Armelia E. Speed, 92, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at her home in Princeton.

She was born
June 8, 1916 in Princeton and resided here most of her life.

She was a member of the Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church in
Princeton and the Mother's Board there. She played piano and organ for the church choir for more than 70 years and was the secretary/treasurer of the choir, Pink Ladies Auxiliary at Gibson General Hospital, Morning Etude Club, pianist for the Ohio Valley district Church Association, leader and organizer for Princeton Juvenile Lodge, member of The House of Ruth, played piano for birthdays at River Oaks Health Campus and Gibson General Hospital-Skilled Nursing Floor, both in Princeton.

She was always an invited guest for Randy Perry (gospel recording artist) whenever he was performing in this area; a former assistant for Gibson County Probation Office; a former first aid coordinator for the local Civil Defense, a former member of the Home Economics Chorus and former 4-H leader for more than 45 years. She had the distinction of Mayor Bob Hurst's declaration of Armelia Speed Day in the city of
Princeton for her 90th birthday.

Survivors include her three children, Charles Speed, Jr. and wife, Sue of Indianapolis, Sharon Glass and husband, Harold of Wichita, Kan., Patty Lasley and husband, Martin of Princeton; Patty and Martin were her primary caregivers; a special friend-sister, Anna Mae Alvis of Princeton; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great great- grandchildren; three nieces, Mary Hardiman, Gloria Portee, Janelle Smith; and special friends, Cedric and Charlotte Hancock.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Addie and Harlan Crowe; a son, Larry Speed; two sisters, Thelma Speed, Catherine Campbell; two brothers, John and Stanley Crowe; and her husband, Charles Speed, Sr. in August of 1998.

Funeral services will be
noon Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, with the Rev. Andrew Paris officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Patoka.