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By by sonny long/
Oct. 17, 2012 at 5:17 a.m.

Melissa Armstrong

Melissa Armstrong

YORKTOWN - "This was her third kid."

Chad Buesing, president of the Western Days Association board of directors, summed up what the annual festival meant to the organization's late executive director Melissa Armstrong, who died earlier this year at age 50.

Armstrong, who wore three executive hats in Yorktown - executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, executive director of the Economic Development Corporation and executive director of the Yorktown Western Days Association - fell into a coma Aug. 26 and died a week later.

"It's definitely tough. Melissa ran things for 11 years," said Buesing. "We're trying to pull together and hope she's proud of us.

"I am sure she's up there right now, telling us how wrong we're doing it, " he chuckled.

Armstrong will be honored during this year's event with a commemorative T-shirt being sold by the chamber of commerce for $15 each. Proceeds will go to Armstrong's children.

A permanent plaque honoring Armstrong is also planned for the Yorktown city park.

"She spent a lot of time in that park," Buesing said.



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