First Female Mayor Of Gainesville Remembered Friday
More than one hundred people gathered to remember Gainesville's first female commissioner and mayor Friday.
Roberta "Bobbie" Kline's memorial service was held at The Thomas Center, a place that suited the early environmentalist's love for the arts. Her name is engraved on a plaque just outside the building, recognizing her as one of the commissioners when The Thomas Center became city of Gainesville property.
Former city employees remembered her as a hard worker with good communication skills. "She was quick to understand the issues and she wasn't timid," former City Attorney J.T. Frankenberger said.
Kline was remembered as more than a leader of Gainesville. For the last few years, she ran a gift shop, Loop de Loop, with her daughter. The shop, located on N.E. 16th Ave. near Main Street, is closed until Tuesday.
Kline died Sunday from cancer-related complications. She is survived by four siblings, four children and one grandchild. She was 69 years old.
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