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Dorothy May Cline

December 23, 1924 ~ July 9, 2019 (age 94)


Dorothy May Cline, age 94, of Beardstown, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born December 23, 1924 in Keokuk, IA, the daughter of David George Rulon and Laverna Ethel Simmons Rulon Culves. She married Homer Henry Cline on March 22, 1947 at Rushville United Methodist Church and he preceded her in death December 24, 1988.

She is survived by her children Larry Dale (wife Bibi) Cline and Kimberly Kay Cline (husband Jim) Watson both of Beardstown, three grandsons Matthew James, Joshua Taylor, and Zachary David Watson; and a daughter adopted with love Diane Lauzon of Rushville. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Dorothy attended Beardstown Schools and then began working at Illinois Glove Factory and Steak and Shake before starting a family. She was a homemaker who made sure her children had everything they needed. She was kind hearted, never met a stranger and always put others first. Her friends and family always knew the door was open if they needed anything.  She would great you with a smile and leave you with a hug and kiss.

Known for her ease in frequent conversation with even total strangers, some may be surprised to learn of the extreme shyness of her youth. Yet even as a child, she possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, who even now are being changed by her witness of constant nurturing love and faith. Her signature gift of joy, shown through her constant smiling, laughter, and joking around, will never be forgotten.

Family and friends were Dorothy’s passion and delight. She grew up poor by many standards but she was rich in the love and kindness that she gave to everyone she encountered. She loved to celebrate holidays with friends and family.  She would cook enough food to feed an army.   Christmas was such an important time of the year for her.  She would start buying gifts almost after the first of the year.  Presents would be packed around the tree.  She would sit and admire the lights and ornaments for hours at a time.  Christmas morning always brought her family together to share gifts of love from her heart and a day of cooking, eating and game playing.

Dorothy lived for her family.  She loved her children and grandchildren with all of her heart.  She not only was a homemaker but she raised her three grandchildren.  They called her Nanny!  She saw them take their first steps, kissed their boo boos, rocked and sang them to sleep.  She praised their every accomplishment big or small.  Seeing them grow to become loving people gave her such pride and joy.

Possessing a true servant's heart, Dorothy faithfully cared for friends and family through her delicious cooking and baking.  Mrs. Cline enjoyed keeping busy with her many hobbies throughout her life which included: roller skating, a love for music and dancing, sewing / embroidering, baking and decorating cakes /cookies especially at Christmas time surrounded by her family, canning, bird watching and raising her beloved roses. She recently attended the Beardstown First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Beardstown VFW Auxiliary Post #1239. Dorothy was a classy lady who loved to dress up and just recently fell in love with having her nails polished while bonding with her daughter. She cherished family and will be greatly missed by all.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown. Burial will be in the Beardstown City Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 6-8 PM Friday at the memorial home.

Memorials have been suggested to Zachary Watson for his college education expenses. Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.


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July 12, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory
515 State Street
Beardstown, IL 62618

Funeral Service
July 13, 2019

10:00 AM
Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory
515 State Street
Beardstown, IL 62618

July 13, 2019

Beardstown City Cemetery
Corner of IL RT 125 and Arenzville Rd
Beardstown, IL 62618

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