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April 10, 2013

Letitia (“Tisha”) Armstrong


The Ada News

Ada —  

Letitia (“Tisha”) Armstrong, 63 years old, of Ada, Oklahoma, died peacefully at home after a short illness on the evening of Wednesday, April 3, in the loving company of her mother and brother.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 12 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 17th and South Broadway in Ada, Oklahoma.

Tisha was born on January 10, 1950 in Ada, Oklahoma. She went to Mrs. Mackin’s Kindergarten, where she first displayed her great talent in sketching, drawing, painting and other forms of art. She attended Willard and Washington Elementary Schools. 

As a child, Tisha was part of the famous “17th Street Neighborhood Gang” in Ada, who were barefoot all summer long and spent the long days and warm nights having water fights, playing chalk chase, stepping on June bugs, raising baby raccoons, catching fireflies and running wild. She attended Ada Junior High and Ada High School, from which she graduated in 1968.   

She attended the University of Oklahoma, majoring in art and philosophy, and graduated in the early 1970’s. While at OU, she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi (“Pi Phi”) sorority, where she made many lifelong friends.

She received a Masters in Business Administration from Tulsa University in 1975 and became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. Then she started her 40-year professional career as an accountant specializing in income tax. 

She was married in 1973, and lived with her husband in Norman until they divorced in 1980. 

She worked in Washington, D.C. for two years, Los Angeles for several years, and then found a new home in her beloved San Francisco, near where her brothers live. She developed a great love for the city’s opera, symphony, theater and art museums, and lived in the historic North Beach and Theater District neighborhoods.

Tisha was an intrepid and fearless world traveler. Every summer she took several weeks, or sometimes several  months, to travel Europe, with the time to really explore the various places she had dreamed of exploring. 

Her first trip was a month in Italy, traveling by train, which allowed her to stop at the remote villages along the way, on her way to the larger, world-famous cities. Rome became her favorite. Her days there were spent sketching and drawing the monuments and architecture she had only seen in books, and visiting all of the great museums.

Later, she spent time living in Berlin, studying the German language and culture.

Her enthusiasm for new places and new people was never-ending. 

A few years ago, she returned to Oklahoma, living in Norman and working as an international accountant in Oklahoma City. She was very happy to be back in Oklahoma, and returning to Oklahoma allowed her to spend time with her mother, who lives in Ada. She returned to live in Ada in November 2012.

She was a lifelong member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and she supported their charitable operation, the Matthew 25 foundation.

 She had a loud, frequent and infectious laugh, and was always up for spontaneous artistic expression, whether it was acting out Shakespeare plays in Washington Square Park in North Beach in San Francisco or playing and singing electric rock and roll music with the Busbys, her childhood friends, at the Busbys’ Cabin near Ada, all night long until the sun came up.

Her father, James L. (“Jim”)  Armstrong, of the home, passed away at age 89 in January 2011. 

She is survived by her mother, Tish Armstrong, of the home, her brother James L. Armstrong, Jr., of Oakland, California, and her brother, Richard Haney (“Haney”) Armstrong, of San Francisco, California, his wife, Caroline Armstrong, and their children, Cole and Claire Armstrong.

If friends wish to, they can make donations in Tisha’s memory to the Matthew 25 charity of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ada.  

Obituaries may be viewed and online condolences sent to criswellfh.com.