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Betsy Louise Brumfield Armes, 71

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Betsy Louise Brumfield Armes, 71, passed away at the Hospice Center of the Bluegrass at Saint Joseph Hospital, Lexington, on March 2, 2013. Betsy was born in Lexington on March 31, 1941, to the late Fred Hampton Brumfield and Mary Evelyn Owen Brumfield. From her youngest days, her life was enriched by the unfailing kindness of her big sister, Shirley Kathryn Brumfield Walters of Lexington. She attended Julia R. Ewan Elementary School and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1959. Betsy worked at Lake Central Airlines in Indianapolis and enjoyed exploring the country through the perks of her job. Betsy was a loving wife to her late husband, David Hunt Armes, her overseas pen pal before their marriage. They were married almost 46 years, until David’s death in 2011. The couple took great pride in their two daughters: Elizabeth Hunt Armes (Noel) Reucroft of Lexington, and Anya Louise Armes (Robert) Weber of Frankfort. Betsy was a dedicated mother who tenderly cared for her daughters. She took them for daily adventures at nearby Castlewood Park, made special goodies for guests at every one of their birthday parties and sewed their outfits for holidays, picture days and high school dances. An avid reader, she took her daughters on regular trips to the local library. She encouraged her grandchildren’s reading, too, giving them books for every occasion. Every Christmas, she supported programs that helped children find fun and adventure through reading. Betsy devotedly followed the activities of the royal family of her husband’s native England. She enjoyed crafting, scrapbooking, baking and watching her spring bushes and flowers bloom. Betsy loved the thrill of weekend NASCAR races and the peace of tranquil weekend drives through the Central KY countryside and visits to state parks with David. Betsy will be fondly remembered as a strong and generous woman with a deep concern for the well-being of others.

In addition to her daughters and sister, she is survived by five grandchildren, Frederick, Owen and Malcolm Reucroft; and James and Emma Weber; and one sister-in-law, Avril Teasdale of Heysham, Lancashire, England.

A reception to honor Betsy is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013, with a memorial service at 6 p.m. at the Bell House, 545 Sayre Ave., Lexington, Ky. Betsy’s family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of the Bluegrass and Mayfair Manor for their special care of Betsy in her time of need. Donations in Betsy’s memory may be made to the Lexington Public Library Foundation, 140 E. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507, or www.lexpublib.org/foundation.

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