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Nancy's Story

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Nancy Armstrong was born in Corsicana, Navarro County on Dec. 24, 1942, to her parents Johnie Otha McCrory and Elzie Vera Hill McCrory. The family lived in Corsicana and Emhouse, and later moved to Purdon. She graduated from Dawson High School in 1960. After graduating from high school she moved to Lancaster and lived with her brother Oscar and sister-in-law, Elizabeth and worked in downtown Dallas.
Nancy met her future husband, Strain Armstrong, one night at the Dairy Mart in Corsicana in May, 1963, and they were married five months later on Oct. 5, 1963. They lived in Orange, where he taught school and she worked for Joiner Insurance Company before enrolling in college at Lamar University in Beaumont. On May 31, 1969, she received her Bachelor's of Science in Education Degree. She earned her degree in three years, attending Lamar during the fall and spring semesters and attending North Texas at Denton during the summers.
She taught elementary school in the West Orange-Cove Independent School District for 28 years. She and Strain had two children, Jenifer Ann, born Aug. 10, 1971, and Josh born May 10, 1980. They were members of The First United Methodist Church and later joined The North Orange Baptist Church. She played the piano in the assembly part of her Life Group. The last year there, 2002, she and Strain joined the church on a very meaningful mission trip to the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico and Arizona.
She and Strain moved to Liberty Hill, Williamson County, in 2002. They joined First Baptist Church Georgetown at that time and have been members there ever since. She served in several capacities at the church. She served in the Stephen Ministry until her health would not allow her to continue.
Nancy was diagnosed with Stage IV parotid gland cancer in late February and fought a courageous fight until the dreaded disease took her life on the evening of Sept. 1, 2017.
She is survived by her husband, Strain, of nearly 54 years, her daughter Jenifer and her husband, Tom Blackmon; son Josh Armstrong; grandchildren, Brody and Bailey Blackmon, all of Round Rock and her brother, Oscar Lynn McCrory of Purdon.
There will be a memorial for Nancy at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at First Baptist Church Georgetown with Pastor David Griffin officiating.
Cremated remains will be buried on the Armstrong Plot of the Frost Cemetery in Frost.
In lieu of flowers, it would be appreciated if donations could be directed to the Frost Cemetery Association, PO Box 178, Frost, Texas 76641.
You may share a message or memory in the online memorial guestbook at www.RamseyFuneral.com.
Published on September 7, 2017
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