JoAnn Ruby Armentrout Calkins Brindle

August 22, 2019

JoAnn Ruby Armentrout Calkins Brindle age 85 passed away on August 11, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown PA.

JoAnn was born the daughter of William Russell and lmajean (Dunkle) Armentrout, June 28, 1934 at the family home on Adams Road, Clare Michigan.

Following graduation from Clare High School 1951, JoAnn was united in marriage to James Wilson Calkins from 1952 to 1980. To this union were born Russell James, Jill Ann and Cindy Jo. After the children were born she attended and graduated from Delta College School of Nursing and completed a BS and MA from Central Michigan University.

Her nursing career started at Midland Hospital­ including instructor in the School of Practical Nursing, Gladwin Hospital, Central Michigan Hospital-Mt. Pleasant, Oaklawn Hospital (Marshall), Betsy Johnson Memorial Hospital, Dunn, North Carolina and retirement years at VNA/Hospice of Monroe county of E. Stroudsburg, Pa. The majority of years were spent in Nursing Administration. JoAnn was active in professional leadership programs at the state and local levels promoting nursing professionalism, community health care and personal health care. Church membership in respective communities wherever she lived was significant in her roles as Sunday School teacher, small group leader, chaplaincy programs in hospitals, was a Certified Lay Minister in N.C. and active in leadership of the Walk to Emmaus. Jo Ann enjoyed and maintained lifelong friends from every community where she lived. She loved to travel, read, enjoyed theatre and in later years had a hobby of home crafted greeting cards. Her greatest joy was involvement of family and friends and how she could be of encouragement to them.

In 1983 she was united in marriage to Warren Arthur Brindle of Mt. Pleasant Michigan. They spent his retirement years in North Carolina until his death in 1991. Her mission in life was servanthood to Christ and others.
She is survived by children Jill Ann Baker (Bill) of Higgins Lake, Ml, Cindy Jo Bontempo (Richard) of Brodheadsville, PA. Step-children Douglas (Kathy)Brindle of Traverse City, Ml, Craig Brindle of Rosebush,Ml and Karen Brindle of Manistee, MI step-granddaughter Ashley. Grand children Erica Baker Blair, Tracey Calkins Beck (Michael), Kayla Calkins, Kortnee Calkins, Vincent (Felicia) and Russell Bontempo and great­ grandchildren Ella, Clara, Grant Beck and Van Lyons, many nieces and nephews.

Also surviving are her brother Gareld Armentrout of Clare, MI and sister-in-law Ethel Brindle Cross of Andover, Ma.

She was predeceased her by son, Russell Calkins, sister, Glenda Rose Armentrout, grandson William “Billy” James Baker and parents Russell and lmajean.

Memorial services at Eagle Church of God, Clare Ml August 24, 2019 at 1p.m. Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, PA service to be announced. Burial at Arthur Center Cemetery in Clare Michigan.

Contributions to Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, VNA/Hospice of Monroe County or Mountain Top Walk to Emmaus Karen McClincey karen.mcclincey@gmail.com

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