January 20 1936 February 19 2020
Ruth’s Obituary Ruth Lynn Armstrong, of Kosse, ended her earthly struggles on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 and went home to be with her Lord, at age 84. Visitation will be held at the Central Baptist Church on Sunday, February 23, from 2:00-3:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 at Central Baptist Church of Thornton on Sunday, with Reverends Daryl Hatley and Tracy Sims officiating and Brandan Verm assisting. Music will be provided by her sister, Cora Lea Burns and Kelley Young, pianists, and vocalists, Wendi Wilson and daughter-in-law, Margare’y Armstrong. Burial will follow in Kosse City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joel Armstrong, Lee Armstrong, Felipe Valdez, Brian Stewart, Steven Wells, and Jeremy Burton. Honorary pallbearers will be the Kosse Volunteer Fire Department, City of Kosse Police Department, B. J. Bryant, and Jared Eno. Ruth Lynn was born January 20, 1936 to Cecil Joel Harper and Cora Lea Jenkins Harper in Austin. Since her father was a preacher, she grew up in several different towns, mostly in South Texas, and graduated from Calallen High School. She always liked reading and was good in history and math. But “sports” was her real interest, and she always knew she wanted to teach and coach. Ruth Lynn was united in marriage with Edward Lee Armstrong on August 1, 1955 in the Calallen Baptist Church. While they lived in Corpus Christi and she was raising her two children, Ruth Lynn also graduated from the University of Corpus Christi, majoring in physical education and minoring in English. Soon, she was her daughter’s PE and health teacher. Ruth Lynn and Edward moved to Portland, and then in 1974 they moved to Bremond where they had previously bought land. Since he was a builder, she gave up teaching to work with him in construction. She was the best finish carpenter he could have and she was told it was because she was so “close to the ground” in her height. As long as her children have known her, she loved Dr. Pepper. Ruth Lynn was active in the music at church, playing the piano and organ and singing, including singing special selections. She also played and sang when called upon for funeral services. She started teaching Vacation Bible School at age 13, and taught Sunday School classes from the little kids to big kids to the older folks she called her “Youth Group.” Although Ruth Lynn enjoyed living in the country, they moved to Kosse in 2014. She and Edward were volunteers with the Baptist Retirees for many years and traveled to help build church buildings in Washington State and Alaska, along with Daryl Hartley and many others. During a two-week period between work, they enjoyed travelling in a RV over all the roads in Alaska and had a little taste of fishing and moose hunting. Ruth Lynn and Edward were big Baylor sports fans and season ticket holders, until he passed away. Ruth Lynn volunteered in both Groesbeck nursing homes beginning when her Mom was a patient. Most every day, she would bring patients out of their rooms to participate in activities. She could gather up more patients to attend church services and activities than anyone. She was a very pleasant and personable lady. Ruth Lynn even found time to “volunteer” her services to help her son-in-law, Lew in the Henderson Flower Shop. Did we mention she loved Dr. Pepper? As she slowed down in activity, she continued to love reading, crossword puzzles and game shows on TV. She loved her church, Baylor sports, and Dr. Pepper, and also, her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Ruth Lynn was preceded in death by her parents; brother, James Edward Harper; brother-in-law, Homer Armstrong; niece, D’Anne Burns; and her husband, Edward “Eddie” Armstrong on October 1, 2015. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lynnard “Shorty” and Margare’y Armstrong of Kosse; daughter and son-in-law, Sharree Jo and Lew Stewart of Groesbeck; five grandchildren and spouses: Joel and Crystal Armstrong of Temple, Lee and Sally Armstrong of Belton, Margare’y and Felipe Valdez of Lake Jackson, Brian and Shauna Stewart of Groesbeck, and Jeremy and Jennifer Burton of Indianapolis, Indiana. Her nine great grandchildren are: Jenna and Abigail Armstrong, Grayson Armstrong, Maia Valdez, Evan, Amelia and Isaac Burton, and Audrey and Katie Stewart. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Cora Lea and Keith Burns; sisters-in-law, Joan Harper and Nannette Armstrong; and nieces and nephews. Read More
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ruth Lynn Armstrong January 20 1936 February 19 2020.
Death notice for the town of: Groesbeck, state: Texas