At age 18, she left Jasper, and her nickname, for San Diego. Dale worked at radio stations in the city and spent weekends with friends at the Blue Jay Lodge in Mount Laguna. It was there she met Alva Dean Lovenburg, a young airman stationed at Mount Laguna Air Force Base, who had recently returned from the Korean War.
Dale and Al were married in Grant, Neb., on Aug. 17, 1954. The military life kept them on the move, and they resided in Bermuda, Mississippi, Utah, Oregon, Kentucky, Alabama and Colorado before finally settling in New York in 1973. After a brief stay in Adams, they resided in Baldwinsville from 1978 until Al’s death in 2008. Recently, Dale lived in Ithaca.
Dale devoted her life to family and community service. She was a long-time member of the Baldwinsville First Baptist Church, serving as church librarian for more than 20 years. Deacon James Spence wrote of her in a poem of appreciation, “Books and people are her forte, for both species [she] truly cares.”
Dale and Al are lovingly remembered by three daughters and their families: Kristi, Wayne and Conor Stokes of Lansing, N.Y.; Susan Lovenburg, Emma and Meg Robinson of Davis, Calif., and Sarah Robinson of Los Angeles; and Lisa, Edward, Alexandra, Jeffrey and Elena Kilgore of Lancaster, N.Y. She is survived by her sister, Susan (Sumner) Rosso of Eureka, Calif.
Dale passed away peacefully April 20, 2014. A memorial service for family and friends will be held Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Baldwinsville, New York.