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Velma Cline, 91 - May 20, 2009

Velma Jane (Baney) Cline, 91, of McCook died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook.
Services were held Wednesday, May 20, at 11 a.m. MT, at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Brian Fong officiating. Interment followed services at the Benkelman Cemetery.
Cline was born Jan. 13, 1918, at Benkelman, the first of 11 children born to William Arthur and Mary Amanda (Richard) Baney.
She graduated from Benkelman High School in 1937, and furthered her education at the Hasting Business College.
On Feb. 19, 1941, she was united in marriage to James Max Cline at Benkelman, the couple residing on a farm three miles north of Parks. To this union, two daughters were born.
Cline was a 4-H leader for cooking and sewing and a sponsor for Y-Teens as well as being a busy farm wife and mother, according to family members.
In 1998, she and her husband retired from farming and moved to McCook. Following the death of her husband in October of 2008, she continued to reside at McCook, then at Willow Ridge for a short time before moving to the Hillcrest Nursing Home in April of 2009.
She was a 50-year member of the United Methodist Church and was active in the Parks Methodist Church until in burned down on Dec. 7, 1977. She then transferred membership to the Benkelman United Methodist Church where she continued her involvement in the UMW and Women’s Circle.
Cline was a conversationalist and enjoyed visiting with family and friends as well as gardening, knitting, crocheting and collecting salt and pepper shakers, said family members.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, William and Mary Baney; her husband of over 67 years, James Max Cline; three brothers—Evertt Baney, Dale Baney and Billie Baney; brothers-in-law—Junior Andres, Delbert Nelson, Jack Whiteside, Lyle Hansen and Ed Zimbleman.
Survivors include: her daughters—Merril Jane (Marvin) McMichael of Gothenburg, and Erlene May (Jim) Coghill of Ogallala; five grandchildren—Crystal (Mark) Rainforth of Grand Island, Gregg (Sherri) McMichael of Gothenburg, Andrea (Ted) Larsen of Lincoln, Bradley (Jenny) Coghill of Whittier, CA, and Curt (Meggan) Coghill of Omaha; 11 great-grandchildren—Tiffany (Jared), Aaron, Branndon, Dillon, Jerrod, Elliot, Chandler, Connor, Tanner, Tyler and Hannah; sisters—Elila Whiteside of San Antonio, TX, Ruby (Bill) Stock and Barbara (Earl) Pursley, all of McCook, Leta Andres and Helen (Wilfred) Hansen, all of Benkleman, and Bonnie Nelson of Denver, CO; a brother, Jimmie (Mary) Baney of Benkelman; sisters-in-law—Delorse Baney of Payton, CO, and Donna Baney of Benkelman; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorials are suggested to the Benkelman United Methodist Church and the National Arthritis Foundation.