Janie Pauline Edenfield was born on February 17, 1935, in Millen, Georgia. The oldest daughter of Louise and Joe, and sister to Ann and Eddie, she was raised in Savannah, singing in the youth choir at First Baptist, and enjoying roles in plays at Savannah High. She attended Armstrong Junior College and then the University of Georgia where she was a member of AOPi Sorority and very active in the Baptist Student Union. After graduation, “Jane” moved to Augusta to begin her lifelong career as a Speech & Language Pathologist. She also pursued her master’s degree at Northwestern University. In 1962 she married Julian Armstrong. They had three children: Julie, Carolee, and Wick. The young family moved into a new neighborhood, Kingston, where they developed dear and lifelong friendships. The Armstrongs were members of First Baptist Church, where Jane sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and acted in and directed church dramatizations. Jane was passionate about speech and language therapy and helping her patients. She worked for the Medical College of Georgia for 30 years. Jane loved music, singing, dancing, theater, art, traveling and history. She was a member of the D.A.R. and loved learning and teaching. In retirement, she founded American Pride Through Education to promote patriotism among students and the celebration of U.S. History in schools. In 2013, she married Ron Coleman, a classmate from Savannah High. Jane was very outgoing, loved people, being active...and in charge! Family was deeply important to her. She believed “in doing things the right way… or doing them again! that an opportunity missed is gone forever, and to always remember who you are.” Jane knew from an early age that she was a beloved daughter of the King, accepted Christ and was baptized. She loved her Savior, strove to live her faith and to share it. One of her favorite gifts to give was the devotion book, Jesus Calling.
On June 23, 2022, Jesus peacefully called her home.
Jane’s family includes daughter: Julie Armstrong Sculac (Jim), daughter: Carolee Armstrong-Smith (Bruce), son: Julian Wicklief “Wick” Armstrong, Jr. (Melissa); grandchildren: Marlena Sculac, Brenna Sculac, Gram Smith, Callie Smith, Parker Smith, Jenna Jeffcoat (“JP”), Mitchell Thorn, and Riley Armstrong; sister: Ann Edenfield Lemley (David); brother, Ed Elmore; nephew: Joseph Wade, great niece: Jillian Wade and adopted sister, Bettye Smith. She was preceded in death by Julian Armstrong and Ronald Coleman.
Jane’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, July 23 at 11:00 at the Storey Chapel of First Baptist Church with Dr. Rodger Murchison officiating.
Donations can be made to her beloved church, First Baptist of Augusta, where she was an active member for 66 years.
Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at