Erma Hackman Cline died on January 27, 2017, 92 years old. She was married to Rex Barton Cline from 1950 until his death in 2010. Their children are Jane Elizabeth Peoples (Don), Nancy Ann Cline, Lisa Kay Moncrief (Monty). Grandchildren are Jason Peoples, Lindsay Peoples, Ryan Peoples, Dakota Moncrief (Leslie), Conner Moncrief, and Mariana Moncrief. Great grandchildren are Mason and Mallory Moncrief.
Erma was born on July 4, 1924 to Herman and Lillie Hackman in Jackson County, Indiana. She grew up on their family farm with her brothers Otto, Roy, Ben, Herman, and Louis who have all preceded her in death. Erma graduated from Vallonia High School in 1942 and Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. She worked as an RN in Columbus, Indiana until 1949 when she and her cousin, Norma Shoemaker, packed up everything they owned and moved to Greeley, Colorado to work at Welds County Hospital.
As Rex's wife, Erma supported and encouraged him as their family moved for his work from Colorado to New York, Florida, back to Colorado and finally to Texas. They lived in Houston from 1964-1985, and then retired and moved to Whitehouse, Texas. Erma and Rex enjoyed their retirement years living on Leisure Lane. Erma was very active at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tyler participating in the Quilting Guild, Bible Study, Prime Timers, and also in the Whitehouse Chapter of the Smith County Home Extension. She and Rex had a huge garden where she especially enjoyed growing tomatoes and had a huge area for her beautiful day lilies. They traveled all over the United States enjoying many trips with family and friends. She loved sewing, watching bluebirds, reading, and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles.
In 2013, after Rex's death, Erma moved to The Woodlands, Texas to live at The Forum where she completed her life of faith, friendship, and giving. The graveside service celebrating Erma's life will be held February 11, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Whitehouse Cemetery. Memorials can be sent to: Upbring, P.O. Box 140767, Austin, TX 78714-9919 and Lutheran Bible Translators (in support of Tim & Lisa Beckendorf) P.O. Box 789, Concordia, MO 64020.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Feb. 10, 2017