Arlene Stephens Armstrong, 83, of Louisa, Ky., passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday (March 23, 2014), a victim of the complications of Alzheimer's.
She was born in Barlow, Ohio, on March 8, 1931, to the late Lawrence and Esta Lynch Stephens.
Preceding her in death were brothers, Forest, Dale, Russel, Dana Stephens; sisters, Lucile S. Ellis, Belva Stephens, Ruth S. Quimby; sister-in-law, Mary Anne A. Dennis Veyon; and her son-in-law, John A. White.
She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Robert L. "Bob" Armstrong; a daughter, Patricia A. White of Round Hill, Va.; son, Mike (Toni) Armstrong of Louisa; grandson, John A. (Lori) White II of Holly Springs, N.C.; granddaughter, Heather W. (Joe) Swartz of Purcellville, Va.; and six great-grandchildren, Rockwell, Haden, Eva, Caleb Swartz, Isabella and Vivian White; brother, Kenneth (Sarah Ann) Stephens of Barlow, Ohio; seven nephews; and five nieces.
She was a member of the Louisa United Methodist Church and was the impetus behind the women decorating the church's Christmas tree Chrismon ornaments. Arlene was an ardent reader and cross-word puzzle solver, and loved growing plants and flowers. During she and Bob's 20 years of retirement in Murrells Inlet, S.C., Arlene was president of a local garden club, where they often visited elementary schools and she would pass along her love of plant growing and gardening. Arlene was especially well known for her cooking and baking and her table was always open to family, friends, and neighbors anytime but especially for a special occasion or holiday meal. Starting as a volunteer literacy tutor at the Lawrence County Public Library she eventually worked as the director of the Lawrence County Literacy Program. She was also the organizer of the first Lawrence County United Way. At her South Carolina Eastern Star Lodge, she served as Worthy Matron.
A celebration service of her life will be held Saturday (April 12) starting at 11 a.m. at the Louisa United Methodist Church, 816 Pine Hill Road, in Louisa, Ky. The family will receive and greet friends and acquaintances on that Saturday at the church beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing 'till the start of the service. In keeping with her wishes, her earthly body was willed to the Marshall Medical School to forward the science of medicine and the study of Alzheimer's.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Louisa United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 26, Louisa, Ky., 41230; or the Ashland Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, Ky., 41101.
For questions or information, please call the LUMC at (606) 638-4404.