Cross, Alzire Evelyn (June 7, 1892 - June 27, 1987)

Alzire Evelyn Cross

Douglas Budget - July 9, 1987

Mass of Christian burial for Alzire Evelyn Cross, 95, were held Thursday July 2 at the St. James Catholic Church in Douglas with Father Philip Colibraro as the celebrant. Interment was in the family plot at the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Miss Cross died Saturday, June 27 at her sister's, Emma Cross Morton, home in Oakland, Calif.

She was a native of Converse County, born at Braehead Ranch on June 7, 1892 to George H. and Lea Marie (LeVasseur) Cross.

She was educated in the local schools and the Holy Child Academy in Cheyenne and the University of Wyoming where she played her violin in the University Orchestra and was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority.

She served as chairman of Converse County Rural Overseas Program (C.R.O.P.) that sent food to starving people in Europe after World War II. The U.S. Air Force recognized her as an Honorary Life member of the "Air Defense Team" for voluntary and faithful service in the ground Observer Corps.

She taught in the local schools and served as a board member. She served as chairman of Converse County Tuberculosis Association. She served as president and trustee of Wyoming Pioneer Association and worked valiantly along with her sister Mary Cross Williams and others for the Pioneer Museum.

She was a charter member of Zonta and served as its president three times and was voted Zonta of the Year. She was a member of the Antiquarian Club of Casper, the American Legion Auxiliary and the National Cow Belles Association, and served as president of the Douglas Women's Club for many years and was an active member of the Douglas Social Club.

She traveled extensively including several trips to Europe.

She was a member of the National Bell Association and owned a beautiful and valuable collection of small bells she collected in her world travels. She also had interesting collections of dolls, owls, small china slippers, birds, and Dresden and Meissen figurines. Her collection of antique fans is said to be the finest in the country.

She generously loaned her collection to the library and museum. She also presented the museum with a beautiful fan collection.

She was always interested in politics and was a member of the Republican Women's Club in Douglas. She managed the Braehead Ranch for many years and raised gorgeous flower and vegetable gardens, specializing in roses. She extended warm hospitality to everyone who came there.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Edwin J. (Masie) Ball and Mrs. Geoffrey B. (Emma Criss Cross) Morton both of Oakland, Calif.; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Alexander S. (Mina) Cross, Mrs. William H. (Barbara) Cross, and Mrs. George H. (Mary) Cross, Jr., all of Douglas.

In addition, she is survived by numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, and great and great-great nieces and nephews who live in many states, Canada, Scotland, and France.

Serving as pallbearers were Jack Sullivan, Bill Leman, Richard Jackson, Steve Park, Harry Sanford, and Robert D. Curtis.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Dr. William Hinrichs, Otto "Beef" Bolln, Art Sims, Ben LeVasseur, John Pexton, Harold Link, Bill Gentle, Art Horr, Lee Combs, Fred Grant, Ed Hiser, George Carothers, Gene L. Payne, Jr., Clark Fritz, and Jim Williams.

A memorial to the Wyoming Pioneer Association would be appreciated by the family.

The Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.

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