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Emma “Lee” Clines

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Lee was an employee of the City of Dallas for 46 years, including 13 with the Dallas Water Utilities where she worked to acquire land for Lake Ray Hubbard, Lake Tawakoni and the pipeline. And, 33 years with the Park & Recreation Department in design/construction contract compliance on bond funded projects such as the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas Zoo, Dallas Arboretum, Music Hall at Fair Park, The Science Place, and the Museum of African American Life & Culture.  
Lee retired 17 years ago to the ranch in Becker, Kaufman County, where she had lived since 1996, to continue her real estate broker practice, raise cattle, travel and volunteer service for the Becker United Methodist Church.  
A long time member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, she later transitioned to KIT and the sisterhood she so valued.   
Born in 1928 in Vernon to J.L. and Ella Corbell, Lee passed peacefully April 19, 2019 at the ranch after 90 memory-filled years with family, friends and colleagues.  
She leaves behind a family whose love for her is beyond words.
She is survived bychildren Kenneth Clines and Linda Burns, son-in-law Don, daughter-in-law Kerry, grandchildren Rick, Kevin and Seth Clines, Chris and Craig Burns and four great-grandchildren.  
Memorials may be made to Kemp Volunteer Fire Department, 1307 S. Elm, Kemp, Texas 75143; the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011,; or to the charity of your choice.  
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. May 5, 2019 at Becker United Methodist Church with Pastor David Sprattley officiating.  For directions visit
A personal tribute may be made online at


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