Betty Lee Hill Armstrong

Lee's Summit JournalJanuary 22, 2014 

Betty Lee Hill Armstrong

Betty Lee Hill Armstrong was born Dec. 19, 1925 to Fred Lee and Wanda Hill in Ironton, Mo. She was the first baby born in the new Ironton Hospital. Betty departed this life in the morning of Jan. 20, 2014.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m., Jan 23 at Grantham’s Funeral Home, Duncan, Okla. Services will follow at 10 a.m. with Dr. Bryan Pain officiating assisted by Rev. Jody Hilliard. Burial will be with her husband in Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Okla.

Betty graduated valedictorian of the 1943 class of Fredericktown High School, Fredericktown, Mo. She then attended Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Okla. where she met her future husband, Isaac Winfield Armstrong. They were married on Aug. 27, 1948 in a double wedding with Betty’s sister. They were married for 63 years.

Betty was a lady of commitment. She was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and His church by serving in many capacities at First Baptist Church, Duncan, Okla., which she joined on March 5, 1954. Included in the various areas of ministry are 40 plus years in the choir, several years as an active participant in Baptist Women on Missions, teacher in children’s Sunday School and, in her later years, a faithful member of the Saints Alive Sunday School Department. Her activity in local organizations included Stephen’s County Retired Teachers Association and the Duncan Shakespeare Club. Probably her greatest service to the community was as a seventh grade English teacher at Duncan Junior High for more than 30 years.

Betty enjoyed reading, sewing and preparing Sunday dinner. One of her favorite magazines was Guidepost. She always kept at least one in her purse just in case she had a few free minutes. Her favorite Sunday dinner was ham, mashed potatoes and hot rolls. She included a pan of cornbread, because Ike liked it.

Left behind to cherish memories are a sister, Jean Ruth, Lee Summit, Missouri; three nephews and their wives Mike and Lauri Ruth and Pat Ruth all of Lee Summit, Missouri; and Andy and Holly Ruth of Newton, Kansas; great nieces and nephews Alyssa and Bert Rogers, Brittany and Rami Husein, Courtney and Andrew Newell, Max, Nick, Zach and Haley Ruth. One great-great niece, Maya Rogers, also survives. In addition to family members, who will miss her dearly, are devoted friends, Mary Frances Jones and Connie Mosely.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother-in-law Max Ruth and a dear friend Norma Jean Click.

Pallbearers will be Paul Polk, Bill Loughridge, Don Couch, Clifford McGhghy, Gail Jones, and Billy Bob Bailey. Honorary pallbears will be the men of Saints Alive Sunday School Department.

The family wishes to express their gratitude for their loving care to the care givers at the Square in Country Club Nursing Home and Chisholm Trail Hospice.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the music programs at either First Baptist Church, Duncan, Oklahoma or First Methodist Church, Duncan, Okla.

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