Barbara J Ackman

Born June 18, 1929

Barbara Mountain Ackman, born June 18, 1929, died Friday May 25, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents Ruth Cadman Mountain and Melvin Mountain Sr, and a great granddaughter Kristy Nath. She is survived by her husband Richard E. Ackman of 62 years this August, two daughters Terri and husband Leon Nath of PA., and Patricia Vukich of AZ, 5 grandchildren Jennifer Vukich of AZ., Jason Vukich of AZ., Richard Nath and wife Tracy of TX, Jonathan Nath and wife Anna of PA., and Leah Ochs and husband Matthew of PA. She also has 5 great grandchildren Alisha Salazar, Samatha Salazar, Jordan Salazar, Maia Nath, and Annabella Nath and 2 step great grandchildren Samanta and Lorenzo Sauro. She was a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ where she taught a young girls Sunday School class when she was younger. She held various jobs which included being a seamstress, bookkeeper, sales person, and bank teller. After moving to AZ in 1973 from PA she began working on the Maricopa-Pima Indian Reservation telling and showing them of the love of Jesus Christ, starting a second hand store called Helping Hands, and built Friendship Park on faith and answered prayer. She also published a book about her work and blessings with the Pima Indians. In the last few years she found a hidden talent of painting pictures and was given various awards for charity work, including a presidential award. Instead of flowers the family requests you give donations to "Hospice of the Valley" Brighton Gardens 6001 Thomas St Scottsdale AZ 85251 or to the "NAOC" of The Church of Jesus Christ,' for missionary work, 3815 East Broadway Road Mesa, Arizona 85206.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 29, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Barbara J Ackman

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May 30, 2012

A true child of God, we are blessed to have had the opportunity to have Barbara in our lives. My mother Marilyn, enjoyed so much the time she spent with Barb on the Pima Indian Reservation. She found a whole new love and hope for the Native American. May God continue to bless the family-she is leaving you with a wonderful legacy. Love Bob & Chris Nicklow

Cathy Vancik and Jim Davis

May 30, 2012

Your courage, strength and faith set a fine example for all of us to live by.
May your light shine the way for others.

Love and prayers to your family.

Faith Hemmings-Mathews and family

May 29, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Your love and lives were about nothing but living for the Lord and it's the first thing I think of when I think of the Ackmans!

May 27, 2012

We celebrate the life of our cousin Barb. She inspired us in so many ways, always with loving support, showing God's love in so many ways. Amazed us with her talent and kind love for all---you will always be in our hearts and we will strive daily to live your legacy of "love"----Joe and Paulette Griffith