Patricia Ann Mountain and Dale Eugene Mountain passed away after 65 years of marriage. Patricia (Pat), 83, passed away on September 30, 2021 and Dale, 88, followed her in death only 117 days later on January 25, 2022. They were both struggling with various health issues for some time, but lived full and happy lives.
Pat was born on October 14, 1937, in Long Beach, California, to Christobel (Hunter) and Herbert Burnside. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She worked various jobs but considered her most important role to be raising her children. Her favorite title was Grandma and Nana and often said the greatest gift she ever received was having grandchildren. Pat loved the Lord, was a lifelong student of the Bible and devout prayer warrior. Pat had a way of focusing on her blessings through every storm that came her way. She was a brilliant and intelligent woman full of knowledge and admired for her wisdom, words of encouragement and hospitality.
Dale was born on May 26, 1933, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania to Margaret (Kohler) and Eugene Mountain. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1972 as a cryptanalyst. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather. He enjoyed collecting stamps, working jigsaw puzzles and playing cards. Dale was well rounded when it came to his work abilities. Shortly after retiring from the military, he managed a restaurant in Kentucky as well as two car dealerships in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas. He was a church administrator at Trinity Baptist in Loveland, Colorado, and interim pastor and pastor at Needmore Bible Church in Needmore, Pennsylvania on and off until moving to Portales, New Mexico in 1991. There he was an interim pastor for Dora Baptist Church and Arch Baptist Church. He was best known for his humor, laughter, whistling, and kind, gentle spirit. His love for the Lord was evident in everything he did and if he spoke to you, he made sure you knew God loved you.
They are preceded in death by their parents and siblings, Flo, Lora, Leda, Darlene (Dale), Jacque, Bob, and Darlene (Pat).
They are survived by their brothers, Rex West (Dale) & Bill Burnside (Pat); Children: Chris (Robin) Mountain, Debbie (Mike) Skoruppa, Karen (Kevin) Freeland; Grandchildren: Kim Lowry, and Jennifer (Jake) Kious; Karen (Daniel) Key, James (Courtni) Skoruppa, Rachelle (Shannon) Gatewood, Jennifer (Doug) Stroman, Jonathan (Kayla) Flores; Stephanie (Devin) Anderson , Caleb (Sarah) Freeland; Great grandchildren: Ralph Camacho, Memphis Sanderson, Kansas Kious, and Lexi Lowry; Diehlan Key, Kati (Hunter) Parks, Sydney Key, Chesca Vial, Alexander Skoruppa, Nickole Stroman, Maddie Skoruppa, LGatewood, Kristen Gatewood, Matthew Key, Jonathan Key, Abigail Key, and Maverick Flores; Ellie Anderson and Emmalynn Anderson; Great-great grandchildren: Wesley Parks and Colt Wesson. They are also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
They were well known and loved by their community. Both devout children of God, they spent their life spreading the word of the Lord to any and all who would hear. They were adamant that God’s love was for all and truly made that their life’s work. Our human hearts grieve their loss, but we know they’re at peace and back together. Their love story was one for the books!
A graveside service will be held at Coastal Bend Veteran's State Cemetery on Friday, February 4, 2022 at 10am.