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Joy Armstrong, 90 year old Woodward resident, died Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Clinton. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2016 at the First Assembly of God Church with the Reverend Gary Gonsolus officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Joy Isabelle (Lile) Armstrong was born September 20, 1925 at the homestead of grandfather, C.R. Lile, near Edith, Oklahoma to Paul Richard and Eva Maud (Bradt) Lile. Joy's childhood was spent northwest of Freedom. Joy was united in marriage to Henry Edsel Trammell on October 27, 1942. To this union two daughters were born, Rickie Carol and Cheryl Starlene. The family moved from Freedom to Woodward in May of 1957 and Joy started her various occupations outside the home; Cowdens, Young's Nursing Home, Cauddell Motel, Safeway Food Store and she spent 16 years at Ideal Food Store as a meat wrapper and checker.

In January of 1952, Joy received the Lord and Savior into her heart. She began preaching the Gospel in 1958 at various small churches in the area, filling in while they were without pastors, all the while working at Ideal Food Store. She pastored at the Vici Full Gospel Church for almost two years, the Woodward Pentecostal Holiness Church from 1961 to the fall of 1963. In January of 1964, Joy began pastoring at the Higgins Assembly of God in Higgins, Texas; she continued pastoring there until May of 1969.
Joy started attending and became a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Woodward, except when she was pastoring other churches and she was a member there at the time of her death.

On February 21, 1976, Joy was united in marriage to Frank Russell Armstrong in Woodward, Oklahoma. Joy retired from Ideal Food Store in 1980 and started ministering at the nursing homes in Woodward. She held weekly services, preached, sang, and prayed for over ten years. Joy's special activities included guitar playing, which she taught herself, singing, including singing special songs at church and the nursing homes, writing poetry, song, and stories.

Joy was diagnosed with cancer in January of 1991 and she went through a series of eight radiation treatments and survived for 25 years. In April of 1991, Joy's youngest daughter Cheryl was also diagnosed with cancer and went through chemotherapy and radiation for five years.

She started a greeting card ministry after her bout with cancer, when she wasn't able to hold services at the nursing homes any longer due to her health. She has blessed multitudes of people on their birthday and other special occasions, as well as when their hearts were hurting and they were ill. A lot of people have at one time or another been blessed with one of Joy's cards with many stickers and inserts.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, Edsel and Russell, and her daughter Cheryl Freeman.

Survivors include her daughter, Rickie Greenwood and husband Gary of Oklahoma City; grandson, Randy Goucher and wife Debbie; granddaughter, Rhonda Weil and husband Dwain; grandson, Doug Poston and wife Deanna; great-granddaughter, Lindsay Pope; great-grandson, Luke Goucher and wife Megan; great-grandson, Dillon Poston; great-great-grandchildren, Kimber and Colt Pope; step-daughters, Ruth Ann Briggs and husband Eddie, Reata Merkley and husband Bobby; many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church with the funeral home accepting the contributions on behalf of the family.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on July 13, 2016
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