Obituary Details

Iris Pauline Cline

(05/09/1920 - 10/08/1997)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 09/30/1997

Iris Pauline Cline

Iris Pauline Cline, a long-time resident of Wilburton, OK, passed away October 8, 1997, after a brief illness.

On May 9, 1920, on the family homestead at Hat Creek, WY, Iris was the first born child of Fred and Sylvania (Howell) Bryant. She finished the 8th grade at the Hat Creek School then moved to Lusk, WY and graduated from Niobrara High School in 1938.

During high school Iris worked for Bell Telephone Company as an operator and continued her employment with the Bell Telephone Systems until she retired as a trainee supervisor in Dallas on June 26, 1973. After moving to Wilburton she began a seven year career with the Wilburton Public School System.

In Lusk, as a young girl, she joined the First Baptist Church and remained a faithful member all her life.

On August 8, 1941, she married Virgil L. Cline of Ponca City, OK.

Iris expended a great deal of time, thought and energy working on projects for the betterment of her community. Civic affairs caught her attention and she regularly served on the Latimer County Election Board, chaired the Annual Quilt Show held during the Fall Festival at Robbers Cave, and participated as a board member for KiBois Head Start. She was an active member of the AARP, FCE (Extension Homemakers), and the Kiamichi Guilt Guide. Iris was also a member of Bryant-Kant VFW Auxiliary #10390.

She is survived by two sons, Virgil Fred Cline and his wife JoAnn, of Broken Arrow, and Gene Ray Cline and his wife Marti, of Fayetteville, AR; two grandchildren, Greg and Ryan Cline of Tulsa; her brother Howell (Burr) Bryant of Lusk, WY, and two sisters, Evelyn Guibault of Hemet, CA, and Tiny Crofutt of Lusk, WY.

Iris was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil, February 17, 1972, two brothers, George, killed in action in WW II in the Pacific Theatre, and John of Lusk, WY, and an infant sister Donna.

Iris loved to travel and visit with friends and family members. She received great pleasure in enriching the lives of others. She will be missed by her family and a host of friends.

Services were conducted Monday, October 13, 1997 at the First Baptist Church in Wilburton, OK under the direction of the Waldrop Funeral Home. Graveside services and burial was at Rosehill Cemetery in Armore, OK.

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