Patricia Anne Armour Buckley, born October 15, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, died peacefully in her Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida home on October 28, 2018 at 85 years young.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon Armour and Margaret Cooling, her husband, Daniel Buckley, Jr. and her sister Helen Elizabeth Allvin. She is survived by her children Julie Armour Buckley (Dean Moore), Peggy Buckley Thibodeau (Joe), her grandchildren Matthew and Danielle Moore, Dixie Hemingway Keller (Kenneth), her brother Robert Armour, nephew Eric Allvin (Michelle), and nieces Heidi Allvin, and Melissa Armour.
A registered dietician and home economics teacher with a Master’s Degree in counseling, “Mrs. B” taught at Central Bucks High School West for thirty years. She is fondly remembered as a favorite teacher by many of the students whose lives she helped to shape in her classrooms.
Pat Buckley taught her daughters that “girls can do anything” and quietly performed endless acts of service. She raised her family on a farm and continued to bale hay, grow vegetables, care for horses, and work full time even after the death of her husband when she was just 48.
A storyteller in her retirement, she often spoke of the many places she had lived or visited and the many forms of transportation used to get wherever she went. Life was a journey and she was well travelled.
After moving to Ponte Vedra in 1998 to help with her grandchildren, she introduced herself to everyone as “Grammie Pat”. Deeply devoted to her family and to her church, she cooked nightly for three generations at the dinner table for years. She also created the original musical electronic database and the original filing system still in use today at Christ Episcopal Church and as part of their costuming team made many a costume for shows from The Music Man to The Wizard of Oz.
Her passion for and commitment to education was instilled in her children, and grandchildren. When her granddaughter Dani developed autism, she became a fierce advocate and warrior grandmother, teaching Dani to type, cook, sew, and play Rummy. She was a determined and loving teacher to all whose lives she touched.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 9, 2018 in Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Inurnment will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2019 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Whitemarsh, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations to her daughter’s autism non-profit, HealthyUNow Foundation will be gratefully accepted. www.healthyunow.org.