Viola May Cline, 86 years of age, of Bertrand, died Friday, Aug, 10, 2012 at Christian Homes Care Community in Holdrege.
Memorial services will be conducted from the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Darrel Wissmann officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Greenwood Cemetery at Lexington. There will be no visitation. The family is honoring her wish for cremation.
Viola was born May 17, 1926 at Lexington, the second of six children born to Thomas James and Martha Marie (Sullivan) Hagan. She received her primary education and later graduated from Lexington Public Schools with the Class of 1944. Viola helped with the family after graduation. Later, with her sister Clara and cousin, Doris (Hollibaugh) Green, the girls traveled to Denver to work in the factories during the war. Viola and Doris went to work for the Cleo Plunkett Shows and met Kenny Cline who was employed by the Gill Gray Circus.
She was united in marriage to Kenneth Irwin Cline on May 21, 1958 at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln. The family was blessed with two daughters: Valerie and Sandra. The family made their home on acreage in Bertrand since 1964 to be close to Viola's family.
Viola and Kenny enjoyed the concession business and continued working for the Carden and Johnson Shrine Circus. They expanded on their own in 1960, serving cotton candy, sno cones and chocolate nut sundaes on a stick. They worked fairs in Nebraska and Kansas where Viola and Kenny enjoyed serving the public.
Viola loved her family and often would stay home with the girls. She enjoyed taking care of their small farm, working with livestock and gardening. Viola also enjoyed a trip to the Platte for some fishing. Always being outdoors with the dogs and the grandkids was the best for her.
She leaves to mourn her passing her daughters: Valerie (Gary) Percival of Oxford, Sandy (Mike) Hill of Loup City; four grandchildren, Ian (Patty) Stewart of North Platte, Ahron Stewart of Lexington, Jessica and Thomas Percival in Oxford; one great-grandson, Aiden Stewart of Lexington; sisters, Clara Schlotman of Ocean Park, Wash., Agnes (Edsel) Chandler of Smithfield, Lois Hagan of Bertrand; sister-in-law, Phyillis Richardson of Elm Creek and a host of other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Kenneth, in 1977 and brothers, William (Bill) Hagan and Ralph Hagan.
A memorial has been established and kindly suggested to Alzheimer's Association or to donor's choice.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of arrangements.