Helen Cline


Helen Cline
July 12, 1913 - March 25, 2011

Helen D. Cline of Walla Walla and formerly of Milton-Freewater passed away March 25, 2011, at her home at the age of 97 years. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Milton-Freewater with Rev. Ginger Johnston officiating. A private family interment will be at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Helen Cline to the PEO, PCE Scholarship Fund or the Grace Presbyterian Church in care of the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.

Helen Dorothy Cline was born on July 12, 1913, the daughter of F.W. and Rena May (Evans) Creaser in Pocatello, Idaho. Helen attended school in Roberts, Idaho, and later graduated from San Diego High
School. After high school she attended the University of Idaho and received a bachelor's degree. On Nov. 24, 1936, she married Harry F. Cline in Roberts, Idaho, and together the couple started a family. They later moved to Milton-Freewater, where Harry worked for Umatilla County as an extension agent and Helen worked at the J.C. Penney's Department store. After she raised her children, Helen moved in 1970
to the Tri-Cities, where she continued working at the Bon Marche until her retirement. Harry preceded her in death in 1991 and in 2007, Helen settled in Walla Walla to be closer to her family. Helen was a member
of the Grace Presbyterian Church in Milton-Freewater and was a 50-year member of the PEO Chapter AP, Order of Eastern Star Loyalty Chapter and the Extension Homemakers Club of both Umatilla and Benton counties. She enjoyed being a homemaker but also loved crafts, sewing, knitting and was a 4-H leader for 20 years.

Survivors include her children, Mary Lou Crouter of College Place, Dick Cline of Pasco and Tom Cline of Prosser; sister, Betty Holland of Bothell, Wash.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a niece; nephews and other relatives and friends. Her parents; and a daughter, Barbara Lee Cline, all preceded her in death.


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