Maryellen Stanford

Obituary of Maryellen Stanford

Mary Ellen Stanford, 72, died February 21, 2018 in the arms of her daughter while hospitalized in Queens NY following a sudden cardiac arrest February 9th, 2018.


Born July 22nd, 1945 in Essex County, NJ to Thomas Gordon Armiger and Veronica Byrnes, she was the youngest of five siblings. Mary Ellen married Edward ‘Eamonn’ Thomas Stanford of Dublin, Ireland on November 21, 1970 in Bronx, NY and moved from NYC to Warwick, New York in March 1972 where they raised their two children.  In 1990, their family of four moved to Blairstown, NJ.


Mary Ellen truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures. She had a passion for helping others in any way she could. Her kindness and compassion for humans and animals alike was boundless. She radiated when she walked into any room (usually in flip flops), with her infectious laugh, and her gorgeous green eyes that sparkled whenever she spoke.


She loved her dogs as if they were her children (Casey, Zoe, Pup, Oliver, Maggie, and Chablis). She was the most content entertaining at home, cooking amazing meals in her kitchen, or whipping up delicious cocktails at the pool, or heading into NYC to see a Broadway show. Mary Ellen adored listening to music and was known for her dance moves and ‘air guitar’ at Bruce Springsteen concerts. She relished in finding a great sale (especially at Neiman Marcus) and was very particular about certain things.  Most of all, she thrived when she was assisting others who were ailing in health, and being around friends and family. In the last few months of her life, she enjoyed spending her time with her sister Terry and niece Renee in Queens, NY.


Left to honor Mary Ellen and remember her love are her two children, Mary Samantha Stanford of Morristown, NJ, John Eamonn Stanford, daughter in law Courtnay Brennan Stanford, and granddaughter McKenna Jane Stanford of Columbia, NJ, her four siblings, Teresa Badami of Queens, NY, Richard “Dick” Armiger of Cary, NC, Gordon and Donna Armiger of Leland, NC, Penny and John Armiger (predeceased his sister 2.18.18) of Tonapah, AZ, and in laws- Lillian Stanford of Dublin, Ireland, Dr. Rita Stanford of Boulder, CO, Mauve and Bob Miller of Albany, NY, Eileen and Angelo Giangregorio of Fruitland, Ontario, Sheila Stanford and Charles Gluck of Naples, Florida, 22 nieces and nephews, 27 great- nieces and nephews, and countless friends.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10:30 am at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church in 375 Main Street, Chester, NJ with Father Richard Carton officiating the Mass of the Resurrection. Burial will immediately follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery 85 Pleasant Hill Road, Chester, NJ where she will be interred beside her beloved husband, Eamonn who predeceased his wife May 31st, 2002.  


In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Breaking Bad News Program, a program developed to teach physicians how to effectively and compassionately discuss bad news with patients and their families.

Breaking Bad News Program PO BOX 902 Windermere, FL 34786-0902