Joyce N. Cline, 85, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at her home in Willow Springs following a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born Feb. 13, 1928, in Raymondville, daughter of Andy and Hazel Deweese Johnson. She and Donald White were married Feb. 15, 1948. He passed away on Sept. 28, 1966. She then married Harold Cline on May 31, 1969.

She graduated from Houston High School in 1946. She attended Draughon Business School in Springfield and later received a degree in human resources from Southwest Missouri State.

She began working for Rawlings in April 1956. She was the personnel director for all of the plants. After a three-month retirement in 1994, she accepted an invitation to work for Rawlings on a consulting basis through December 1997.

The Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board appointed her as a subject of biographical record in the Who’s Who of American Women, Fifteenth Edition, 1987/1988.

She was active in the community. She was appointed by Gov. Christopher “Kit” Bond to start the first ambulance board in Willow Springs. She was also a volunteer and board member at M.U.N.C.H. (Missourian’s United to Combat Hunger) in Willow Springs.

She enjoyed nature, birds and traveling on cruise ships.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; and five siblings, Jack Johnson, Edna Duff, Delilah Sillyman, Frances Fortier, Ralph Johnson and Andy Lee Johnson.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Harold Cline of Willow Springs; a sister, Marivonne Langham of Raymondville; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial services are Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Willow Springs. Private inurnment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Willow Funeral Home.

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