Memorial Service to be Held March 18 for Ruth Freed Armstrong, Wife of Longtime NRB Leader Dr. Ben Armstrong

Ruth Freed ArmstrongRuth (Freed) Armstrong, 93, the widow of the late Dr. Benjamin L. Armstrong, NRB's longest serving leader, and sister of TWR’s late Founder, Dr. Paul E. Freed, passed away on Sunday, February 19, at Buckingham Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

In the 1980s, during NRB’s annual Conventions in Washington, D.C., Armstrong assisted her husband as a hostess and coordinator for the head table, seating congressmen, senators, FCC commissioners, Christian ministry leaders, recording artists, and members of NRB.  Along with her husband, Armstrong hosted U.S. Presidents, First Ladies, and Vice Presidents who spoke at the NRB Convention, including Gerald Ford, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, George H. W. and Barbara Bush, and Dan Quayle. Armstrong also presented an award to Nancy Reagan for her "Just Say No" Program.

Armstrong’s husband of 64 years served as Executive Secretary (later Executive Director) of NRB beginning in 1966. He retired in 1989 and was succeeded the following year by Dr. E. Brandt Gustavson, who would serve as President of NRB until his death in 2002. Dr. Armstrong went to be with the Lord in 2010.

A memorial service for Ruth Armstrong will be held on March 18 at 2 p.m. at the Silverdale Brethren in Christ Church in Silverdale, Pennsylvania.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tom and Ellie Streeter, TWR, P.O. Box 8700, Cary, NC 27512-8700. The Streeters lovingly cared for Armstrong’s step-mother, Norah Freed, for decades.

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By NRB Staff

Published: March 16, 2017


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