Cross, Lea Marie (LeVasseur) (April 13, 1862 - August 10, 1940)

Mrs. George H. Cross Dies

Saturday; Funeral Today Prominent Pioneer Lady Claimed After Brief Illness at Age 78; Came Here in Year 1884

Unknown - August 15, 1940

Douglas and this community lost one of its most beloved and courageous pioneers in the passing of Mrs. George H. Cross, 78, who died at the Douglas hospital Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock.

Mrs. Cross had been ill for a little longer than a week, and submitted to an operation on Thursday.

She came from Canada to Wyoming in 1884, settled with Mr. Cross on their ranch on Upper LaPrele, and helped him establish one of the foremost ranches in the state.

She was a devoted wife, loving mother and good neighbor. Her kind and loving deeds had no bounds, and she always gave a helping hand to the unfortunate and needy.

The old-timers up to the present generation enumerate her many kind deeds, and to those who knew her best, she will be remembered most by her kindliness, helpfulness and goodness. Heartfelt sympathy of a host of friends is extended her husband, ex-Senator George H. Cross and family.

Lea Marie LeVasseur was born Apr. 13, 1862, in Cacouna, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Judge and Mrs. Benjamin LeVasseur.

She was united in marriage on Jan. 30, 1884, in the beautiful little town of her birth on the St. Lawrence river, to George Harry Cross of Montreal.

Immediately after the ceremony they left for Wyoming territory where they built up an empire in the little valley of the red canyon.

To this union 11 children were born. Margaret and Julia died of diphtheria when still young while on a visit to Canada. A son, Robert died during the world war.

Surviving are Mrs. Edwin Ball of Oakland, Mrs. Geoffrey Morton of San Francisco, Mrs. Joseph Williams, Mrs. Elsie Hawley, Miss Alzire Cross, Alexander Cross, Senator William H. Cross and George H. Cross, Jr., all of Douglas. Eight grandchildren also survive, the eldest being Robert Cross Hawley, who his grandmother regarded more as one of her own sons. Two brothers and a sister also are living, Jules LeVasseur of Douglas, George LeVasseur and Mrs. Adel Cote, both of Canada.

Funeral services were held this morning at 10:30 o'clock at the St. James Catholic church, with the Rev. Father Lawrence in charge. Burial was in Douglas Park cemetery.

Active pallbearers were John Kennedy, Robert L. Irvine, Henry Bolln, Arthur Sims, Frank Philbrick and Lloyd Froggatt.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Rice of Glenrock, Harvey Allen, William C. Sullivan, William F. McFarlane of Glendo, George Mitchell of Uva, Wyo., H.G. Peters, C.W. Horr, Albert Urban, Dana Browning, Howard Esmay, Douglas Leman, Thomas B. Virden.

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