Barbara (Babs) Ruth Conkey
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7/3/1929 - 2/13/2014
Asheville - Born to Helen Bailey and Roger Wells Conkey of Boston, Mass. Graduated from Gardner High School 1947. She was on the Varsity Field Hockey Team & Pro Merito Society. In the summer of '45 she worked in the Woman's Land Army on a farm on Concord, Mass.
Graduate of Colby-Sawyer, New London, N.H. on scholarship in 1949. She worked as a Legal Secretary for Nutter, McClennen & Fish and also Binghan Dana & Gould on Federal St., Boston till the year 1954.
Married to Edward Walbridge Armstrong on February 20, 1954. They remained married for 57 years until his death on Feb. 27, 2011. They lived in Charlotte, NC from 1954 - 1975, raising their 2 children. She served on the Ladies Golf Board at Myers Park CC, Charlotte, NC. and also at the Atlanta CC, Marietta, GA from 1975 - 1982. In 1981 she and Ed moved to Asheville, NC. Babs acted as first V.P. then was President of the Ladies Golf Assoc. of the Country Club of Asheville for a total of 4 years.
Survived by son, James Edward Armstrong of Rockingham, NC.; daughter, Laura Armstrong Golden of Mineral Bluff, GA.; 2 granddaughters, Julianne Adams and Cheyenne Golden; great grandson, Van Walbridge Adams, all of Georgia. Also niece, Pam Anderson of Mission Viejo, CA; and nephew, Greg Grover of Big Canoe, GA
Babs pursued many activities including, flower gardening, golfing, bridge and she knitted many wonderful prayer shawls and colorful toboggan hats for charities.
Babs was a member of Grace Episcopal Church of Asheville, NC.
Babs was blessed to pass in her own home and was preceded in death by her sister, Phyllis Louise Grover of San Carlos, CA. A memorial service to be held in the spring, will be announced by family. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations, in her name, to CarePartners Hospice of Asheville,
of America, or other similar organizations.
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Feb. 19, 2014