Ellen Cross

MARFA - Ellen Cross, 85 and a longtime former Marfa resident and educator, died Jan.1, 2015, in Midland. Funeral services are 2 pm, Jan. 9 at the First United Methodist Church in Marfa. She was born June 16, 1929, in Ennis. She graduated from Big Spring High School when she was 16 years old and continued her education with her Bachelor's degree in 1950 at North Texas State College. She finished her Master's degree at Sul Ross State University in Alpine in 1980. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gama. She married the love of her life, George Cross, in 1951, and helped him establish Cross Pharmacy in Marfa. She made a beautiful home for them and their four children: Carol Cross, Scott Cross, Vie Cross and Will Cross. She played the organ for church services, weddings and funerals for over 40 years. She was a member and officer of United Methodist Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, Century Culture Club, and Western District of Texas Federation of Women's Clubs. She pioneered the kindergarten program at Marfa Elementary School after the State of Texas mandated the program in public schools. This got hundreds of five-year-olds off to a good academic start. She was a certified bilingual teacher for early childhood and kindergarten for 23 years. She helped start and run the Art Gallery, an artist's cooperative, as well as being an antique dealer, which was in business for 11 years. She also organized the Marfa citywide garage sales. She participated in various needlework projects, which benefited the homeless and needy children. After moving to Manor Park in Midland in 2009, she gathered other residents who were in independent living and taught knitting, and they made throws for people in the Mabee Center. Her accomplishments include recording an album with Gene Richardson, Cub and Brownie Scout leader, accompanying for UIL Solo and Ensemble, participating in the Big Band Dance Club, quilting, cooking great meals, and selling and collecting antiques. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial contributions to be made to the First United Methodist Church in Marfa, and to Manor Park Endowment Fund in Memory of Ellen Cross. Ellis Funeral Home of Midland is in charge of arrangements, and online condolences may be offered at www.ellisfunerals.com.

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