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07/19/16 - NNHS Newsletter -
Elizabeth Weston Armstrong

Elizabeth Weston Armstrong
(21 Jan 1922 - 17 July 2016)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
   We have still more sad news today. 
 Elizabeth Weston Armstrong, Class of @ 1939, widow of Howard Armstrong (@ '39), passed away in Newport News on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the age of 94.

From the Daily Press - 07/19/16:

                   Elizabeth Weston Armstrong


NEWPORT NEWS - Elizabeth Weston Armstrong, affectionately known as Nana, passed away Sunday morning, July 17, peacefully in her sleep.

Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on January 21, 1922, to James Columbus Weston and Carrie Batchelor Weston, she was the youngest of five children.

She moved to Newport News, Virginia in 1932 where she later graduated from Newport News High School and also met and married Howard Turner Armstrong (Papa) on July 1, 1941. God blessed them with 5 children and a rich family life in which Elizabeth enjoyed many days of being a wife and mother.

She and her family were members at First Friends Church for many years and then later joined Northside Christian Church. She had a deep genuine faith in Jesus and a deep understanding of His grace which opened up the wellspring of love which she poured out upon her family, her greatest treasure on this earth.

Elizabeth was very active in the Riverdale Garden Club and later worked at McDonald's Garden Center as a floral designer. She had many artistic gifts which she shared freely and blessed others with often.


Elizabeth Weston Armstrong

After the unexpected death of her husband at the young age of 61, Elizabeth entered a new season. By this time, she was known as Nana, but was still young and full of life. Out of her grief, she and her daughter Carolyn opened a small gift shop called "Nana's House." For 10 years they enjoyed the opportunity to serve the community with handcrafted and beautiful gifts and in those days she became Nana to many beyond her family.

Nana was most happy with a baby on her lap, and as her family continued to grow many of her great-grandchildren endeared her with the name Nana Pickle. She loved spending time reading to them, hunting shells with them on the beach, visiting the dollar store, working puzzles and teaching them skills like knitting and gardening.

She spent much time praying for her children and grandchildren, calling down the blessings of heaven upon each of them. Elizabeth had a special fondness for birds. She loved to feed them and watch them. Throughout her life she knew, "His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me." She knows that fully now. As Nana grew older, she loved to talk about heaven. Her family is comforted in knowing that she lived a full, long life and that they will one day see her there. "With long life I will satisfy him, and let him behold My salvation." (Psalm 91:16)

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, James Columbus Weston and Carrie Batchelor Weston; her four siblings; and her husband, Howard Turner Armstrong.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn and husband Adrian of Newport News, VA; her son, Bobby and wife Joyce of Suffolk; her son, Tommy and wife Nancy of Suffolk; her daughter, Kay and husband Gary of Katy, TX; and her daughter, Susan and husband Tommy of Atlanta, GA. She had 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren, one who was born on the same day she passed away.

She was also loved by many beyond her family. Many called her "Nana" because many knew her deep love extended to them too. She spent the last three years of her life at St. Francis Nursing Center where she was also affectionately known as "Queenie". Her family is beyond grateful to the Bernadine Staff for the loving care she received there.

A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday at 2pm at Northside Christian Church, 1300 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown, VA 23693. Visitation will begin at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to Northside Christian Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on July 19, 2016.

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July 19, 2016

Nana, I will never forget the trip from Savannah to Hampton in 2007. What a wonderful memory. We will miss all the special times we had. You are the greatest!

Howard and Patty Thomas

~ Howard and Patty Thomas, Poquoson, Virginia

July 19, 2016

My heart goes out to you. You and your family are in my and Bobby's thoughts and prayers, Kay. You know I love you.

~ Bobby and Sharon Phillips, Texas

July 19, 2016

  We are all very fortunate to have had such wonderful mothers (Nanas) who were also very good friends. I know you all will miss her. She lived a long and beautiful life. I enjoyed talking with her at our reunion at Barb's in 2012 and at Tommy's house.

~ Richard Craig Smith, Mechanicsville, Virginia

July 19, 2016

It sounds like she was an absolutely wonderful woman. With her love of the Lord, I know she's resting in his arms. May God give you strength and comfort. Fb friend of Tony Armstrong

~ Linda Hanno, Mattydale, New York  

July 19, 2016

Carolyn - Blessings to you and all your family. May the love and grace we all have found in Christ - bring you peace and well up the hope we have for that one great reunion. Much Love - Doug and Dianne Carter

~ Doug Carter, Chesapeake, Virginia

July 19, 2016

  Queenie, the St. Francis family will miss you so much. I hope you are up there giving everyone a tight generous hug as you always do.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.

~ Josephine Paul, Newport News, Virginia

July 20, 2016

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God has called another Angel home.
Brenda, Matt and John Grizzard

~ Brenda, Matt and John Grizzard

July 20, 2016

We are so happy to have had the pleasure of knowing Nana. She was dearly loved by so many because of her own kind and loving heart. Though she will certainly be missed, God granted her a wonderful life with a wonderful family.

~ Dave and Nancy Bouteiller, Newport News, Virginia

July 20, 2016

  Thinking of the family during this difficult time.

~ Kathleen Peck, Naples, Florida

July 2019, 2016

Our condolences to you, Kay, and your family. May all the wonderful memories embrace and comfort you as you grieve. We love you! Dana and Jack

~ Dana Duke, Cypress, Texas

July 21, 2016



July 21, 2016



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Nana's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by
George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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