Patricia Armstrong

Patricia Armstrong, wife of Jack, mother of 10, Grandmother of 28, great grandmother of 18 passed away peacefully on July 24th after 91 years of life, Pat, the daughter of George Downs Jr. and Annie Laurie (Beaslin) Downs, was born January 16, 1929 in St. Joseph, Missouri.  On April 19, 1952 she married John (Jack) Roland Armstrong and together they had 10 children.  In order of birth they are Denis (Iris), Laura (Kevin Patti), Philip (Suzy), John (Karen), Kenny (Nancy), David (Kelly), Patricia Rose, Mary Reed, Jeanne (Mike Haynes) and Matt (Kristine). In eternity she joins Jack (1985) Patricia Rose who died at birth (1961) and Denis (2006). 

Patricia had three brothers, James Downs, George Downs III,  and Richard Downs, all deceased. 

Known as Tink to her friends and family growing up, she was an extrovert who loved being with others and always held concern for them and their well-being. In her final journal entry from a few years ago she wrote, “my father would tell me and my brothers, ‘In your every action you must consider others.’” She passed this on to all of her children as well. Her passion was teaching small children using the Montessori Method. As a pioneer in this educational practice, she began teaching preschool in 1963 and she continued that passion a few years later by opening her own school, thought to be one of the first of its kind in our area, at 51st and Roe in Roeland Park.  In the 70’s she brought the Montessori model to the inner city where she taught for many years until going to St. Pius X in Mission, teaching there for over 20 years. She has belonged to St. Pius X since it was opened in 1955. At least one of her children or grandchildren was in the parish school every year that it was opened since 1957.

She was a woman who proudly called herself a Democrat and believed strongly in justice and equality for all people. A voracious reader, when not chasing children, she spent much of her time with a book in one hand and a cigarette in the other while sipping on some scotch.

A pack of Lucky Strike was no match for a good political discussion with friends and family.  She is much loved and though she will be missed, we are grateful for a matriarch who lived life well.

Because of the pandemic the family feels it is best to have a private service.  We know that mom was loved by many and we welcome kind words left here as her lasting tribute.

We wish to thank all of those at The  Forum in Overland Park for giving her a comfortable and enjoyable life for these past 10 years. She said it was like being in college again except everyone is old. We want to especially thank Nurse Gina and Nurse Doorkus for the wonderful care you gave to her this past year.

We welcome your words, stories, and condolences expressed below.


The Mass of Christian Burial will be family only and held on Saturday August 1st at 10:00 a.m. at St. Pius X in Mission, Ks., followed by a private burial where she will be laid to rest next to Jack in Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, KS.


The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Operation Breakthrough.


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27 Comments on “Patricia Armstrong”

  1. Amy Sweeney Says:

    Pat was one of the first people we met when we moved to Kansas & joined St. Pius X. She was so welcoming & inviting that when we dropped our daughter off to her for preschool, we felt like we were leaving her with family. She had a gift with children which was admirable. She also had such contagious spirit, where one loved being around her, & enjoyed numerous conversations of various topics. She was an amazing woman & our family was blessed to have known her. May her spirit live on, through her family & their families. May God be with you all & may memories bring you all some comfort. The Sweeney family will keep you all in our prayers. God Bless

  2. Lou Anne Wagner Says:

    Dear Armstrong family,
    It’s not often that saying I’m sorry for your loss has felt so deeply. But truly, celebrating your dear mom to heaven it’s such a wonderful thing. I’m so fortunate to have known your mom since I was very young attending Saint Pius with Mary. And then, my children having had her as their preschool teacher at Saint Pius. I love the visual of a cigarette in one hand and a book in the other because that is how I remember her from when I was young. She was a great woman of character and I’m so glad she’s in heaven now with Jack and the rest of your family that are already there. Lots of love to all.

  3. Rudy and Rosemary Pappert Says:

    Losing a mom is always a difficult thing. Our deepest condolences. Pat was certainly a strong person who influenced and touched many lives. May she Rest In Peace! Rudy and Rosemary

  4. Florence Garcia Williams Says:

    I consider our family blessed to have had Mrs. Armstrong as a teacher to my youngest son at St. Pius.
    Blessings to all her loved ones

  5. Richard Vogt Says:

    Dear Armstrong family: So sorry for your loss. She will be missed. I remember when we lived on 54th Terr and our back yards sort of backed up to each other. My kids and some of you Armstrong kids played together. I know they were in school together. Your Mom did a lot to help kids learn and do the right thing. She had a long and productive life. You should all be very happy that she is now in heaven with Jack. You all are in my prayers.

  6. Laura (Rob) Downs Says:

    To all Aunt Tink’s kids:

    I didn’t have the opportunity to spend a lot of time with your mom, but I certainly enjoyed the time that I did. She was delightful to converse with and a very thoughtful individual. I wish you all lived
    closer and I could have spent more time with her.
    I’m so sorry that you all will be missing your mom.
    You’re all in my prayers.

  7. Father Barry Clayton Says:

    Mrs. Armstrong was a preschool teacher of mine at St. Pius X. I will offer a Mass for her. May she Rest In Peace!
    God bless,
    Father Clayton (I’m a part of the Riscoe family)

  8. Rose Marie Stallbaumer, OSB Says:

    My prayers for the Armstrong family. Pat was an amazing preschool teacher, loving and encouraging many little ones. I never ceased to be amazed at the activity and learning going on in her classroom. I remember during my first week at Pius having one of her students remind me, the principal, to be quiet in the halls. They quickly learned what was expected of them and were a good example for the rest of the school community.

    May many wonderful memories give you peace and strength in the days ahead.

  9. Annie Armstrong Tamanini Says:

    Rest In Peace, Aunt Tink. Sending love to all the Kansas Armstrongs.

  10. Kevin Brophy Says:

    Sorry for your loss Armstrong family. Your mother was a wonderful person and I consider it a blessing to have grown up next to her and your entire family. You all made me feel like part of your family. I remember how you all would tell me I didn’t need to knock on your front door, I could walk in anytime, your front door was never lock. Thanks.

    Love you all.

  11. Beth Blankenship Says:

    All of my children had Pat for their preschool teacher. She made them love school and was such a wonderful teacher. She also was one of the people who made our family feel so welcome at St. Pius. Heaven most likely threw a party when she arrived.

  12. Cathy Brandes Says:

    Dear Armstrong’s
    Please know you have my deepest sympathy. Aunt Tink and Uncle Jack were a mainstay of our family for as long as I can remember. She was funny and we adored her (Uncle Jack too). I imagine her reunited with Uncle Jack and giving our dad, Charlie Garrett and our sister, Diane, hugs and best wishes. I am sure they threw her a big welcome to heaven party. I will be remembering her in my prayers and may your faith, family and friends be with you now and always.
    Cathy(Garrett) Brandes

  13. Julie Garrett Says:

    To the entire Armstrong family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Aunt Tink will be remembered for her lively personality and her love of family. She is home again with Uncle Jack and Denny and infant Patricia. She, Uncle Jack and dad can re-live their young Farmers Insurance gathering days. We will miss her. May Aunt Tink Rest In Peace. All my love, Julie

  14. Joe Quinn Says:

    Armstrong family, I know how hard this is for y’all, but I know for sure that she’s home with Jack and in the loving grip of God! He probably had some Lucky’s and scotch waiting for her when she got there! My thoughts prayers are with all of you. She was such an awesome lady and will be forever missed by all! God bless you and keep you during this diffucult time.

  15. Leslie Heeter Brown Says:

    Such an awesome lady. I have so many great memories growing up in Mission and spending a lot of time with your family; especially Mary. She always had a place at the table for an extra mouth to feed, me! Such an extraordinary woman. Back then I thought she was so nice and kind. Now knowing what I know WOW she was beyond special. Blessed to have known her and many of your family members. May she Rest In Peace Leslie Heeter Brown

  16. Chris Garrett Resovich Says:

    To the Armstrong Family,
    So sorry to hear about Aunt Tink!’ We Garrett
    Girls loved both Uncle Jack and Aunt Tink. So
    many memories.
    I know she has been reunited with Uncle Jack,
    Denis, and Patricia Rose.
    Your mother was a force and a wonderful person.
    We will miss her.
    Love to you all

  17. Rob Armstrong Says:

    My sister, brother and I have the fondest, warmest childhood memories of our Aunt Tink and spending holidays at your house. What a legacy she has created with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren! All love to the KC Armstrong cousins.

  18. James Armstrong Says:

    Pat, Tink, I don’t think I ever really told you how special you were to me as my sister-in-law. You were special and you affected my life incredibly. I am happy that you are reunited with your Jack, my brother. Big smiles.

  19. Susan Lazzo Says:

    Dear Jeanne, please accept my condolences at the passing of your dear Mother. What a wonderful life she led. Bless you and your family.

  20. Dan Breitenstein Says:

    Armstrong Family,
    I worked with Jack Armstrong for many years at Farmers Insurance, and he was a delightful man to have known! As a young and inexperienced supervisor, he taught me how to be a good boss,as he took me under his wing. Through him we met and partied with he and his wife, Pat, through various Farmer’s social events. Pat was as friendly and inclusive as she could be to us, and we always had an awesome time with them! Both Pat and Jack had huge personalities and always entertained everyone in their group of friends, whom they most generously shared and included us despite our youth at the time. They were a great couple, and I know they will be partying in Heaven with the rest of the group who are already there! I feel blessed to have had the privilege of knowing them both. Rest in peace dear old friends, and my God Bless the Armstrong family…

  21. Michael Hill Says:

    To the Armstrong family, especially my classmate Johnny, your mother always made me feel welcome in your home when I would ride my bicycle over to come to your home.
    She was like a second mother to me.

    I will offer this morning Mass for the repose of her soul.

    My prayers for all of you.

    Deacon Michael Hill

  22. Becky McGovern Says:

    Mrs. Armstrong was a wonderful, spirited & beautiful soul! Laura, thank you so much for bringing her into my life while at Rockhurst. Her humor & words of wisdom were welcome always! I truly admired & respected your Mom & hope your memories of her keep you smiling. You’re a loving testament to her strength & beliefs!
    Love, Becky McGovern

  23. Carl and Linda Weaver Says:

    This is sad news. It’s hard to think of St Pius X without thinking of Mrs. Armstrong. And I don’t think I ever saw her without a smile on her face. We’ll be praying for her and her family.

  24. Gary Blumenthal Says:

    I am so sad to read of Pat’s passing. You guys had such an amazing mom raising her kids to thoughtful, socially conscious, loving and supportive. She epitomized the values of decency, fairness and family love as well as love for friends as well. With your mom and dad you guys won the parent and grandparent lottery.

  25. Derek Moore Says:

    Sending thoughts to all of you … please take care and God Bless.. Life, Love, Legacy ,..Cherished Memories.

  26. Anita Striegel Says:

    I was shocked when I learned of Pat’s passing. She was a dear friend, and I guess I just assumed she’d live forever. Pat was a wonderful mother and teacher and always had a smile on her face. I was privileged to teach some of the Armstrong children and I sometimes wondered how she managed to teach, take care of and guide her children to be the best they could be.Pat, you won’t be forgotten and you have given the world 10 jewels here on earth. God bless your family. My prayers are with you at this time of grief and remembrance. Anita Striegel

  27. Phil Martin Says:

    Mrs. Armstrong always made me feel welcome when I came to visit my friend, her son Phil. I hope the whole family embraces their memories of her and finds peace and comfort within those memories.

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