Carole was born in the old hospital in Atlantic, Iowa; the youngest of 3 children born to Jake and Helen (Mountain) Pont. Her sister, Rita Rohde lives in Ida Grove and her brother David, in Guttenberg. Jake rented four different farms in the Cass County area before retiring in Griswold in 1969. He then traveled and worked for Dahl Air Conditioning. Helen traveled with him and did volunteer work wherever he was working. Helen provided after-school care for Pastor Davidson and his brother. Carole grew up 3 miles west of Cumberland. She attended Bear Grove #6 country school for kindergarten and then attended school in Atlantic, where she participated in band and chorus. She graduated in 1967. She was married in 1969 and lived in Des Moines until 1971. She was a stay-at-home mom until the kids were in school. She then worked for SW Oral Surgery and SW Orthodontists for 10 years. Carole began her work for Cass County Hospital in 1995 as a switch board operator. In 2000, she began working for CCMH Home Care as the Volunteer Coordinator. In 2006, she added Life Line manager to her responsibilities.
In 1999, she earned an Associate Degree from Iowa Western Community College. In 2006, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Iowa State University. Earning that degree involved a lot of traveling.
Her children include Amy, a homemaker, married to Scott, an attorney, living in Des Moines. They have 2 boys and 1 girl. Chris lives in Des Moines and manages a Jiffy Lube Service. Sara and Jon are twins. Sara is a veterinarian, living in Worthington, Minnesota, with 4 boys. Her husband, Jesse, is a salesman for a company that recycles tires into decking and flooring for docks. Jon is in Des Moines and married to Amie. They have 2 children. Jon is a salesman for Koch Brothers and Amie works for an insurance company.
Carole’s family joined Zion in 1971. She has taught Sunday School and currently serves on the Altar Guild committee, sings in the choir and is chairman of the music committee. For 25 years she has belonged to XI Beta Phi, which is involved in community service and raising funds for local various causes. In 1972 she became involved with the American Cancer Society, serving on the State Board from 1975-1985, Relay for Life, an ACS fundraiser beginning in Atlantic in 1999 and Carole has chaired this event since the beginning. This year Relay raised $74,000 for cancer research. In 2010 she was awarded the Sword of Hope and in 2015 the Lifetime Award of Excellence for her work with Relay. In 2010 she received the Athena Award, which promotes the growth and personal development of women. For 10 years she has served on the Cass Incorporated Board of Directors.
Personally, she loves to travel and has been to several countries including; Ireland, England, Paris and Prague. Every year the Mountain family meets in Brush, Colorado for a Mountain family reunion. Also, every year, Carole goes to California where she loves the warm weather and walking by the ocean. She walks at 4:30 in the morning and goes to work at 6. Besides walking, she enjoys reading, playing golf and occasionally playing the piano. We wish Carole God’s Blessings as she continues her busy life.