On February 2, 2022, Helen Irene Cline died peacefully in her home, from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Born on September 23, 1942 in Pomeroy, Washington to Cecil and Helen Kimble, Irene is survived by Gary Cline, husband of 55 years; children Christine (Stephen Kirchmeier), Catherine (Christopher O’Brien) and Michael (Magdalena), grandchildren Alene, Jackson, Marcus and Lucas, and sister Inez. Irene was preceded in death by her loving sisters Edna Downing and Cecilia Price.
Irene graduated from Walla Walla High (‘60) and moved to Pasco, where she met Gary. She then worked at Boeing before beginning a family, and returned to school to complete an Associates degree at Green River Community College in Occupational Therapy, and worked at Seatoma Convalescent Center for several years before retiring.
Irene meant “peace” which she embodied completely, remaining calm through any storm. Irene made friends easily, and never spoke an ill word of others. She enjoyed spending her time gardening, organizing, challenging her very sharp mind with puzzles and playing cards, especially bridge with her loyal group over 55 years, and blackjack. Above all, she loved spending time with her beloved grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held September 23rd, 2-4pm, in the William C. Warren Building at Veterans Memorial Park in Auburn. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 E Ohio St. Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611.