Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 at First Baptist Church of Pinon for David and Samme Monson of Pinon, N.M.
Mr. and Mrs. Monson passed through Heaven's gates together, after 54 years of marriage, on May 22,2018.
Bro. Gary Gardner and Dan Bell will officiate at the services with burial to follow at the Pinon Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Johnny Craft, Trey Craft, Bill Lee Parker, Darin Hanson, Stanley Gene Monson, Charlie Mulcock, James Owen Coupland, Gaston Lewis, Kent Ostrem, Walt Coffman, Odie Prather, and Alton Munson. Honorary pallbearers will be Innis Lewis, James Ray Evrage, Bryan Prather, Richard Nunn, Gary Gage, Fred Gage, Buster Stevenson, and Alvin Cook.
Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Tuesday, May 29 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
David Wesley Monson was born In Webster, SD, December 2,1938 to Kenneth and Emma (Svastad) Monson. He was baptized and confirmed In Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Lily, SD. After working for the railroad, he joined the Army and was stationed in El Paso, TX where he met his bride-to-be, Samme Tanner.
Samme Pauline (Tanner) Monson was born in Carlsbad, NM, December 8,1936 to Samuel and Mary (Pace) Tanner. After high school, Samme moved to El Paso and worked in a bank while attending Beauty College. While living in El Paso, she met her husband-to-be, David Monson.
David and Samme met in November 1963 and after knowing each other for only 3 months, they were married on February 8,1964 in Alamogordo, NM. They built their life and family in Pinon, NM.
David was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Pinon, NM and a member of the Pinon Community Extension Club. He retired from the Otero County Road Dept. after 33 years and was a retired volunteer firefighter. He loved God, his church, his family and his ranch. He was able to see his grandchildren and great-grandchildren almost every day. He loved to play games with them and was often the instigator of their mischief. His favorite thing was to hear all of his little girls say, "Hello, Grandaddy!"
Samme joined the First Baptist Church of Pinon, NM at a young age and she was still an active member. She was also a member of the Pinon Community Extension Club. She loved God, her church, her family and her community. She loved to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren coming and was often heard to say, "Here comes the storm!" as they were coming in her door. She loved to pretend to be angry at David and the kids and their mischief. Her favorite thing was to hear her little girls say, "I love you, Mamoo!"
David and Samme loved everyone they met and they were blessed to have many, many old and dear friends. They were generous with their time, money, and attention. If anyone in the family or the community needed anything, they could go to David and Samme. They were excellent Christian examples of faith and love for their neighbors.
David is survived by four brothers, Leroy Monson and wife Peggy of Lily, SD, Leslie Monson of Oklahoma, Roger Monson and wife Janice of Webster, SD, Stanley Monson and wife Nyla of Groton, SD; one sister, Darlene Hanson and husband Jerome of Webster.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and one infant brother, Darrel Monson.
Samme was proceeded in death by her parents and brothers and sisters-in-law, T.A.and Ruth Tanner, Manuel and Sally Tanner, and Pat Tanner; sisters and brother-in-law, Betsy and Harry Walker and Mary Lee Tanner.
David and Samme are also survived by one daughter, Twyla Lewis and husband Arden of Pinon, NM;2 grandchildren, Jincy Gage and husband Gary of Pinon, NM and Heather Lewis of Sacramento, NM; six great grandchildren, Garret Gage, Kacey Gage, Ashlie Gage, Marion Da Gage, Gari Ann Gage and Zaylee Gage; one great-great-grandchild, Kyleigh Gage. They are also survived by thirteen nephews, eleven nieces, and numerous grand-nieces and nephews.
They were proceeded in death by one infant grandson, Samuel Kenneth Lewis.
David and Samme supported Gideons International and the NM Baptist Children's Home.
They will be missed by so many, but we cannot begin to imagine the joy they must have felt when the gates of Heaven opened and they walked through to see Jesus, holding hands, together!
A potluck will be served at the Pinon Community Center immediately following services.
Twyla and Family: Words are so inadequate at a time like this. When I came down to visit Buster, I really enjoyed walking across the street and saying hello to all your family. Samme and Dave were always so willing to stop and visit me. And you as well. My deepest condolences to the family. Can't quit thinking of you all and it just seems to be in my thoughts constantly. Prayers to you all. Julie Ancell Pickering
Julie Ancell PickeringCortez, CO
Samme & David we’re the most precious couple that I’ve seen in years. They loved everyone, never met a stranger. Twyla & Arden , grandchildren & grandson in law are as wonderful as Samme & David, they were raised right. They were wonderful Christian people. I love them very much, they will be greatly missed .
Tina ThomasArtesia, NM
Dear Twyla and family,
I am so sorry for this loss. I do love your folks! I think of the time our daughter Jodie had a wreck near the Pinon store several years ago. David went to tell Mother. She said David was very gentle and courteous, she was so grateful! We will miss them very much. Love to all of you!! Jane Murray
Jane MurrayDiamond, MO, NM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time, but praise the Lord in know they walked through those golden gates, hand in hand, meeting their Lord and Savior. May God give you peace and comfort in knowing how very much you are loved by others, but especially by Him.
Lou & Kay WolteringMayhill, NM
Twyla our prayers are with you and all your family. We are so sorry for your loss.
Debi W. RupeLa Luz, NM
We were so sorry to hear this and send our love and prayers to all of you! May you receive Gods comfort and the peace that passes all understanding!
Hollis & Linda MunsonBennington, OK
My heart is breaking with this sad tragedy but I know they are laughing together in Heaven. They were always together & had such a sincere love & respect for each other.
My prayers & thoughts are with ya'll thru this journey of grief. David & Samme were very special people in my heart & life. They will be fondly remembered ...
God bless & keep you in everyway.
dr. jillana burgessArtesia, NM
You just couldn't get any better than David & Samme. They welcomed Johnny & I with open arms and we loved them like family. They also extended their love to include our son, daughter and grandchildren. Not only did they open their hearts they opened their ranch to us and our grandchildren.We will be eternally grateful for the opportunities they gave us and our family to experience on their ranch. They spread the gospel by their actions and you don't find many that do this. We will miss them terribly but were so blessed having them in our lives. Sincere condolences to Twyla and family. W e love you guys.
Johnny & Deborah CraftArtesia, NM