Hattie Josephine Cline Walker Grubbs

Hattie Josephine Cline Walker Grubbs

Hattie Josephine Cline Walker Grubbs

- February 15, 2019

Hattie Josephine Cline Walker Grubbs, 89, Spearfish, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2019 at Good Samaritan in New Underwood, SD.

     Hattie Cline was born June 19, 1929.  Her parents, Leslie and Irene Cline, named her after each of her grandmothers; Hattie and Josephine.  But eventually her name evolved into Jo, Jody or Aunt Jo; however, some called her Hattie or Hattie Jo.  Hattie grew up in a bustling home with nine siblings.  Her father played the family organ often in the evenings, which Hattie especially enjoyed.  Her mother, Irene, had a beautiful voice and loved to sing as well.

     Jo loved the beauty of nature.  A mountain scene was as captivating to her as power or privilege might be to others.  She enjoyed her gardens of flowers and vegetables.  She liked things simple, clean, and welcoming to others.  She was shy and soft spoken and taught her children more by example.  She felt disappointment and hurts deeply, but she seldom shared them with others, but held her peace.

     As a single mother of five children, Hattie Jo worked full time and then went the extra mile to make her house a home for her children.  She made sure that her children shared in family devotions every day.  She was an excellent cook who knew how to stretch her pennies.  At mealtimes there was always a hearty meal for her children, even on the most frugal days there were still plenty of pancakes to go around for supper.  She could stretch a pound of hamburger to make enough goulash to feed an army.

     Years later, when her children had left the nest, Hattie Jo often traveled with her second husband, Afton, in their little pickup pulling a tiny camper.  They put many miles on that little pickup, visiting many states in the U.S.  She liked to travel, and she especially loved to visit family wherever they lived.

     Hattie did not desire to travel the world or climb Mount Everest.  In hind sight, one might think that she had small dreams or unfulfilled dreams.  But, I think, her greatest dream was to see her children succeed.  Jo loved being a mother.  She was a woman who had a fearless love for her children.  She prayed for her children, and she never gave up on them.  She was a pillar, a monument who raised a family in fragile circumstances.  And, later, she continued alone when her second husband, Afton, passed.  Still, she would tell you today, if she could, that she had many joys that far outweighed the hard times, because Jesus was always there with her.

     Later, when dementia took hold of her life, she remained loving but became more outgoing.  The staff at Good Samaritan, all agreed when anyone was having a bad day, Hattie could always lift their spirits with her funny antics and smiles.  She loved to dance and sing, so where ever there was special music, that is where you would find Hattie.

     She is survived by her brothers, Chris Cline (Linda) of San Ramon, CA, and David Cline (Sherry) of Bill, WY; sisters-in-law, Pat Cline of Powel WY, and Karen Cline of Scottsbluff, NE; daughter-in-law, Zelly Walker-Rees of Newton, KS;  children, Darell and Connie Walker of Minden, NE, Duane and Ada Walker of Piedmont, SD, Janet and Rene Diaz of Piedmont, SD, and Clinton E. Walker of Piedmont, SD; and her grandchildren, Angela (Doug) Althouse of Minden, NE, Shawn Walker of Omaha, NE, Ladd (Donna) Walker of Omaha, NE, Chad (Ana Sophia) Walker of Meldon, MA, Andy (Emily) Walker of Kansas City, MO, Jennifer Hummelle of Midland, MI, Jennifer Gruel of Fayetteville, NC, Natalie (Jon) Murphy of Piedmont, SD, Cara Diaz of Minneapolis, MN, Sophia (Richard) Meyer of Piedmont, SD, Kyleena Diaz of Piedmont, SD, Trinidad (Brianna) Diaz of Ft. Bragg, NC, Paula Diaz of Camp Pendelton, CA, and Kezia Diaz of Ft. LeJieune, NC; and 17 great-grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by husbands, Clinton C. Walker and Afton Grubbs; son, Dennis Lee Walker; infants, David and Cindy Walker; brothers, Leslie Cline, Eldie Cline (Sharon), and Charles Cline; and her sisters, Wilma (Archie) Moore, Wanda Smelcer, and Jean Ann (Stan) Smith.

     Visitation will be Saturday, February 16, beginning at 12:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

     Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be at Bayard Cemetery in Bayard, NE.

     Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.


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