Amstrong, appointed ambassador during Gerald Ford's administration, shared some of her thoughts about the former president with the Star-Telegram when he died, in December 2006.
She said she was honored to have a front-row seat to watch Ford in action, especially because he was such a steady force for the country after Watergate. He worked to promote women, as she learned first-hand when Ford made her the first woman named ambassador to Britain.
And while she said he may not have known how to eat a tamale, he had a lot in common with Texans.
"He had a lot of characteristics that we Texans admire," said Armstrong, of the legendary Armstrong Ranch in Kenedy County. "He had the same kind of straightforwardness, straight talk. He was low-key; nothing put-on about that man.
"And he was loyal," she said. "We Texans are like that, too. Our word is our bond, and his was too."
-- Anna M. Tinsley