Christine K. Pittman Pate
Christine (Chris) K. Pittman Pate, 66, passed away at her home in Boise, Idaho, on March 22, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.
Chris was born on September 17, 1951 in Downey, California, to Patricia Marie Kellogg Pittman and William K. Pittman, and a beautiful soul entered the world. In 1966 the family moved to Oklahoma. Chris graduated from Agra High School in Agra, Oklahoma in 1969. Shortly after graduation, she married Larry Hale, and they were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Holley Marie Hale. Holley remained by her Mother’s side throughout her life; her companion, protector, and caregiver to the very end.
In 1977, Chris met and married her soulmate and husband of over 40 years, Samuel Taylor Pate. He called her “Chrissy,” and she called him “her Sammy,” and through all the ups and downs of life, their love for each other never wavered. They had two beautiful children together, Samantha Jane Pate, and William K. Taylor Pate. The family moved to Idaho in 1991, where Chris’ happiest times were spent camping with family at Warm Lake.
Chris was blessed with many gifts; she was an amazing cook, a gifted artist and decorator, and she loved to restore and repurpose old things. She could turn anything into a thing of beauty. She had a sense of humor that carried her through her darkest moments, and made her a joy to be around. She was very spiritual and believed strongly in helping others. She opened her home and her heart to many people in need of a safe harbor. She was strikingly beautiful; but more importantly, she had the most loving, beautiful heart and soul you could imagine. She was elegant and classy one moment, and silly and sassy the next.
Chris was an innovative, award-winning entrepreneur and designer, but her greatest love and most treasured role was that of a mother. She cherished her family, and believed that “It takes a village to raise a child.” Her children and grandchildren were more than the light of her life; they were her life. She taught her son, William, to love 90’s R&B music, even in the face of judgment, and the ability to see women as people and not objects. She taught her daughter, Samantha, to love without limits and to be a fierce “Momma bear.” The moment her first grandson, Rhett Hale, was born, she kissed his face and told him, “I’m your Nana, and I will always be here for you and I will always have cookies for you.” She treasured every moment she spent with her grandsons, Rhett and Walker. Chris always put her family first and made sure they had what they needed.
She was preceded in death by her Father, William K. Pittman; Step-Mother, Kelly Pittman; Step-Father, Jerry Fullerton; and her beloved husband, Samuel Pate.
She is survived by her Mother, Patricia Fullerton, Boise, Idaho; Daughter, Holley Hale, Boise, Idaho; Daughter, Samantha Pate, Vale, Oregon; Son, William Pate, Boise, Idaho; Sister, Debra (Steve) Cline, Nyssa, Oregon; Brother, Jason Hopper, Boise, Idaho; Sister, Katherine (Scotty) Hopper-Reisinger, Boise, Idaho; Step-Sister, Teri Preston, Royal Oak, Michigan; and Grandchildren, Rhett Jackson Hale, Boise, Idaho; and Walker Pate Pomerleau, Vale, Oregon; Nieces, Penny (Brent) Christensen, Caldwell, Idaho, and Amanda (DJ ) Bottger, Portland, Oregon; and Nephews, Travis Cline, Nyssa, Oregon, and Daniel Morgan, Boise, Idaho.
Cremation was handled by Bowman Funeral Home. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date.
She will be loved and missed every minute of every day. . . her smile, her laugh, the warmth of her hugs, the gentleness of her touch. Rest in peace beloved daughter, sister, mother, and grand-mother.