Our beloved mom/grandma/great grandma Lillian Caroline Hineline passed away on April 27, 2022 peacefully at her home in McKinleyville California from complications of Parkinsons. We were around her, singing to her hymns her father used to sing and play on his guitar. She was absolutely tough as nails, but also one of the most loving souls ever made.
Lillian was born on August 5, 1937 at the San Joaquin Valley Hospital in Rio Vista California to a young couple named James and Violet Towers. She was the oldest of 5. She grew up in the Central Valley attending school and playing in orchards with her younger siblings in that beautiful region. As a teenager in the 50’s her family moved to Humboldt County where her father started a career in the timber industry. Lillian lived in Humboldt ever since. Shortly after high school she married her first husband Hugh Clawson and they began to raise a family of three girls and a boy. Lillian enjoyed homemaking and being a young mom.
Lillian always had a heart for helping people. In her late 20s she started her career in healthcare as a certified nursing assistant. She excelled greatly in this position. At this time she met and married her second husband Richard Hineline Sr, had another daughter, and became a stepmother to his son, and daughter. Lillian loved having a big family and was always very attentive, creative, funny, and kind. She greatly loved large family gatherings at birthdays and holidays.
Lillian decided to take her career to the next level and attended nursing school at College of the Redwoods. She graduated in 1987 and began working MedSurg at General Hospital in Eureka. She also worked at St. Lukes in Fortuna. This amazing lady worked full time as a nurse until she was 72. Doctors she worked with nicknamed her “Diamond Lil” due to her excellent care of patients, and it caught on quickly with her coworkers.
Lillian always set the best example of hardwork and caring. People were drawn to her and she was always ready to lend an ear and help. She would be out at the mall, the bank, or grocery store and people that were her patients would recognize her, and tell her she saved their life. She said was just happy to help them.
Among many other great legacies, she is leader of three generations of nurses. She inspired us all. Following in her footsteps are one of her daughters, a grandson, and a niece. Also one of her granddaughters is preparing for nursing school.
Lillian adored becoming a grandmother and enjoyed taking them on shopping excursions. They often pooped out way before she did! Lillian also cherished becoming a great grandmother. She doted over and adored them all. The feeling was always mutual. One of her great granddaughters is named after her.
Lillian loved movies and would frequent Broadway Cinema with her dear friend Phyllis with whom she had many adventures including a long trip to the Bahamas. Lillian loved animals, especially dogs, and they didn’t have to be hers. She had many great years with her beloved miniature dachshund Buffy.
She is now celebrating in the presence of the Lord Jesus which brings immeasurable peace and comfort. She attended many churches over the years with her kids, but knew true religion was caring for people like Jesus said. Her lifetime career as a nurse was her ministry. Her love of Jesus was so evident and she blessed so many.
She taught us strength in trusting God through hard times, and loss. She loved to be silly with us. She loved everybody! She loved the sound of our chitter chatter. She just loved spending time with us all. She was worried about leaving us all but ultimately she knows God will take care of us. We love you sweet mom/grandma/ great gma Lillian! Until we see you again! Lillian was preceded in death by her second husband Richard Hineline Sr., her son Michael Ray Clawson, her granddaughter Jennifer Lynn Evenson, her parents James and Violet Towers, her brother Jim Towers, and her uncle Walter Towers.
Lillian is survived by her children; Cheryl Dixon (Paul), Jodi Evenson (Bill), Gloria Clawson, Darcie Barone (Jeremy), and stepkids Tammy and Rick Hineline, grandchildren; Ken Michna (Gina), Joey (Maggie), Kenny (Hannah), and Isaac Dixon, Andrew Gallion, Sarah Campbell (Steven), Charity Clawson, Billy Evenson Jr. (Angela), Jessica Vicario (Jeremy), Timothy (Abbey), Thomas (Jenny), and Taylor Kennon, Amy Barone-Cobb (Tyler,) Emily Dittmar (Devin), Isabelle Barone, great grandchildren; Hollie, Sophia, Zoey, Emma, Connor, Carson, Cayden, Billy III, Katy, Gavin, Ayvin, Yisrael, Lilly, Zaine, Olivia, Adeline and Alice, her brothers; Guy (Alice), Ben, and Lee Towers (Kathy), her nephews; Grant (Kathy), and Glen Towers, her nieces Stephanie Rumley (Brad), Tiffany Towers, and many great nieces and nephews. Lillian is also survived by her dearest lifelong friends Phyllis Dorey, Gail Glasscock, and their families, along with many other friends.
A celebration of life will be held on June 25th 2022 at the home of her daughter in Cutten at 1PM. All friends and family of Lillian are welcome! Please call or text 707-832-3618, or send message on Facebook @LillianHineline to RSVP and get info if you would like to attend. Family wants to make sure there is plenty of food and good parking. It will be a relaxed outdoor barbecue with kid’s activities and sharing our favorite stories about her because that is what she specifically asked us to do! Please feel free to share photos and/or stories to her Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite charity that benefits people or dogs. Her family would also like to thank Redwood Coast PACE, Hospice, Mad River Community Hospital, and Agape Home Care for excellent help in mom’s times of need. Especially her dedicated caregivers Cory, Iris, Ariella, Donna, and Crystal.