CROSS, Patricia Benny, 82, passed away in her home on November 17, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. A resident of Wellesley for almost 50 years, Patricia was the loving wife of the late Warren ""Red"" Cross and the devoted mother of Deborah Cross Werner and her husband Richard of Bethesda, Cynthia Cross Boyle of Chatham and Terrence Boyle of Wellesley, Warren Cross, Jr. and his wife Kristin of Natick, Melissa Cross Bowser and her husband David of Wellesley, and Daphne Cross Rayment and her husband Sean of Medfield. She was also the doting grandmother of Jamie, Morgan, and Stephen Werner; Travis, Riley, Tim, and Carley Boyle; Kendall and Campbell Armstrong, Warren III, and Cal Cross; David Jr., Casey, Kyle, Brian, Drew, and Brycie Bowser; and Bailey, Sean Jr., Brodie, Brooks, and Turner Rayment. She was also blessed to be the great grandmother of Kaylee Armstrong. She is further survived by her brother Robert A. Benny and his wife Christine of Wellesley, her sister Rosalie Benny Zanoni of Wethersfield, CT, her brother-in-law Gorham L. Cross, Jr. and his wife Joan of Needham, and many nieces and nephews. Pat was born and raised in Hartford. Connecticut. After graduating from Hartford College for Women and St. Joseph's College, she received her Masters in Psychology from Trinity College in 1960. Pat taught second grade in the Hartford public school system and then worked in the public relations department at Travelers Insurance Agency in Hartford. While at Travelers, she served on the Chamber of Commerce, was the youngest member of the Hartford Republican Town Committee, and was an active member of the Connecticut Governor's Committee for Employment of the Handicapped. Despite her career successes and achievements, Pat decided to dedicate her life to her family and raising her five children. During this time, she was an active volunteer and served as president of the Wellesley Junior Service League and Friendly Aid Association, as well as director of the Wellesley Community Center. Pat joined the Corporation at Tenacre Country Day School in 1975 and remained involved with the school for many decades. During her 35 years on the Board of Trustees, she served as Chair of the Board of Trustees, President of the Corporation, and member of the Long Range Planning, Finance, Governance, and Historical committees. Pat was also one of the first women to serve on the Board of Trustees at Belmont Hill School. Furthermore, she was also involved with the Belmont Hill Grandparents' Annual Fund for many years. In addition to her volunteer efforts, Pat and ""Red"" were loyal and generous donors to Tenacre Country Day School, Dana Hall School, Belmont Hill School, Amherst College, and St. Paul Church for over 40 years.Pat was a member of the Wellesley Country Club, John's Island Club, and the Wianno Club. There she enjoyed playing tennis, golfing, painting with both water colors and oils, creating Sailor Valentine boxes, and weaving Nantucket baskets. She loved spending time in her homes in Wellesley, Vero Beach, Osterville, and Belgrade Lakes – usually surrounded by her many children and grandchildren. She also had a love of travelling, which began by leading trips to Germany with the Experiment in International Living and continued throughout her life with many excursions around the world with her husband ""Red."" Above all else, Pat's love of family and her faith were the two most important things in her life. A long-time member of St. Paul Church, Pat was a deeply religious woman. Her steadfast faith was both an anchor and a guide in her life. Her dedication to her family and to her faith was apparent to all those lucky to have known her. She will be greatly missed. Visiting hours will be held at the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington Street. (Rt. 16) WELLESLEY on Monday, November 21 from 4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. Funeral Mass will beheld at St. Paul Church Wellesley on Tuesday, November 22 at 10:00 .AM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to a reception at the Wellesley Country Club following the Mass. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Pat's memory to Dr. Matulonis Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, DFCR-YCCC 1420, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. The family would like to thank the staff at Dana Farber, especially Dr. Ursula Matulonis and Catherine Earley, for their relentless fight to battle her disease. Also, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to Edna Henri for her unwavering role as both a loyal friend and caregiver.
George F. Doherty & Sons
George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home
477 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02482
Published in Boston Herald from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2016