Mary E. Armstrong, C.S.D.

Portrait by Ruth Colman. Original Longyear Collection.


MARY E. ARMSTRONG, wife of Joseph Armstrong, had a comfortable life as the spouse of a bank president and successful businessman, but grief over the loss of her mother combined with chronic illness that physicians had been unable to cure left her feeling hopeless. In 1886, encouraged by her aunt’s letter telling of a family member’s healing through Christian Science treatment, Mary too, sought help through Christian Science. In a few weeks she was entirely healed. Later that year, she and her husband studied with Mrs. Eddy’s student Janet Colman. Mrs. Armstrong went on to take Primary class instruction with Mrs. Eddy at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College in 1887, and was in the May 1889 Normal class. She devoted the rest of her life to the practice of Christian Science, first in Kansas and Ohio, and then in Boston. Additionally, Mary Armstrong served in Mrs. Eddy’s household at Pleasant View briefly in 1898.

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