TUSCALOOSA Jean Kathryn Cline, age 88, of Tuscaloosa, died August 25, 2013, at her home following a long illness. A private funeral service will be held with Rev. Charles Pieplow officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Sunset Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider.
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She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Cline; her parents, Merle Kyle and Antone Schumacher; her brother, George Albert Schumacher; and her sister, Phyllis Marie Schumacher.
Survivors include her daughter, Kathryn Cline Byrd (Gene); her son, Richard L. Cline, Jr.; her granddaughters, Jeannette Byrd of Peterson, Ala. and Dana Byrd of Corpus Christi, Texas; and her great-granddaughters, Lydia and Julia Byrd.
Jean was born in Muscatine, Iowa, where she was raised until she was 16. She graduated from Davenport, Iowa, High School and attended the University of Iowa and the University of Colorado Extension. She worked in physicians' offices in both Iowa and Colorado, and later assisted her husband in the family business, Richard Cline Film Productions, which produced educational films. She continued to manage his business for several years after his death. Talented musically, she played the piano and flute, and instructed beginning flute students while still in high school. She was active in her church, particularly in the care of elderly shut-ins, loved taking adult education classes, traveled extensively both in the U.S. and abroad, and was a voracious reader. A lifelong Lutheran, Jean had a strong religious faith and spoke often about her close relationship with her Lord.
Her greatest love was her family. She was a patient and devoted mother who opened her home to the neighborhood kids. She adored her granddaughters, whom she called her dividends, and her great-granddaughters, whom she called her bonuses. She moved to Alabama in her later years to be closer to her family, and Nana will be missed by all.
The family wants to express special thanks to Dr. Debra S. Davis, Dr. Jeanne Lipscomb, Dr. Rick Thomason, Hospice of West Alabama, Always There and Home Instead Services, and those who offered their prayers during her long illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404, or University Lutheran Church, 911 Fifth Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on Aug. 31, 2013