Nellie Cline in 1973.
|Birth:||4 December 1863|
Matteson Township, Michigan, USA
|Death:||9 February 1975|
|Age:||111 years, 67 days|
Nellie was born in Matteson Township, Branch County, Michigan, as Nellie Amelia Coward. Her parents were John Coward and Elizabeth Coward nee Benton. On 4 October 1881, she married Bert Cline, and the couple lived on a farm until his death in 1952. The couple had four children: three sons Ivan, John and Almus and a daughter Mildred who died young. Bert, her husband, was the sheriff of Branch County from 1918-1924. He chose his wife to work by his side, making her Branch County's first female deputy sheriff. She wore a gun and a badge, just like her husband and was interested in politics. She lived through four presidential assassinations, three major wars, and was an avid reader. She finished high school at the age of 18 and started farming along with her husband on the Oscar Cline homestead. In 1951, they were believed to be Michigan's longest wedded couple and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
At the time of her death she had four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
Nellie Cline died on 9 February 1975, at the age of 111 years, 67 days.