Rita Cline

Rita Cline 1923 / 2010

"JB" Photo Creation
Rita Cline 1948

Rita A. Cline, age 87, passed away Thursday November 4, 2010 at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison. Rita was a native of Billings, Montana; living her formative years in New Marion, Indiana with her Father and Step Mother, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Holzer.

She graduated from New Marion High School, performing on the cheer-leading team four years, then serving her Country as a member of the security department at Jefferson Proving Ground during World War II.

Rita married Indiana State Trooper Robert Cline at the Methodist Parsonage on Madison’s West Main Street March 18, 1948, The Rev. Frank Templin officiating; then followed her husband’s employment to several sectors of Indiana mandated by State Police Operations.

Living 30 years in Richmond, Rita participated in a number of business and social activities, one being a top real estate sales person for which friends labeled her “Mayor” of the west side.

She was an accomplished creator of stained glass items, pursued fishing plus pistol/rifle shooting with a life long membership in the National Rifle Association.

Rita loved Madison, and when retirement arrived for her and her husband she found their niche in downtown Madison and began attending Prince of Peace Catholic Church on East Second Street, but the “Light of her Life” was her daughter Amanda.

Rita is survived by her husband, retired State Police Colonel Robert Cline of Madison; daughter, Amanda Ferris of Greenfield, granddaughter, Heather Guntrum of Carmel, two great-grandchildren, Ethan Robert and Eva Marie Guntrum. She had two step sisters: Rosella Holzer of Versailles, Indiana and Marge Downer of Molt, Montana.

Memorial services were November 7, 2010 at Lytle Funeral Chapel. Burial was November 8th at Greendale Cemetery in Osgood, Indiana.

"Green Green Grass Of Home"

The Beginning

It was an early fall evening, in 1946, when a black Ford two-door drove into a parking space on the east side of Versailles, Indiana's Court House Inn.

A.M. Cline & son were sitting on the Inn’s steps and noticed a young women, dressed in jodhpurs and leather vest, exit the black Ford and walk to a grocery store across the street from their location.

Court House Inn Steps

The Ford driver is identified as the person in the following photograph and dressed the same as that 1946 evening in Versailles, except for the Winchester rifle.

NRA Sharpshooter

She exited the grocery store and again crossed the street to the black Ford, driving away from the center of Versailles. Who could have imagined what would come to pass, the next 62-plus years, for the son and sharpshooter?

"Meet Rita Cline - Mandy's Mom"


She "Walks The Plank" Of The Delta Queen

Shopping On The Delta Queen

Belle Of Louisville Cruise

The Riverfront

"Come Back"

"Mayor" On Madison's Riverfront


Broadway Fountain Park


Jim White Visits MacLane

Mom Talks & Mandy Listens Walking Back From Regatta

Rita In Black & White

B&O RR High-Bridge Summer 1948

Norris Dam/Lake Fall 1948

Richmond 1960

#1 Richmond Realtor

Jim White Names Her "Mayor"

Rita had a long, varied, and successful business and public service career in West Richmond and Wayne County, Indiana. Her family and friends were quite proud of both her private and public contributions in this sector of Eastern, Indiana.

Rita's notable public service began, during World War II, when she served as a member of the Army's Jefferson Proving Ground Security Force; assigned driver/escort for both civilian and military personnel with official business south of JPG's firing line.

1944 JPG Photograph
Auxiliary Military Police Jefferson Proving Ground

Along The Way

New Marion School

New Marion High School Marker

With Rita "Family First"

Daughter Amanda & Granddaughter Heather

Great-Grandson - Ethan Robert - First Meeting

Dad & Mom

Mandy & Mom


Mandy's Mom Was Kind

Greendale November 8th

The Silence Of A Falling Star
Lights Up A Purple Sky
And As I Wonder Where You Are
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry @

@ Courtesy Hank Sr.

Trooper David McKalip
Escorted Rita Cline To Her Final Rest
ISP Escort

March 18, 1998
50th Wedding Anniversary
"You Were My Reason For Living"
"You Were My Everything"

Rita Cline Memorial

12/29/2010 Walnut Street & Vaughn Drive

Patty Parks

Jim White

Special friends established a Memorial to Rita Cline; someone
they both knew as "Mayor" from West Richmond, Indiana days.
Two People "Rita Cline/Mayor" loved.
Patty Parks & Jim White.

"Stand By"

Meanwhile "As Time Goes By"

"Ode To Ma Bean" by JB.

Around The Corner!
Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
She knows I like her just as well,
As in the days when I rang her bell,
And she rang mine.

And now we are busy, tired to the end.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
"Tomorrow" I say "I will call on Ma Bean"
"Just to show that I'm thinking of her."
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner!- yet miles away,
"Here's a telegram sir--"
"Ma Bean died today."
And that's what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.