Virginia Armstrong

April 5, 1929December 30, 2012

Dr. Virginia R. Armstrong passed away December 30th, after a brief illness. Virginia was a resident of Norfolk for over 50 years, devoted to the community as an educator and volunteer. She worked for Norfolk Public Schools for 30 years, both as a social studies teacher and assistant principal. Virginia obtained her BA and MA from Old Dominion University, and her Doctorate, at 50, from The College of William and Mary.

She was born in Columbus, Ohio April 5, 1929, as Virginia Richards. She traveled extensively as a Naval officer’s wife for 18 years, and settled in Norfolk, where she later married James Armstrong, and was widowed in 1983. Virginia is survived by her children: Margaret D. Dolson, Caroline Beierschmitt (deceased), Edward R. Day III , and James S. Day. She had 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Virginia was a member of Second Presbyterian Church where she served on Sessions-which is the board of directors of the church. Children’s church was one of her favorite activities to be involved.

She was a founding member of the Second District Women’s Political Caucus and Served as its’ President. In addition, she served on the state board of the Virginia Women’s Political Caucus and attended many national conventions of the caucus and supported it financially. She was avid supporter of women and women’s issues and worked hard to make sure that legislation that effected women and children was passed.

Virginia was an avid supporter of the YWCA of South Hampton Roads where she served on the board of directors as well as President. Recently, Virginia was elected President of the League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads where she worked hard to make sure that individuals who were not registered were able to get Registered prior to the election.

As a volunteer, Virginia worked at St. Columba Ministries where she served on the Board of Directors and worked with those who were homeless and need resources such as food, shelter, and medical care.

Dr. Armstrong was a consistent mentor of children and never judged them but always found good in all. For many years she assisted many children to stay in school and graduate. She instilled in them the love of education and how they could go anywhere if they had a great education.

She retired from Norfolk Public Schools and in 2004 she formed her own Educational Consulting firm where she consulted with Virginia State Department of Education to work with local school districts on assessing teacher skills and how teachers could improve their instructional methods. In addition, she did educational consulting for Norfolk Collegiate School. Virginia taught graduate level courses for school administrator for the University of Virginia.

Virginia compiled a collection of essays about women and their relationships with their mothers. The title of the book was “The Things I Would Never Tell My Mother.” In addition, she wrote poetry and was always contributing to the local newspaper editorial page. Yearly, she attended one of her favorite conferences which was the Conference on Humor. She always said that laughter was the best medicine and she often wrote about it.

Dr. Armstrong was never afraid of trying new things and in her seventies learned how to kayak as well as scuba dive. She was an avid music and art aficionado.

Virginia will be remembered most for her generosity and the genuine positive spin she put on everything. Donations to the new James and Virginia Armstrong Old Dominion University Mother’s Scholarship Fund will be accepted at the memorial service, with more specific information available at that time.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 4th, at Second Presbyterian Church, 7305 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia. Family will be receiving friends Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at 201 College Place #213, Norfolk, Virginia 23510. Condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 4, 2013

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Barbara Willis Callahan

January 13, 2013

Margie, my sister Brooke pointed this out to me. I am Barbara (Willis), say no more...Your family has a real place in my heart, and I admired your Mom from the very early days in Hawaii Ct. Prayers and comfort to you and family.

Ellen Carlson

January 7, 2013

I remember Virginia as one of the catalysts for my departure from the Republican party and the reinforcer of my commitment to bringing girls and women to full citizenship in this country. I will be grateful always for her wry wit, clear intellect and warm personality. Thank you for all your contributions, Virginia - you really made a difference!

sandra comer

January 5, 2013

Sorry to hear of her deaths. I taught with Virginia at Maury many years ago and knew she was a special person.

Aaron Hatten

January 4, 2013

To the Family of Dr. Virginia Armstrong
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal, remember All Day and All Night God has got his angels watching over you.
My deepest sympathy to you the entire family during you hour of bereavement.
Virginia was great lady whom I got to know, and I will cherish every memory we had.
Yours in Christ
Second Presbyterian Member
Aaron H. Hatten

Jane Klein Goldman

January 4, 2013

Virginia was an inspiration in every way, from her beautiful sense of humor to her ready words of encouragement and her persistence over time in the pursuit of social justice and fairness in our society. Her warm smile brought sunshine into every encounter. I admired her greatly and will miss her!

Carolyn Caywood

January 4, 2013

I am so glad to have had the opportunity to serve with Virginia on the board of the League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads. My only regret is that I did not get to know this wonderful woman until a year ago.

January 3, 2013

Virginia was an Assistant Principal at one of the Norfolk high schools where I worked as Guidance Counselor. She was such a kind person, sensitive, open, and understanding. A memorable moment for me was a presentation she made maybe at an Honor Society or Honor Roll recognition event. Her topic was "The Power of One", and she drew on personal experience to inspire and inform. The message of that day has stuck with me. Thank you, Dr. Armstrong.

Guidance Counselor (Ret.)

January 3, 2013

As a student teacher in the late 60's, I observed Mrs. Armstrong's government class. Later we were assistant principals together at Norview High. Virginia's nice smile and easy going personality made her great at public relations, and her extensive knowledge and common sense made for a solid administrator. She could be warm and friendly, but at the same time was no nonsense and all business.

Richard Kyle, Virginia Beach, VA

Eva Widhalm

January 3, 2013

As one of the many in whose lives Virginia made a difference that cannot be measured I feel so fortunate to have gotten to know her. I will miss you, Virginia, but I know you are leaving a legacy of love and great memories to all of us! Thank you!

Brenda Neumon Lewis

January 3, 2013

I am so sad to learn of the passing of this wonderful woman. I will cherish your sense of humor and your total commitment to all things right and good.