Betty L. Armstrong Wallace
Betty was born at 3456 South Bannock St., Englewood, CO on December 18, 1926, to Theodore and Esther Armstrong. The second born of six children, Betty grew up in Englewood. From early childhood she attended Mayflower Congregational Church and participated in the choir until she was 86.
She was a student at North Elementary School and graduated from Englewood Jr./Sr. High School. She married Beryl Wallace, Jr., April 19, 1945 shortly before her graduation.
After Beryl’s Navy service, they moved to California where she began a lifetime of community service. Betty was a Den Mother for Cub Scouts and worked with Boy Scouts in California and Colorado.
In Colorado, she volunteered with the Red Cross that led to her employment as Regional Administrator for Arapahoe County. Betty implement the learn to swim program including Teach Johnny to Swim, which involved a small pool traveling to outlaying areas of Arapahoe County. She assisted in the Red Cross Relief effort during the 1965 Platte River Flood.
As a member of Colorado Association of Swimming Officials, (CASO), she officiated many high school, college and university swim meets for over 30 years. Betty also helped with the Englewood AAU swim teams.
She served on the Englewood Recreation Council and Englewood Recreation Board becoming involved with the sale of Englewood City Park and the creation of seven neighborhood parks and two swimming pools. She was elected to the South Suburban Recreation Committee. During her time on this Committee she worked with Marie DeKoevend to donate land for the DeKoevend Open Space Park located near Arapahoe Road and University Ave.
Englewood was known as the Carnation City as a number of greenhouses were located in the community. Betty served as president of the Carnation Women’s Club. During her time with the club she was on the committee to give Christmas presents to residents at the Mount View Girls Home. She participated on the Carnation Club Community Ambassador Committee (a precursor to the Peace Corp) naming and sponsoring volunteers to oversea assignments such as Nigeria.
This energetic woman also was a member of the PTA for Englewood Schools, Civil defense Chairman at Clayton Elementary School, Englewood United Nations Committee chairman, an Arapahoe County Civil Defense Chairman, docent for the Coors Art Exhibit at the National Western Stock Show and on the Marina Point HOA board.
She was a member of Eastern Star and was Past President of PEO.
This busy lady still had time to driver her four children to their activities. She was responsible for her 19 years younger brother, Joe, learning to swim and participating on swim teams, and swam with her son Mike on the Englewood H.S. team. Betty became a mom to a foreign exchange student from Swaziland. She earned her Ham Radio license and had passions for oil painting, fishing, camping and Ports of Call travel.
As a senior citizen she joined the Colorado Historic Society, volunteering as a docent for the Artist of America Shows, serving on the Fashion Show Committee to hold historic fashion shows using the Museum’s collection as fundraisers.
Her final years were spent productively serving with Interfaith Warm Hearts and Warm Babies crocheting hats for newborns. This led to recognition as Channel 7 Everyday Hero in January 2020.
Betty is survived by her children, Michael, Mark (Jackie), Martin, Barbara Whitney (Jim), and Harry Nxumalo in Eswatini, Africa; her brother Joe (Maggie); thirteen grandchildren; twelve gr. grandchildren, and multiple nephews and nieces. Her three sisters and one brother, Carolyn Armstrong, Kathryn Thompson, Lois Minor, Ted Armstrong and her former husband Beryl Wallace, Jr, preceded her in death.
Donations in her memory can be made to Mayflower Congregational Church,
3001 South Acoma St., Englewood, CO