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Margaret DeMan Armstrong likes a lively party and the Jan.31 event at Emeritus, celebrating her 99th birthday was certainly no exception. From the oldest to the youngest, probably her great grandson, Christopher, 12, they toasted the life of the family matriarch who was an original founder of the Baltimore School of the Arts.

“In fact, the concept was her idea,” said her son, Rod Armstrong, with admiration for his mother. Shown are Benjamin Blount, left, Greg Billups, Brenda Blount Saddler, Roberta Cooper, Ruth McCalla, Kim McCalla, Gloria Armstrong, daughter-in-law; Rod Armstrong, son; Cleo Kendall, niece; Nicole Armstrong, Mario’s wife; Sean Armstrong, grandson; Sandy Billups, friend and Barbara Blount Armstrong, daughter-in-law.

In the front are Margaret DeMan Armstrong, Christopher and Mario Armstrong, both grandsons. Her sister, Frances DeMan Ashby, was unable to attend.