Jerusha A. Herring Armstrong, 72

March 25, 1995|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Jerusha A. Herring Armstrong, a former Baltimore election board clerk and community activist, died Monday of heart failure at her home in Ednor Gardens. She was 72.

She retired in 1986 after 15 years at the Board of Supervisors of Elections. Earlier, she was a store clerk and operated Jeu's Place, a restaurant on Barclay Street.

As a member of the Mount Royal Democratic Club, she was active in city politics.

"She was very active in my early campaigns and was one of my hardest workers," said former state Sen. Julian L. Lapides, president of Mount Royal. "She was the kind of person you wanted in a campaign.

"Jerusha was a wonderful lady and a community activist who deeply cared about the quality of life in the city. They don't make them like her anymore," he said.

"She always had her door open for people in need," said daughter Jeryl L. Armstrong of Baltimore.

Jerusha Armstrong, whose father was a sharecropper, was born in Currie, N.C. She was a 1938 graduate of Pender County Training School.

After graduating, she moved to New York, where she worked for several years and married James A. Armstrong, a carpenter. They moved to Baltimore in 1951. Mr. Armstrong died in 1965.

"She loved traveling and especially visiting her old home, family and friends in North Carolina," Jeryl Armstrong said.

Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the Esther Progressive Temple No. 586 and St. James Methodist Church, 415 Jefferson Ave., Towson, where services were planned for 10 a.m. today.

Other survivors include two sons, Zorthian Armstrong and William A. Armstrong, both of Baltimore; two other daughters, Kenzie V. Pearson and Irma A. Jones, both of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Memorial donations may be made to HERO, 101 W. Read St., Baltimore 21201.

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