Feb 1, 2015

Obituary: Ruth Armstrong-Ross

23 October, 1960 — 1 January, 2015


On the 23rd day of October, 1960, Joseph & Rosaline Armstrong welcomed their first daughter into this world. They named her Ruth Joylyn Armstrong. As a child, she was funny, jovial and very friendly. Her parents, being devoted Christians, guided her to become grounded in the evangelical faith. The late Joseph Armstrong, who was a pastor at the Christian Brethren Assembly (Brethren Church) was very serious with the Doctrine. He ensured that his children attended Sunday services for at least four sessions. In addition, they were always present for weekday programmes at the Church. During her formative years, Ruth attended Friendship Government Primary School, Buxton Government Secondary School and Bladen Hall Multilateral School. She proceeded to become a school teacher, capping her 37-year career as the Headmistress of Dolphin Government School in Charlestown, Georgetown. She also served at primary schools located in Kamarang, Bartica, Port Kaituma and Strathspey. Moving up in the profession, she taught at Golden Grove Secondary School, St. Rose’s High School, St. Stanislaus College and Tutorial High School. Her illustrious teaching career commenced on 3rd October, 1977 as a pupil teacher at Kamarang Primary School. Though the job took her far away from the comforts and security of her home in Buxton, she was not afraid to face what could be a major challenge for many a 17-year old lass. Moreover, her father was not comfortable with the thought of his young daughter residing alone in the distant location. Her mother managed to persuade him to allow Ruth to take up the appointment. From the inception, she grew to love her vocation and all of the students who came under her care. She took steps to improve her qualification and skills as an educationist by completing training at the Cyril Potter College of Education. She also successfully completed programmes at Critchlow Labour College, Guyana School of Agriculture and the University of Guyana. From the university, she obtained a diploma in Social Work, with distinction. On 28th December, 1996, Ruth tied the knot with Lieutenant Colonel Tony Linden Ross, a dashing officer in the Guyana Defence Force. Their happy union was cut short by his death twelve years later. “Miss Ruth,” as she was affectionately called, made many friends in her lifetime. They meant a lot to her, and she cherished those associations dearly. She loved life. She also loved the finer things offered in life and worked hard to achieve them. She was quite a versatile individual. Her warm smile, kind spirit and sociable personality will live on in her loving memory. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Rosalene Armstrong, and siblings—Archibald, Ivan, Billy, Efuah, Bobbie and Dale. Ruth Joylyn Armstrong-Ross was laid to rest at the Buxton Cemetery on 8th January, 2015.


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