by | January 29, 2021 2:45 pm


Patricia Jolene Armstrong D’Ambrosio, age 80, of Albuquerque, NM passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, January 25, 2021.  Patricia Jolene was born December 22, 1940, to Cary and Rosalie (Laxson) Armstrong in her aunt’s house in Hollis, Oklahoma. 

Since her father had to travel for work, her mother, with suitcase in hand, took 2-yr old Billy Bob and newborn Patricia and boarded a bus back to Marshall County to live with Granny Laxson. When Patricia was 3 or 4, she gave her parents quite a scare. She loved to climb. She would open drawers and climb on top of dressers and kitchen cabinets. Once, she did just that in the kitchen. She reached up to a shelf and knocked a box over containing lye. It went into her mouth and throat. Her parents had to induce vomiting to save her stomach and voicebox. 

Like everyone else in those days, she had only one pair of shoes that were saved for church and school so she enjoyed many barefoot country days. As she grew older, Patricia attended several schools when her dad relocated for work but she always called the southwest home. She graduated from Aqua Fria High School, Goodyear, AZ and attended Panhandle State University, Goodwell, OK. She was a longtime resident of Boise City, OK and Albuquerque, NM. And for a few years, she was a snowbird in Surprise, AZ. 

While in Boise City, she was Secretary to the Superintendent, Manager of the Variety store and active mom. After relocating to Albuquerque, she worked in advertising, grew her interest in art and remained an active mom. Patricia had great interest in always learning. She enjoyed watching documentaries on history, learning about different occupations and was well versed in many areas. 

Patricia saw beauty through the lens of a camera, from fallen berries off a tree to seagulls perched in precarious positions. She always had a camera on hand and never hesitated to capture a moment that caught her eye. She loved the Kansas sunsets and while visiting her daughter would often sit on the porch capturing the glorious colors. 

She loved all of her family…from the youngest to the oldest. She was very supportive as a Mom and Grandma traveling many miles to attend all types of events from theatre, sporting events, graduations and weddings. Jokingly designated by her daughter as the family PR Rep, Patricia happily kept in touch with family and friends through social media. She sincerely cared about each and every one. She loved her small wine bottle happy hours, watching her favorite sports teams and enjoyed her poolside visits where no one was a stranger. She had a love for life always ready for an adventure with a smile on her face and a compliment to give. She will be missed beyond measure. 

A loving mother, grandma and sister, she is survived by daughters, Michelle Kissell and son-in-law Don of Ulysses, KS and Dana Vermette and son-in-law Albert of Albuquerque, NM; stepdaughter Joan Sell of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren Amber Littell and husband Logan, Garrett Kissell and wife Taylor, Zoe Vermette, Abigail Vermette, Sam Vermette, Ben Vermette; step-grandchildren Rickey Piggott and wife Kelsie, Drew Sell, Bradley Sell and wife Allison; great-grandchildren Brynlee, Emerie and Grayson; and step-great-grandchildren Charlee, Colbi, Makayla, Adilynn and Haddon. She is also survived by her brother Bill Armstrong and wife LaDonna of Surprise, AZ; Uncle I.W. (Cotton) Armstrong and wife Lori of Shay, OK; Uncle Lelan Armstrong and wife Shirley of Casper, WY; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, Cary and Rosalie Armstrong; stepdaughter Debbie Piggott; and step-granddaughter Delishia Webb.

Memorial contributions may be made to Casa Angelica, 5629 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105 or online at casaangelica.org.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 3 from 10 am – 12 pm at Watt’s Funeral Home, Madill, OK; Graveside Services will be 2 pm at the Shay, OK, Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Shay Community Center. Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.

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