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Carol Kline

Carol Kline

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GIBSON CITY — Carol Elaine Kline, 89, peacefully left this world at 6:33 p.m. Friday (March 18, 2011) at the Mercer County Nursing Home, Aledo.

Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Gibson City United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kevin Boesen officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Mrs. Kline was born March 19, 1921, in Ironwood, Mich., a daughter of Joseph and Ethel Paull Perkins.

Carol graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught elementary school for two years.

She married Elden Edward Kline on Feb. 6, 1946, in Gibson City, where they owned and operated a veterinary clinic for more than 40 years. He died on March 30, 2005.

Surviving are three daughters, Susan (Greg) Schroeder, Oglesby; Deborah (Bill) Breeden, Aledo; and Sarah (Dean) Meador, Mahomet; a son, Phil Kline, Onarga; seven grandchildren, Jody Pedone, Eric Schroeder, Matthew Breeden, Carrie Trimble, Melissa Tompkins, Cory Kline and Jessica Tompkins; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Tompkins, who died on Dec. 11, 2003.

Mrs. Kline was an avid reader, a piano player and a loyal Chicago Cubs, Bears and Illini fan.

She enjoyed her summer home in Hayward, Wis., surrounded by her family, whom she loved dearly. She also enjoyed bird watching, long walks and rides in the pontoon and paddleboat.

Memorial tributes may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Gibson City United Methodist Church or to an organization of the donor’s choice. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements.

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