Sandra Vergil Cline, 90, Newkirk, Okla.: Dec. 20, 1928 – June 4, 2019

NEWKIRK, Okla. – Sandra Vergil Cline, longtime Newkirk, Okla., resident and former Newkirk librarian, died Tuesday morning, June 4, 2019, at her home. She was 90.

The daughter of Virgil Vere and Emily Jeannette (Adams) Sherrod, Sandra was born Dec. 20, 1928, in Garber, Okla. A short time later the family moved to Perry, Okla., where her father was employed by the Perry Daily Journal. Her sister, Juhree, and brother, Kim, were born there. At the beginning of World War II, the family moved back to Newkirk where both parents were raised, and the children were welcomed too.

Sandra was raised and received her education in Newkirk. While in high school she received the Bausch Science Award, and she graduated with the class of 1947.

Following graduation, Sandra planned to attend Oklahoma State University and was enrolled and pledged to a sorority. She became reacquainted with Doug Cline who had been five years ahead of her in school. After he had already studied ancient history, German, math and science, nothing was leading to a degree, and he was needed to help his father on their ranch, so he insisted they both quit school and get married.

On Aug. 1, 1948, a day that was so hot some of the candles almost melted, Sandra and Earl Douglas Cline were married in the First Presbyterian Church of Newkirk. They moved a house onto the ranch in Kaw Country near Doug’s parents’ home, which had running water. The family remodeled the house, and Doug built a storm shelter near their house. In April 1956, a tornado almost a half mile wide hit both houses and destroyed almost everything in them. They moved into Newkirk and Doug drove the 17 miles to the ranch to work every day. Sandra became secretary of Newkirk Businessmen’s Association, which soon became the Chamber of Commerce. She also served as the Newkirk Tag Agent and manager of the Newkirk Credit Bureau.

After resigning from her positions, she became active in the local Republican Party. She held office as area district, and state committeewoman. The area was composed of 11 precincts and was recognized statewide for the election headquarters, organization and many activities. Credit for this is also due to the many precinct officials. The election of Henry Bellman as the first Republican governor since statehood was a time for jubilee by all.

Sandra became the bookkeeper for Kay County District Two for 12 years and then the job of librarian for the Newkirk Public Library became available; certainly a different kind of bookkeeping job for sure, but one she held for 25 years. The library board members provided excellent help and strong support for all activities during the year. Sandra’s goal was to provide not only a quantity of books, but the best quality. She worked to have summer reading programs for the children with themes based on age groups. These proved to be fun as well as educational for the kids that attended. Her greatest achievement was instigating the building of a new library, paid for by many contributors instead of taxes or government aid. It was built in 2006. Sound recordings, large print books, a big meeting room, and computers to access information have been added.

Sandra’s last project was making the cemetery more beautiful with the addition of 77 trees plus a number of roses and crepe myrtles. There is also a new visitor’s area with benches and large rocks filed with flowers.

Sandra was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newkirk. She enjoyed a number of trips to Hawaii and Europe, and she started a garden in her front yard that is blooming out of control now. If she could, Sandra would probably say “I had a good life. Thanks to all who helped me.”

Sandra is survived by her siblings, Juhree Vanderpool, of Newkirk, and Jeredy Kim Sherrod, of Sacramento, Calif.; a number of nephews and nieces; and many friends.

She was preceded in death by Doug, her husband of 61 years, on Nov. 9, 2009, and her parents.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, in the First Presbyterian Church of Newkirk, with the Rev. Mark Southard officiating. Interment will follow in the Newkirk Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service. The body will lie in state at the funeral home Thursday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Those serving as casket bearers will be Warren Wing, Jeff Kubik, Mike Hull, Tom Rigdon, Walter Shafer and Robert Boone. Honorary bearers are Lynn Scott and Ike Glass and Harold Harris, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that Sandra Cline be remembered with contributions made in her name to either the First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 404, Newkirk, OK 74647-0404, or to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 445 Fairview Ave., Ponca City, OK 74601-1923.

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