Barbie Sue Armstead, 18, of Patriot, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16. Born Nov. 4, 1986 in Gallipolis, she was the daughter of George and Cheryl Strickland Armstead, of Patriot. A freshman at Shawnee State University, Barbie graduated as valedictorian of the 2005 class of River Valley High School, in Cheshire. A seven-year recipient of the Gallia County Academic Excellence Award, Barbie was also an USAA International Foreign Language Award winner and participated in the Ohio University Women in Science & Engineering Conference. She was a four-year member of Key Club, Beta Club, French Club and a three year member of National Honor Society and Art Club. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, George Willis Armstead, and her maternal grandparents, Darrell and Barbara Strickland. She is survived by two sisters, Cindy Armstead, of Detroit, Mich., and Julie (Robert Chad) Smith, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two nieces, Haillie and Brinkley Smith, and a paternal grandmother, Donna Aaroe, of Evans, W.Va. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at Vinton Baptist Church, 11818 State Route 160, Vinton. She will be laid to rest at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans, W.Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be sent to The Barbie Armstead Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Principal Mike Jacobs, River Valley High School, 1482 Little Kyger Road, Cheshire, Ohio 45620. Arrangements are under the direction of McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, 420 First Ave., Gallipolis. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or www.timeformemory.com/mm.