Cross, Barbara Ann (Franc) (April 9, 1908 - January 6, 1997)

Barbara Cross

Douglas Budget - January 8, 1997

Funeral liturgy service for longtime Converse County resident Barbara A. Cross, 88, will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at St. James Catholic Church with Father John Murray as celebrant.

Vigil for the deceased will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Converse Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Cross died Monday at Michael Manor in Douglas.

She was born April 9, 1908, in Long Island, N.Y., to Joseph and Rose Franc. She attended Hunter College and received a business degree from Merchant and Bakers Business School in 1928. She worked as head buyer and appraiser for Anderson Art Galleries in New York City from 1929-32 at which time she was transferred to manage Malson Maurice in New Orleans from 1932-33.

She came to Wyoming as a guest on the old Cross H-V Dude ranch Dec. 20, 1933, where she met William Cross, whom she married in 1934. She resided with William on the Tomahawk Ranch until the time of his death in January 1987, when she moved to Douglas.

She served on the Ester Morris Memorial Commission and was instrumental in the design and setting of the Ester Morris Statue located in from of the Capitol Building in Cheyenne. She was one of the first board members and directors for the Wyoming Association for Mental health in 1955 and was chosen as the first Converse County director in 1959.

She was an active member of Zonta International and was chosen as one of the outstanding women in District XII during the Zonta International Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 1956. She was Zontian of the Year in Converse County for 1957-58, first governor of District XII in 1952-54, and District Governor in 1954-56. She was charter president of Converse County Zonta Club in 1951-53.

Mrs. Cross served as Young Women's Republican Chairperson, and was a member of the Converse County Cowbelles.

Her passion in life was that of a homemaker and the maintenance of her beautiful Victorian home on the Tomahawk Ranch, which she loved to share with her family and friends.

She is survived by sons, Rory, Robert and Richard; grandsons Brian and Shane; granddaughters Stephanie Dodge, Leslie Richendifer and Thea, Shannon and Jamie Cross; and great-grandchildren Alicia and Brent Cross, Alex and Sarah Dodge, Blake and Shane Richendifer; and niece Cynthia Dietrich.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William on Jan. 3, 1987; sister Emily Christie; and niece Doris Christie.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bob Curtis, George Jackson, Jack Sullivan, LeRoy Sanford, Bob Hageman and Bill Leman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Fitzhugh, George Falkenburg, Dennis Daly, Lee Ortega, Conrand Herrera, Gene Hardy, LeRoy Lewis, Glen Edwards, Margaret LeVasseur, Antonette Stoddard, Arlene Albaugh, Alice Leman, Marilyn Werner, Edna Barber, Theo McComb, Hope Sims, Arlene Pearson and all of her numerous friends.

A memorial to the Zonta Club c/o Sandy Lesher, P.O. Box 1064, Douglas, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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