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Marie Cross Our beloved Marie Cross passed away peacefully Friday night, the 26th of February in Gatesville, Texas. She lived a long and enjoyable 81 years with a twinkle in her eye and a gentle and generous heart. Marie was born in Austin on February 7, 1929 to Ivan and Annie Mae Reed Campbell. She attended Metz Elementary, Allan Junior High and graduated from Austin High School. In 1945, she married a 20-year-old Army Air Corps 2nd lieutenant flyboy by the name of Jim Cross. They met at the skating rink when she deliberately stuck out her foot to trip him and then rushed to his aid after he fell. She was only 16, but had the spunk to hop aboard his Harley and take to the open road in her free time. Duty called the flyboy to China near the end of WWII, so Marie moved back to her parents' home until the war ended. She then followed her husband all over the globe early in their marriage and made countless friends throughout the world. Everywhere they were stationed, Marie turned a house into a loving home for herself, her husband and, eventually, their children. June came first, then Jeanie, followed by Joanie and John. She was the best mom a child could ask for, the best wife and the best friend anyone could have. She was truly devoted to making those around her happy. Her husband served as Air Force One pilot and military aide to President Lyndon Johnson. Marie was Jim's loyal co-pilot in life and love. During those hectic White House years, Marie ably provided a stable and happy home for their children even though she often didn't know where Jim was or when he would get home from a presidential trip. At times, television, radio and newspapers provided the only clues to his whereabouts. She never lost her good cheer and playful sense of humor despite the White House telephones by their bed that rang all hours of the night. In retirement, Marie and Jim enjoyed a country life. Age never interfered in their delight in swinging from a rope and jumping into the creek for a refreshing swim. In her mid-70s, she even got on the back of a jet ski with Jim at the controls, just as she had hopped aboard that motorcycle decades earlier. She looked forward to "toddy time" every afternoon when she had a martini with an olive and onions. Her seven-layer chocolate cake transported everyone lucky enough to have it. Once a year, she got up to her elbows in tomatoes, mashing them by hand to make homemade ketchup that won fans from coast to coast. She looked forward to watching NASCAR and dancing to country music. She opened their home to family, friends and even friends of friends, delighting in finding ways to make each person feel special and right at home. She kept a bottomless candy dish filled with everyone's favorite snack-size chocolate bars. And she packed a lunch for Jim when he worked the ranch, always scribbling a little note on the napkin. Marie was smart and organized; she kept the ranch ledgers, did the taxes and paid the bills. And she always took the time to drive the country roads with Jim to admire the outdoors and enjoy the adventure. Marie was loved by many, admired by more, and cherished by those who knew her true spirit. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. James U. Cross, a former commander of Bergstrom Air Force Base; daughters Jeanie (Bill) Stark of Round Rock, Texas, and Joanie (Doug) MacLean of Huntington Beach, California; and a son, John (Sherry) Cross of Liberty Hill, Texas. She is also survived by a sister, Jeanette (Bobby) Gruetzner; six grandchildren: James (Jenny) McCann, Mandy (Jason) Wells, Jake MacLean, Kelly MacLean, Kimberley David and Reed Cross; and four great grandchildren: Kate and Emily McCann, Rowen Wells and Clarissa David; and numerous nieces and nephews. Waiting for her at the pearly gates to Heaven were her parents; her brother, Felton Lee Campbell; her daughter, June Marie Cross Rainwater; and her granddaughter, Chloe Ann Cross. A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress Avenue in Austin. Honorary pallbearers will be Edgar Prinz, Jake MacLean, Chuck Fromme, Harry Middleton, Larry Temple, Ron Thomas, René Alvarez, Jason Wells, Lee Roy Shepperd, Reed Cross, Elliot Martin, Duane Gruetzner, and Bob Hardesty. Marie will be interred at Pleasant Home Baptist Church cemetery near Andalusia, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coryell Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1511 West Main, Gatesville, TX, 76528.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Mar. 2, 2010.
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March 28, 2010
Dear General Cross, Jeanie, Joanie, John, and Family,
My Father sent me notice of Marie's passing. I was very sorry to hear such news. When my Dad sent me your Father's book some time back - I remember reading all the beautiful acknowledgment's made about your Mother, by your Father in his book. We should all be so fortunate to experience and live such a wonderful life, that your Father and Mother shared with one another. May their good fortune of a love filled life be passed on through an infinite number of your family, generation's to come.
My deepest sympathy, and prayer's.
Ann Spencer Zintak
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ann Spencer Zintak
March 3, 2010
General Cross & family, We are praying for you all during this time. We have such wonderful and fond memories of your precious Marie. She was such a warm and loving soul. We were blessed to know her. With love & sympathy, The Glaw Family & Your Friends at GLO
March 2, 2010
Jim, and all of the Cross Family: We love the comment about those who greet her at the "Pearly Gates"! She gave all of you a very precious, comforting, and lasting GIFT:
Her "Forwarding Address" - c/o Christ's Throne in Heaven!
May this bring Peace to each and all, family and friends!
Blessings, Bob and Georgie Boyce (Lisa's mom & dad)
February 28, 2010
My Dearest Cross Family,

There are no words to express how I feel for you at this time in the loss of sweet Marie. You all are in my thoughts and prayers and know that I love you very much. You have always been like a family to me and I love you all dearly. I have missed Marie so very much and hearing her sweet voice will always be in my memories.Praise God that she is no longer suffering and is in the arms of our Lord. May God bless and keep you all.
Ann Moore
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