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Patricia Armstrong, 84, passed away at her home on St. Thomas, V.I., on May 28, 2014.
She was preceded in death in 2007 by Jack Buckton Armstrong, her beloved husband of 54 years.
She leaves behind a host of family and friends, including daughter, Valerie Ann Randall, and son-in-law, Daniel Randall of Fontana, Calif.; son, Gregory Charles Armstrong of Parker, Ariz.; grandchildren, Joseph Randall and his wife, Sirmora, Elizabeth Alva and her husband, Andrew, Colleen Randall, Dustyn Armstrong and Levi Armstrong; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Doris Lugo of Green Valley, Ariz., and José María Federico and Theresa Lugo of Mesilla, N.M.; nieces, Hope Orozco, Rachel Leonard, Lori Kraus, Dolores Garcia, Eleanor Zoota and her husband, Murray, and Susan Lugo and her husband, George Dudley; nephews, Valentine Lugo Sr., and his wife, Judy, Daniel Orozco Sr. and his wife, Liz, Phillip Orozco and his wife, Kathy, and Raymond Lugo; grandnieces, Cynthia Koblentz and her husband Jeffrey, Rebecca Kraus and her husband Robert van Weezendonk, Lorraine Kraus and her husband Craig Skrzypecki, Stephanie Orozco Folgar and her husband, Jiovanny, Lisa Lugo and her husband, Fernando Zoota, (also a grandnephew), and Beryl Dudley Stephen and her husband, Oren; grandnephews, Valentine Lugo Jr. and his wife, Barbara Cook, David Herbrig and his wife, Pat, Steven Garcia and his wife, Marta, Kelly Orozco, Daniel Orozco Jr., Phillip Orozco Jr., Derek Orozco, Andrew Zoota and his wife, Juli, and Benjamin Dudley; great-grandchild, Ezra O. Randall; many great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews; special extended family members, Jolie Cameron, Corinne Lockhart, Richard E.W. and Rita Dudley Grant, Don, Catherine and Cori Mills, the Rev. Dr. Wesley S. Williams, Jr., K. St.J., and Karen Hastie Williams and their families, Ronald S. Lockhart, Dale and Joy Garee and their families, Henrik, Ellen and Elynne Lockhart; Marjorie Petersen; Joanne Petersen; Nancy Elliott; James Porter Sr.; Ellen McLean; Mary Rush; Luisa Martes; nurses' aides, Patsy King and Goldine Martin; and dear friends near and far who, by filling her life with meaning, purpose and companionship, blessed all her days.
"Aunt Pat," as she was known to many in the Virgin Islands, was born Adalina Patricia Lugo in Santa Monica, Calif., on July 18, 1929, the fourth of six children of José María Lugo and Esperanza Ceseña Lugo.
She attended public schools in Santa Monica, graduated from Santa Monica High School (Class of '47) and attended Santa Monica City College. Pat was working as a senior buyer for the Santa Monica Unified School District when she met co-worker Jack Buckton Armstrong, a maintenance carpenter. They were married on Aug. 1, 1953. Together they raised a family, daughter Valerie and son Gregory, and also cared for Pat's father, Joe Lugo, in his final years before Pat returned to work in 1976 as an escrow officer/assistant cashier for Santa Monica Bank.
Pat was a consummate homemaker but she always found time to do extensive volunteer work, especially in fields relating to children and youth. She held several positions in the PTA, including president of the Santa Monica PTA, and received Honorary Life Membership Status from the California PTA. She was a talented Brownie and Girl Scout leader, troop organizer, and district director on the Board of Directors of the Angeles Girl Scout Council.
She served on the Board and chaired committees of the Santa Monica YMCA, and she actively participated in and supported the Little League, Indian Guide and high school band activities of her children. A long-time member of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, she served as both president and treasurer, and as a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
For more than 20 years she was a member of the Assistance League of Santa Monica, serving as president and vice president at various times, and joining the Half Timers Auxiliary in 1995.
She was an active member of Chapter JQ of the PEO Sisterhood, an international women's organization of 250,000 members with a primary focus on providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide.
Always connected to her faith, she actively served the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica on several committees as well in ministry, on the Board of Trustees, and for 11 years as wedding director. She also served as vice president of United Methodist Women, and was instrumental in establishing a thrift shop for the church.
Early retirement allowed Pat and Jack to enjoy their grandchildren and travel extensively throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and all 50 states. In later years their favorite mode of travel was cruising in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the South Seas, Panama Canal, around Cape Horn and on several European river trips.
Pat was an avid reader, knitter, baker and cook. She loved caring for her grandchildren and exposing them to new adventures. She was a role model for the women in her family, and she was strong, caring, exacting, organized and determined in everything she did.
After 51 years of marriage, Pat and Jack moved from Marina del Rey to St. Thomas to start their own new adventure, living with niece and nephew Susan Lugo and George Dudley, and building a new home overlooking Charlotte Amalie Harbor with scenic views of down-island. Together they enjoyed all that the Virgin Islands community had to offer, became members of All Saints Cathedral Parish and enjoyed each other's company each and every day.
Pat was also active in Inner Wheel and the "Wednesday Ladies Lunch" group. These connections, and the many ties Pat forged with new family and friends on the islands, were a special solace and comfort to her when Jack died in August 2007. She will be missed by so many as mother, sister, "Aunt Pat," "Nana," friend and loved one but we know she is at peace reunited with Jack and will continue to watch over us all.
A memorial service will be held in Pat's honor at 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Cathedral. Personal tributes will begin at 9:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to All Saints Cathedral for the St. Anne's Chapel Fund, an improvement and restoration project supported by both Pat and Jack. Contact: All Saints Cathedral, P.O. Box 1148, St. Thomas, V.I. 00804, email@example.com, 774-0217.