Betty WJ Armstrong 1927-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs


YOUNGSTOWN — Betty Wanda Junita Greene Armstrong, 94, affectionately known as “Aunt Betty” by many, peacefully entered her eternal rest on Thursday, January 6, 2022, with her niece/guardian by her side.

Betty was born September 7, 1927 in Youngstown, the eldest of Homer Lee Sr. and Cora Mae Stalard Greene. She was affiliated with the Catholic and Episcopal denominations. She was a member of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church.

Betty attended St. Ann’s Elementary and Hayes Jr. High Middle School and graduated from Rayen School in January 1946. During her freshman year at Youngstown College, she was chosen to be the Kappa’s first-ever Kappa Sweetheart. Alpha Psi Fraternity. She graduated from Youngstown College in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in history with minors in English and home economics.

In 1953, she graduated from Western Reserve University, now known as Case Western Reserve University, with a master’s degree in library science. While at “Reserve”, she was inducted into the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity of Graduate Women. After graduating, Betty became Youngstown College’s first black librarian. On July 1, 1953, she was hired as an assistant cataloger at the Youngstown and Mahoning County Public Library. She held many positions throughout her tenure, including children’s librarian, bookmobile, librarian for the East and McGuffey Mall branches, and regional supervisor for the South and Fosterville branches. Betty retired after more than 32 years of service on March 31, 1986.

Betty married Dr. Herbert Louis Armstrong on July 31, 1955, and they spent 51 years together, traveling extensively throughout the United States and around the world, including Europe, China, and Africa. Herbert died on February 21, 2007. Betty was an Archousa, wife of the section member of the Sigma Pi Phi Beta Rho Boule fraternity.

Betty was a founding member and former president of the Youngstown chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. It was initiated on May 19, 1951; its membership certificate was signed by Dorothy Height, the sorority’s national president. Betty was a founding member of the Youngstown chapter of the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was a more than 50-year member of the American Association of University Women and a life member of the NAACP.

Betty became a member of the Youngstown Chapter of Links, Inc., established in 1960, where she served as Past President and a member of the Central Region Nominating Committee and was honored as a Platinum Member in September 2015. Betty continued to join many civic and social organizations throughout his life. In 2013, she participated in The Booker Project, honoring world renowned civil rights icon Simeon Booker. She has received numerous accolades, including being honored by the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in 2016.

Betty is survived by her niece/guardian, Leigh A. Greene; sister-in-law, JoAnn Blunt of Youngstown; an aunt, Ruth Walker of Las Vegas, Nevada; nephews, Richard and Keith Thomas and Walter Allen of California; niece, Monica N. Greene; sister-in-law, Judith L. Greene of Atlanta, Georgia; Goddaughter Frances M. Cooper Polite of Duluth, Ga.; many great-nieces and nephews; cousins ​​and friends. Betty also leaves behind dedicated caregivers, Tiarra Lewis, Fannie Stewart, Jackie Copeland, Jennie Lott Tarr, Janice Deilh, and her primary caregiver/house manager, Aleshia West-Wilder, without whom it would have been impossible to fulfill the promise to keep her House .

Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Joyce E. Thomas; brother, Homer L. Greene Jr.; and his beloved niece, Patricia Thomas Allen.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at LE Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home. The funeral will follow at noon. An Omega Omega service will be held prior to the interment service at the funeral home. Due to the pandemic, all guests are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing.

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