Patricia A. Armstrong, 90

December 08, 2020

Patricia A. Armstrong (“Patty”), age 90, of Lancaster, PA passed away peacefully in the care of Hospice on December 8, 2020. She was a resident of Willow Valley Communities and formerly of School Lane Hills.

Born on March 13, 1930, in Neenah, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Henrietta (Soth) Abel. A brother and sister also predeceased her. Throughout her life, Patty embodied the best characteristics of her Scottish heritage – polite but reserved, forthright and honest, friendly, generous and loyal.

Highly intelligent, Patty was consistently a straight “A” student and graduated from high school in only three years. She was an alumna of the Class of 1951 of Northwestern University, where she majored in speech and was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority – and the “Sweetheart of Sigma Chi.” Before moving to Lancaster in 1959, she lived in Pittsburgh, PA and Charlotte, NC.

She was an active member of the Lancaster community, where she served as a Manheim Township Committeewoman and a past President of The Visiting Nurse Board. She was also a volunteer in the inpatient unit at Hospice of Lancaster County. Patty exhibited a strong work ethic throughout her life. After raising three children, she obtained her real estate license, and for 30 years, Patty worked as a full-time realtor. She knew every residential neighborhood in Lancaster well and always did her homework. After retiring from real estate, she worked part-time into her 80’s for over 10 years at the Gap retail store in Park City, making many new friends. Patty previously was a member of the Lancaster Country Club, where she enjoyed many life long friendships.

A long-time member of Highland Presbyterian Church, Patty served as an Usher, Trustee, Deacon, and on The Memorial Garden Committee. She formerly was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.

Patty’s children and her grandchildren – and recently a great granddaughter — were the greatest joy of her life. Her family, of which she was very proud, was her number one priority. Patty was active on Facebook and Instagram, and her family loved getting “likes” from Gamma on virtually everything they posted. Patty even recently mastered FaceTime and Zoom, which brought virtual smiles to everyone during the last year of remote life. Gamma took a sincere, personal interest in every life event of her children and grandchildren (and great grandchild!), asking questions, expressing opinions but never being judgmental, wanting to know every detail – and it was never about her. Her grandchildren use these words to describe her – loving, selfless, genuine, dignified, loyal, thoughtful, family-first, engaging, curious, charming, detailed, strong, stoic, stubborn (in a good way), trailblazer. Great memories abound. Patty never forgot a birthday, anniversary, holiday or other special occasion. Cards would be addressed well in advance and arrive like clockwork with simple, loving salutations, “Love, Mom” or “Love Gamma.” Her handwriting was neat and clean even at age 90.

Patty is survived by two sons, Dwight L Armstrong (Kathie), Irvine, CA, and Andrew J. Armstrong, Jr. (Brenda), North Palm Beach, FL, and one daughter, Susan A. Hast (Bill), Venice, FL. Patty was also blessed with nine wonderful grandchildren – Drew Kelley, Dwight Armstrong, Jr., Sarah (Armstrong) Rooney, Hilary (Kelley) Kichler, Laura (Armstrong) Swann, Chris Armstrong, Ali (Armstrong) Stuebe, Abbie (Armstrong) Florence, and Andy Armstrong III – and a great granddaughter, Molly Swann. She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, John M. Kelley (2008), a brother and a sister.

In accordance with Patty’s wishes, the family will honor her memory with a private graveside service and interment at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Patty’s memory to Highland Presbyterian Church 500 E. Roseville Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601, or Hospice & Community Care 685 Good Dr., Lancaster, PA 17604.

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Condolences to the Family

December 22, 2020

Dear Susan and family,
We are so sad to read of Patty’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of her and all of the Armstrongs we knew. May she rest in peace.
Bruno & Sylvia Schmalhofer

December 22, 2020

The Bruno Schmalhofer family sends sincere condolences. 
Christine Schmalhofer

December 22, 2020

To Susie and Family,
I’m so saddened to hear of Patty’s passing she was such a marvelous woman to be around. I enjoyed many fun times at the Gap with her she will truly be missed. 
Kerri Callahan

December 21, 2020

To Susie and family–I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing   A life well and fully lived    Always pragmatic,kind positive and wise   I feel so fortunate that our paths touched at the hospice center so many years ago–such a gift   Peace and love   Pat Bestoso

December 20, 2020

To Patty’s Family: I met Patty in the real estate phase of her life. She was a fellow associate and our friendship extended beyond work many years.  I agree that she was witty, wise, and always ready to lend a helping hand. I admired achievements as a realtor and learned a lot from her. It was fun to be part of the “lunch bunch” with Patty even though COVID-19 halted our group’s monthly time together. My deepest sympathy to the family.  I know you will miss her very much.
Stella Faranda-Diedrich

December 20, 2020

To the Family of Patty Armstrong,
I knew Patty best as a neighbor when we both lived in School Lane Hills.  While out walking Patty and I would have wonderful conversations, and I always appreciated her friendship and insights.
My deepest sympathy to you all.  I know she will be greatly missed
Deborah Everett, North Andover, MA

December 20, 2020

To all of Patty’s family,
I am so sorry for your loss.  Your mom and grandmother became a good friend of mine just a short 3 yrs ago.  I live across the hall from her.  We have a big hole in the fabric of our lives since she is gone.  I enjoyed her wit and wisdom.  She was a good friend to many.  She never missed sending an appropriate card and enjoyed socializing everyone.The pandemic was rough on her, but she communicated through email and the phone frequently, and we communicated with her.
Take good care and know that you are in my thoughts and prayer at this time.
Marilyn Titter

December 18, 2020

So many good memories of Patty and her extended gang.  For many years, she lived across the street … but she will be always remembered as a good friend to all.  I send a huge hug to all of her family in this sad time and look forward to an opportunity to catch up somewhere soon.  Blessings and love from me and all Woolworths.  Andy

December 18, 2020

Gamma, I don’t have the words. I don’t want to have the words.
You were larger than life, a treasure to everyone who had the privilege to know you and a pillar of strength, knowledge, advice, and honesty for those that needed it.
I will miss everything. I am forever grateful I was lucky enough to be your granddaughter. I love you so much!

December 18, 2020

Patty, I know you best through the love I am blessed to share with the kind and compassionate Daughter you nurtured into this world. May the perpetual light of God’s grace shine upon you. 

December 18, 2020

Mom, I still hear your voice. My heart aches with the loss of my best friend. I miss you so much. I know that you are in a peaceful place. I will always love you.

December 18, 2020

Gamma – It’s hard to type these words and say goodbye.  You remain an inspiration for all of us who were fortunate enough to know you in life.  I will miss our regular phone calls and the annual visits for the red rose run!  Love you and miss you!

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