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Mary Alice Cline Obituary
MARY ALICE WAREHAM CLINE March 3, 1927 - October 12, 2016 Mary Alice Wareham Cline's soul passed peacefully and with her usual grace into its next phase in the early evening of October 12, 2016, in Santa Monica, CA. She was surrounded by her family and by love. Born March 3, 1927 in Decatur, Illinois, daughter of Loyal Delbert Wareham and Alice Marie Cummings, she was 89.
Mary Alice Cline grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, among an extended loving family. She attended Iowa City High and the University of Iowa. She always loved and rode horses (as did her younger sister Joan) and wrote for Horse Magazine in her early 20s. She met Hubert L. Cline at the University of Iowa and they married in 1947, during his medical studies. She accompanied her husband in his career moves, including to Riverside, California with their two young daughters, Barbara and Mary Kay, in 1954. She was a social and civic activist through her homemaking years, helping found and serving on the first Riverside Community Relations Commission as well as in philanthropic organizations. With her two older girls off to college (and daughter Ibby still at home) she returned to school in her late 40s, attending RCC hoping to study physiology. At the same time she re-entered the workforce. Always an athlete, Mary Alice climbed the Grand Teton in Wyoming in 1973. In school she fell in love with art history, and graduated from UCR with Honors in 1979, completing her Master's in Art History with Honors there as well, in 1984. She also co-wrote and edited art history journal articles, and wrote art reviews for the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
She was hired by Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as Assistant Curator in European Paintings to noted and influential Curator Scott Schaefer in the mid-1980s. When Schaefer left LACMA in 1987, she became Acting Curator of European Paintings there. Subsequently she worked for the Getty Museum, and then became Director of the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) in 1989. She retired from RAM in 1994, acknowledged as having turned that nascent museum into a full-fledged art museum with groundbreaking and exquisite exhibitions. In 1996 she returned to her earlier passion for horses, riding her Peruvian Pasos in shows, winning a number of championships with her world-class stallion Noble Sol. Riding well into her 80s, she was a role model and inspiration for many. Her husband, Dr. Hubert Lynn "Herky" Cline, passed away in 2001.
Mary Alice suffered from Alzheimer's for the last decade of her life. She moved to Santa Monica in 2011, to a small homey facility, where she would insist on walking around the block several times a day, and where she enjoyed the love and care of those around her - including her constant companion kitty, Victoria -until her death.
Mary Alice is survived by her three daughters, Barbara Lynn Gaylord of Huntsville, Alabama, Mary Kay Martin of Santa Monica, California, and Elizabeth (Ibby) Cline of Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado; son-in-law Gregory Gaylord; three grandchildren Niranjan Martin (wife Jodi Loeffler), Christina Wilson, and Manjula Martin (partner Max Bell Alper); and five great-grandchildren Jessica Gaylord, Sean Hooper, Matthew Wilson, Kai Martin, and Taj Martin.
A memorial celebration in her honor will be held on Saturday, December 10th at the Riverside Art Museum at 11 a.m.
The family respectfully asks that, rather than flowers, those wishing to honor her memory may donate to the Mary Alice Cline Memorial Fund at the (http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp). You can leave a note there on her page also. Or if you prefer, you may make a donation to the Riverside Art Museum, which would undoubtedly please Mary Alice: http://www.riversideartmuseum.org/support


Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 30, 2016
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