Margaret Ann Cross was born Feb. 28, 1927, and she went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. She died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.
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"Granny" was born in Anniston, and later moved to Gadsden. She was a very talented musician, and upon graduation from Gadsden High School in 1945, she auditioned and was accepted into the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Following a year at Eastman, Margaret Ann attended the University of Alabama, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She returned to Gadsden, and in 1950, married Robert George Cross Jr. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Jacksonville State University and taught sixth grade at Glencoe Middle School for 21 years. Margaret Ann had the distinction of being Etowah County's first Teacher of the Year. Mother was also an active member of First United Methodist Church in Gadsden, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for over 40 years.
Margaret Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Robert George Cross Jr; mother, Annie Mae Gramling Monk; and uncle, Forney Usry, whom she considered to be like her father.
She is survived by her daughter, Judith Cross Whorton (Bob); son, Bob Cross (Debra); four grandchildren, Ben Whorton (Kim), Andy Whorton (Renee), Amy Duffey (Sam), and Stacy Moore (Bryant); and seven great-grandchildren, Jackson, Joshua, Lydia Joy, Zoe, Megan and Clay Whorton, and Olivia Ann (Livy) Duffey; brother-in-law, Dr. J. Todd Cross (Phylis); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers for her funeral will be her grandsons and great-grandsons. Honorary pallbearer is Dr. J. Todd Cross.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 this evening at Morgan Funeral Chapel in Attalla, with a memorial service immediately following. A graveside service will be held at noon Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Forrest Cemetery. The Rev. Earl Mitchell and the Rev. James Dickson will preside over the services.
The family would like to thank Evercare Hospice as well as all of the staff at East Glenn Nursing Home. We would like to especially thank our Uncle Todd for all of his loving care and concern for our beloved mother.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in her honor to your church or favorite charity.
Published in The Gadsden Times from October 8 to October 9, 2012