Michael) Tanksley, along with a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and their children.Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to extend our gratitude to Dr. Gerald R. Woodard and the staff of Shores Medical Center, the nursing staff on the 6th floor of the Francis Building at Halifax Hospital, and the critical care staff of Kindred Hospice. Thanks also to all the caregivers who gave her such unparalleled and loving care in her final years. Finally, we offer special gratitude to her many dear friends, whom she loved so deeply and who so enriched her life.