A memorial service for Dr. Johnny Armstrong Abbey, 85, of Tyler, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at noon at Marvin United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gerry Giles officiating.
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A private family burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Dr. Abbey passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at The Hospice of East Texas.
She was born Feb. 16, 1928, in Godley, to Roy and Opal Armstrong.
Johnny graduated from Cleburne High School. She went on to graduate from North Texas Agricultural College as Outstanding Business Student before transferring to The University of Texas at Austin where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration. Later, she attended Texas A&M University at Commerce where she received her Doctorate in Education.
Dr. Abbey had a distinguished career in teaching, including the Business Department of Clifton Junior College, Cannon's School of Business in Honolulu, Hawaii, the American School of Business in Fort Worth and Tyler Junior College. Johnny joined the Office Technology faculty of Tyler Junior College in 1949 and retired after 44 years of successful and joyful teaching. During numerous summers, she worked diligently to remain current with the expectations for secretaries and other office employees. With such timely knowledge, she was able to devise a special intern program for graduating secretarial sophomores. Being an honorary member of the Professional Secretaries International, she was able to assign these special graduates to members of the association at various Tyler business offices.
After retiring, Dr. Abbey became a "professional volunteer." Her church opportunities involved Sunday school teaching as well as office duties. Other memberships included United Methodist Women, Tyler Council of Church Women, Tyler Woman's Forum, Tyler Woman's Building Board, The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, Smith County Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association, The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Smith County Historical Society, Camp Ford Historical Association, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Alumnae, Women's Symphony League of Tyler, the Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County, and the volunteer organization of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.
Johnny was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Abbey, Jr.; and her parents, Roy Sr. and Opal Armstrong.
She is survived by her loving family including her daughters, Kristin George and her husband Ranji, of Frisco, and Donna Gonzalez, of Tyler; granddaughter, Abbey Gonzalez; brother, Roy Armstrong Jr. and his wife Amy, of Wilmington, Del.; and nieces, Megan Armstrong and Katie Gulick and her husband Greg.
If desired, memorials may be made to The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701; or Marvin United Methodist Church, 300 W. Erwin St., Tyler, 75702.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 5, 2014