promoted to glory/ Brigadier Therma Cline

Brigadier Therma Cline, 95, was promoted to Glory on April 9.

Cline was born near Alva, Okla., where her father was a wheat farmer, on June 6, 1917. The family became Salvation Army soldiers at the Pueblo (Colo.) Corps.

Cline entered the Training College in San Francisco and was commissioned in 1936 with The World for God Session. Her first appointment was to Billings, Mont., followed by eight corps appointments in Colorado and Montana, and one in Ontario, Calif..

She was then appointed to the Trade Department in San Francisco, where she served for 30 years and was  active in the San Francisco Citadel Corps. When Trade moved to Southern California, she became bookkeeper for all the thrift stores under the San Francisco ARC. She retired in 1981, but continued there for an additional five years.

Cline traveled extensively. She went to the Holy Land twice, and joined General Arnold Brown on a tour of Russia while it was still a communist country. She also traveled to Japan, throughout Europe and South America, China, Tibet, Australia, New Zealand, all of the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska.

She loved  knitting; even in the hospital, she had her yarn and needles. Just a few days before her death, over 200 baby sweaters were sent overseas for mothers with new babies.

Cline is survived by two nephews, James Leroy Cline and James Lowry Cline.

A memorial service was held at the South San Francisco Citadel Corps, with current corps officer Lt. Sean O’Brien and former corps officers Majors Daniel and Carole Abella and Captains Phil and Lawry Smith participating.

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