‘Forever Young’ Dr. Jeanette Armstrong celebrates 77th birthday

Dr. Jeanette Armstrong (center) celebrates her 77th birthday with family and friends at ‘Forever Young’ gathering

Dr. Jeanette Armstrong (center) celebrates her 77th birthday with family and friends at ‘Forever Young’ gathering. (photo by Wanda Clay)

Dr. Jeanette Armstrong made her regular Tuesday visit to 15th Avenue Baptist Church on October 4. She was accompanied by friends and family who came to celebrate her 77th birthday with cake and ice cream and pizza.

Dr. Armstrong is a retired supervisor with the Home Economics Department of the Metropolitan School system and the Metro Central Office.

She had been a ‘home economics’ teacher for many, many years.

Currently, she is a member and deacon of the 15th Avenue Church. Her husband, James Armstrong (or ‘Coach’) who preceded her in death, was also a deacon at the church.

“They were quite a couple and beloved by the pastor, Rev. Dr. William Franklin Buchanan,” said Sharon Shaw-McEwen, former neighbor and niece to Dr. Armstrong. (Dr. Buchanan is recently deceased also.) “The Armstrongs were very active in the church, going above and beyond to make lasting donations to the church.

Armstrong is the recipient of many awards. Among her contributions to her church was the opening of the childcare center.

“Aunt Jeanette is an excellent teacher, able administrator and a God fearing woman,” said Shaw-McEwen.

Dr. Jeanette celebrated her birthday in the 15th Avenue fellowship hall where every Tuesday seniors gather for ‘Forever Young.’ The participants gather for bingo, bridge, chair exercises with Minnie Goodman and other activities and means of accessing valuable information.

“We need to give information as well as food, fellowship and fun,” said Bettye Burgess, Forever Young coordinator.

In addition to the games, they also hold workshops that provide information on Alzheimers and Medicaid. Shirley Johnson, retired RN, also offers blood pressure checks, sugar level testing and other health issue tests.

Forever Young is open to members of 15th Avenue and the community who are 55+ years old.

15th Avenue Baptist Church is located at 1203 9th Avenue North. Rev. Joseph Tribble is the pastor.