Mrs. Miriam A. Armstrong resided in San Francisco, Ca. until she departed this earthly life November 4, 2019.
Miriam (twin brother Moses Hamilton) the ninth and tenth children born to Mr. James Grandville Hamilton and Elouise Hamilton Gray in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Miriam graduated from Second Ward Colored High School, Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she excelled academically.
Miriam relocated to San Francisco where she attended San Francisco State College. One day Miriam noticed an advertisement that said “Join the Army and see the World”. Without hesitation Miriam enlisted in the Women's Army Corp, Ft. Lee, Virginia and Fort Dix, New Jersey where she met and married Nathaniel Armstrong Jr. Stationed abroad their daughter Cassandra was born.
Miriam and Nathaniel found themselves stationed at Fort Lewis, Seattle Washington where Miriam decided after the birth of their daughter to began working for the Federal Government. Miriam’s 30 plus years of service (civilian life) she was employed with the Department of Defense, Department of Interior, Department of Justice retiring from Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1984 Miriam was selected as HUD’s Federal Employee of the year. Miriam’s motto “if you have to work, get the greatest job you can. Always be excited about your work, always expand your horizons, obtain a passport and travel the world while you are able”.
Miriam loved God, her family and fellow man. It was not uncommon for her to advocate for as many people as possible. Miriam was involved in her church serving on several committees including First AME Zion’s Board of Trustees, President of Senior Usher Board and more. Additionally, Miriam serviced in various community organizations, San Francisco Branch NAACP, San Francisco Housing Conservation and Development Corporation (Executive Director), member of OMI-CAO. Miriam’s work also included working in the political arena for various political candidates’ and their campaigns.
In 1979 Miriam became a member of Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc. Delta Chapter serving on Board of Directors, Chair, National Committees, Ritual Chair and Recording Grammateus.
Miriam was an upbeat positive person. Miriam was never one to miss a celebration, luncheon, birthday or travel experience domestic or international traveling six of the seven continents in the world. Miriam said she would not travel to Antarctica the seventh continent because it would only be her and the penguins. Miriam’s domestic travels included 34 of the 50 United States.
Miriam was preceded in death by both parents James Grandville Hamilton and Elouise Hamilton Gray; husband, Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.; Sisters, Octavia Campbell, Rosanna Breaux, Vernia Marshall, Dorothy Wesson, Shirley Jacob; brothers James Hamilton, Joseph Hamilton and Willie Hamilton; one grandson Tyrell Anderson.
Miriam leaves to cherish her memory a loving devoted daughter Cassandra Hughes (Larry), twin brother Moses Hamilton, Sr. (Leanna), three granddaughters, Tiffany Woods, (Darren), Natalie Hansbury (Archie), Angee Brown,; three great grandsons, Cameron, Omari, Jaylonie; five great granddaughters, Natassia, Ananda, Sequira, Malonie, Daisy; two great-great grandchildren, Brooklyn and Joshua; three God-children Paul, Leo and Michael, many devoted loving family members: cousins, generations of nieces, nephews, First AME Zion Church family, Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc. members from all chapter.
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