Elizabeth "Beth" Armstrong, 71, of Marietta Ga., died unexpectedly on Monday, May 24, 2021. She grew up in Charlotte, N.C., where at East Mecklenburg High School she met her future husband, Larry. They were only weeks away from celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. She was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Grover Leroy Smith. In addition to Larry, she is survived by her sons, Scott, his wife Jennifer, and children Abby and James; and Matt, and his wife Eve, and children Jake and Charlotte, all of Marietta. She is also survived by her brother, Grover Smith and wife Chelsi and their family who live in Charlotte; her brother in law Sam Armstrong & wife Sherry from Murchinson, TX; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Beth's memorial service will be held at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 11 am. With her Early Childhood Education degree from the University of South Carolina, and advanced degrees from UNC-Charlotte and Brenau University, Beth enjoyed a nearly 32 year teaching career, most all spent at Sedalia Park Elementary in East Cobb County. There she loved on and helped guide the lives of her many kindergartners who benefited from the simple fact that she had a genuine understanding of the needs of children. Beth was a faithful Christian whose gift was to encourage and bring joy to other people. Voted "Most Friendly" in high school she lived up to that honor for the rest of her beautiful life. As the "First Lady" of Thompson Fellowship Sunday School Class at Mt. Bethel UMC her job for many years was to arrange meal deliveries for anyone in class who had surgery or lost a loved one. She also published a weekly "Fellowship News" to keep her friends informed, and always closed the newsletter with a meaningful Bible verse and an encouraging word for the coming week. She held several several committee chairs as a long time member of the Chattahoochee Plantation Women's Club, most recently heading up the "Savvy Women's Evening Group". Beth arranged and hosted countless family get- togethers at her home to celebrate the birthdays and anniversaries of her two boys, daughters-in-law, and beloved grandchildren. No one was left out even if she had to combine a few into one event and she always provided her delicious "7 UP pound cake". Relaxing with Larry in their new "Birdroom" or on the patio in her backyard garden brought her hours of joy and she would often have out-loud conversations with the wildlife—especially the Bluebirds. She and Larry led over 40 mission teams to the "hollers" of West Virginia where she continued to grow the number of people who she blessed and in return blessed her. Beth was the one who shined the light on everyone in her life and did not want the light shined on her. After Larry commented that a new bright yellow t-shirt she bought with the phrase "Here Comes the Sun" was a perfect reflection of the immediate impact she had on everyone, she said, "No...this shirt is not about me. I thought it meant summer was on the way"! Larry tried to backtrack, but the damage was done and the pretty shirt was returned the next day. Beth was a veteran traveler whose feet touched six of the seven continents, and learned to pack everything she needed into a small suitcase that would fit overhead on the plane—even for a 10 day trip to Israel with several of her and Larry's Sunday School friends in 2019—and still manage to look different in every photo. She enjoyed playing Pickleball with her "Wednesday Wacky Women's" group and managed a big win on the court with Larry the Saturday just before she died. Beth had many close friendships in her lifetime, and in their own way, each was as precious to her as the other. Her favorite place other than her garden was the beach—hands down. She didn't have to go half way around the world. Over her lifetime, Beth developed an abiding faith in God. She attended countless Bible studies, attended ladies circle meetings, and volunteered for several programs at church—all devoted to service to others. It is comforting to her family and friends to know--with certainty--that she is in our Lord's loving arms and preparing for the day she will see all of us again for yet another family get together!
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