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
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
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
She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Rosalene Armstrong, and siblings—Archibald, Ivan, Billy, Efuah, Bobbie
Ruth Joylyn Armstrong-Ross was laid to rest at the Buxton Cemetery on 8th January, 2015.