Barbara Nottingham Armstrong, born May 23, 1936 in Durbin,West Virgnia, passed away June 24, 2013 as a result of a sudden illness.
She was the daughter of the late Mary and Bruce Nottingham. After graduating from Green Bank High School, Dr. Armstrong completed bachelor's and master's degrees in Family and Child Development at West Virginia University, a master's degree in Counseling at The University of Akron and a Ph.D. in Human Ecology at Ohio State University
. During her professional career which spanned more than four decades, she taught at, and received Distinguished Teaching Awards from all three of these universities.
The Ohio Home Economics Association recognized Dr. Armstrong as Outstanding Home Economist at both regional and state levels. For several years, Dr. Armstrong was Head of the Department of Home Economics and Family Ecology at The University of Akron. She served as president of the Ohio Council on Family Relations and received the organization's Distinguished Service to Families Award. She was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Aging and served on the National Council on Family Relations Task Force on Aging. West Virginia University philosophy was "to teach is to touch the heart," a goal she aspired to accomplish every day of her life.
Preceded in death by her parents; brother, Julian L. Nottingham; nephew, Michael Nottingham; and brother-in-law, Bill Borga; Dr.Armstrong is survived by her loving children, Debbie McCain (Tyler) of Nashville, Tennessee and Scott Armstrong (Sally) of Munroe Falls, Ohio; grandchildren, Zachary and Joshua Carter and Noah and Nicholas Armstrong. She is also survived by sisters, Nancy Borga of Preston, Maryland, Carol Vandevander of Staunton, Virginia, and Jane Thompson (Clinton) of Roanoke, Virginia; brother, Jerry K. Nottingham (Carolyn) of Fishersville, Virginia; close family friend, Christine Capron; as well as many special nieces and nephews.
Besides her family, Dr. Armstrong loved nature, football (especially OSU and WVU), hiking in the beautiful Metro Parks, animals (particularly her grand dogs Louie, Maggie, Harley, Chance, and Toby and her constant companion, Archie), as well as relearning history and social studies with ehr grandsons. She also enjoyed traveling, especially to New York, Oglebay Park, Nashville, and Hilton Head Island where she was a member of Central Church. She was an avid supporter of 4-H, an organization which changed her life.
She was extremely grateful for the amazing role models in her life. Among the most significant were the following: her own dear mother, Mrs. Mary Nottingham; seventh grade teacher and 4-H leader, Mrs. Margaret Cole; WVA Extension agents, Mrs. Betty Rae Wexford and Mrs. Caroline S. Cutlip; Professor and adviser at WVU, Dr. Sara Ann Brown; and Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at The University of Akron, Dr. Raymond Sander.
Calling 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ciriello & Carr Fairlawn Chapel, 39 S. Miller Rd., where service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Final resting place will be Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls. Memorials may be made to the Barbara N. Armstrong Family Studies Scholarship Development Department, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-2603. Please sign the guestbook at www.ohio.com/obituaries