Betty Jane Armstrong
1920 ~ 2013
Beloved of many friends and family, our Betty passed on from this life on June 11, 2013 peacefully to our Lord. Her calm gentle, open heart, unconditional love and non-judgmental nature were part of what made her such an honorable and good mother and so beloved.
Betty was born in Ashland OR on November 19, 1920, where she spent her early years growing up in Oregon. In her young adult years, she lived in Denver Colorado where she graduated from Univ. of Denver in 1940 and married Ralph E. Armstrong (Army) on Sep. 11, 1943. In Denver she did bookkeeping for Laradon Hall that took in children with development needs. She also was a journalist for the Rocky Mountain News and answered letters written for the "Dear Abby" column.
Betty and Army moved from Denver to Boise Idaho in 1965, where she became Army's right-hand partner in developing The Village Inn restaurant on Capital Boulevard. Betty became the first woman of Greater Boise Chamber of Commerce and formed the Women's Division, Business chairman for Boise United Fund, chairman of the Citizen's Advisory Group on Alcoholism and co-organized a symposium on labor for women's equal rights for the Women's Bureau, Washington, D.C. On top of all the committees and managing the restaurant, she performed in the play "Auntie Mame", as Auntie Mame.
Betty was a member of the American Association of University Women, Ada County Republican Women, Crane Creek Country Club, Bronco Boosters Association and the First United Presbyterian Church.
Betty and Army retired and moved to San Carlos, Mexico over 35 years ago. They went fishing and enjoyed the people so much they built a home and stayed there to enjoy their life. Betty was actively engaged in the church, Yacht club and various social and volunteer activities to help the ambulance service. Last year she was made a lifelong honorary member of the San Carlos Yacht club, which meant a lot to her.
Betty is survived by her children, Rex Armstrong, Chandler AZ and Lexy and Paul Rarick, Vancouver WA; grandson, Talvi Watia; and great-grand sons Larson Watia and Devon Watia.
A private memorial service will be held of her friends and family in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico in December 2013.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 25, 2013