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Obituary for Betty Armstrong

Betty Armstrong, age 87 of Northfield, passed away Monday afternoon, July 3, 2017, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Betty Jean Baldwin Armstrong was born January 10, 1930, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Earl and Jeannie (Brown) Baldwin. Betty’s father was the groundskeeper at Carleton College so Betty was literally raised in Laird Stadium in the apartment that was provided for their family. She attended Northfield schools and graduated from Northfield High School in 1948. Following high school she worked as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell.

On November 18, 1950, Betty married Lealand George Armstrong in Dundas. Lee was serving in the US Army and after marriage he was deployed in Panama. Six months later Betty joined him there. They spent 27 months living on the Army base that was surrounded by the Panamanian jungle populated with Bushmaster snakes and Black Panthers. Following Lee’s honorable discharge they moved to Northfield and spent the next 60 years in their home on West 9th Street. In 1961, Betty began working as a switch board operator for Carleton College. She remained with Carleton until retiring in 1995. In retirement Betty and Lee loved to travel. They shared a happy life together until his death on June 8, 2013.

Betty was a member of First United Church of Christ. She enjoyed the many years she spent as part of the retired telephone operator group that met monthly. Betty was an avid football fan which developed as a child in those years at Laird Stadium, always grew beautiful flowers, was a good cook, had a good sense of humor, was happy to be at home with her family, and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her sons Marvin (Kathy) of Faribault, Marshall (Ann) of Northfield; her grandchildren Travis (Tamara) Armstrong, Kelsey Jenson (Jon Platt), Thomas Jenson, all of Faribault; 5 great-grandchildren Nevaeh, Brenna, Alaina, Adrian, Colton; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her brother Earl Baldwin.

Services will be 10:30AM, Saturday, July 8, 2017, at First United Church of Christ in Northfield. Interment will be in Northfield Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7PM Friday, July 7, 2017, at Bierman Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with the Bierman Funeral Home. www.biermanfuneralhome.com

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10:30 AM - July 8, 2017

Visitation One Hour Before Service
First United Church of Christ
300 Union St Northfield, 55057 Get Directions


4:00 PM - July 7, 2017 -

Bierman Funeral Home
1316 Division St S Northfield, 55057 Get Directions


Burial: 11:30 AM - July 8, 2017

Northfield Cemetary
1315 Division Street South Northfield, 55057 Get Directions


  1. Lorie Tuma

    Betty was a wonderful Carleton staff member, who always had a smile on her face. She will be remembered fondly by all who knew her. My deep condolence to the family.

  2. Dena Eggum

    I gave Betty perms at great clips I’m shocked to hear she passed away. I will miss her at the salon and am so sad. I will cherish our visits. My condolences to the family.


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