CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation 2019 Annual Report - Page 12

By Steven Alford There is an old adage that says “Love isn’t love until you give it away.” For longtime Corpus Christi residents Patty and Joe Mueller, their love for the South Texas community they call home translated into a passion for giving back. Patty Mueller was born in Laredo, where she lived until she married the love of her life, Joe Mueller in 1954. That union brought her to his hometown of Corpus Christi which became their forever home. In 1957, the pair started Mueller Engineering, a petroleum engineering firm which they ran together for more than 40 years. The couple became pillars of the community as their company grew and soon were serving as civic leaders. The pair developed a passion for giving back which continued throughout their lives and careers. My activities, my possessions, my talents and my blessings are all gifts from our Heavenly Father Patty Mueller “My activities, my possessions, my talents and my blessings are all gifts from our Heavenly Father,” she recalled. “I do not believe He blessed me to keep worldly goods for myself and not share my blessings with people or worthy projects.” For Patty, her first foray into volunteerism was at the gift shop at then Shoreline Hospital. The old gift shop was located in an old elevator near the front entrance, which she remembers fondly, though a little claustrophobic, she jokes. “I particularly enjoyed getting to know the wonderful sisters who cared for anyone who walked in the 12