La Grande, Oregon
Evalyn Lois Cross, 92, of La Grande, died Oct. 1 at a local care center.
A funeral will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Daniels-Knopp Funeral, Cremation & Life Celebration Center, 1502 Seventh St. in La Grande. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery. A viewing will be held today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Daniels-Knopp.
Evalyn was born April 11, 1917, to George and Olive (Haak) Kirkpatrick in Mount Vernon, Iowa. She moved to California in 1938 and married Harry Cross in 1943. They lived in Lawndale, Banning and then San Diego.
Evalyn was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She helped her husband in his construction and rental properties business, and they also enjoyed traveling. He preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 1974. She remained in San Diego and was a member of the arts and crafts group through the Unity Church until October 1981 when she moved to Portland to be near her son. While living in Portland she greeted and signed-in people for Loaves and Fishes for 10 years as a volunteer.
Her hobbies included traveling and making needlepoint pictures and pillows, which she gave to friends and family. She also made three hooked rugs for Timberline Lodge. In 1997 she moved to La Grande, where she was active with the senior center and attended the First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, David and Mindy Cross of Cove; daughter and son-in-law, Eleanor and Monte Broaded of Indianapolis, Ind.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Lillian Cody of Missouri and Ardis Moore of Iowa; and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by sister, Bonnybel Graham; and brothers, Leo and Roe Kirkpatrick.
Memorial contributions may be made to the senior center or the GRH Hospice in care of Daniels-Knopp.
La Grande Observer – October 05, 2009