Melanie MacLean Cross
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CROSS Melanie MacLean Cross, a founder of the historic preservation group Old Arlington Inc. and a community activist, died at her Jacksonville home Monday after a three year battle with cancer. She was 55. A rosary will be said at 9 am Saturday in St. Joseph's Historic Church, 4124 Loretto Road, Mandarin, where the funeral Mass will be at 10am. A reception will follow in the church's Cody Family Enrichment Center. Born in Jacksonville and reared in Arlington, Mrs. Cross moved to Mandarin in 2002. A graduate of Terry Parker High School, where she was named state high jump champion, she graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Economics. At UNF she started the fencing club. Mrs. Cross had recently worked as a grants writer for Catholic Charities. She also served as executive director of Citizens for a Scenic Florida and was executive director of the Spina Bifida Association. Earlier in her career, she was with the Jacksonville Downtown Development Authority, where she helped establish downtown standards for historic lights and pavers, the formation of the IM Schulzbacher Center for the homeless and her work on the Mayors Performing Arts Committee for the Performing Arts. Melanie was passionate about her Scottish heritage; she lead her family to the gathering of the MacLean clan at Duarte Castle on the island of Mull in 2007 and was very active with the Northeast Florida Highland Games. In addition to her mother and father, Georgia and Don MacLean, her husband of 21 years, Richard B. Cross, two sons, Robert Angelieri and Adam Brian Cross, a brother James Paul MacLean, three sisters, Melissa Turner, Jan MacLean, and Marjorie MacLean and her aunts, Norma Kirby and Jean Yontz. The family suggests memorial contributions to Catholic Charities, 134 E Church St. Jacksonville, FL 32202. Arrangements under the direction and care of ETERNITY FUNERAL HOME, 4856 Oakdale Ave. Please Sign the Guestbook @

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Published in Florida Times-Union on Feb. 22, 2008.
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February 28, 2008
My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family!
Vicky Bogetto (Horn)
February 24, 2008
We are so sorry for your loss and hope memories of your wonderful daughter Melanie will be a comfort to you.
Bobbie and Lamar Prevatt
February 23, 2008
To The MacLean Family:

Please accept our condolences on the loss of your daughter.
The legacy she leaves to her community through many areas of care and service will be long remembered.
Matthew and Ruth (Jaques) Aiello
February 23, 2008
My deepest sympathy to the entire family.
Ernie Grose
February 23, 2008
To the Maclean-Cross Family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences at the news of your loss. You are in our prayers.
Judi & Joseph Angelieri
February 22, 2008
Jan & family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Fondly, Patti Reed
Patti Reed
February 22, 2008
To the Family

I am very sorry to hear about your loss.

Melanie was very kind and helpful to me when I started working for the City of Jacksonville and the DDA. I have fond memories of her being there to help when she didn't have to be so helpful. Her patience and attitude were greatly appreciated.

May God Bless the Cross and MacClean family at this time of loss of a loved one.
Al Battle Jr.
February 22, 2008
Don & Georgia-
We are so saddened to learn of Melanie's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family during this difficult time."Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted." Mt 5:4; "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." Jn 3:17
We pray your faith in the LORD with sustain you both.
Yours in Christ,
Rob & Chris Hiday
Chris Hiday
February 22, 2008
I send heart felt sympathy to the entire family.
Ernie Grose
February 22, 2008
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Shirley Durrant
February 22, 2008
Maclean-Cross Family,

My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.
God Bless You,
Denise Akers CRHP team 11
February 22, 2008
Our deepest sympathies to Melanie's family. Melanie was an inspiration to the citizens of Jacksonville and a loyal supporter of her friends as well as her passionate causes. The world is a better place because of Melanie.
We will miss her.
Karen Mathis
February 22, 2008
The world has lost a beautiful person. My condolences to the family, and especially to Adam. I will pray for her repose.
Dr. Tina Warren
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