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Judith "Judy" A. Cross

July 17, 1940 - September 21, 2017


Judith Cross (nee Jones), 77, of Salem, Oregon, passed away peacefully on Sept. 21, 2017, due to complications of pulmonary fibrosis. She was surrounded by her loving family.

A memorial service will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Salem, Oregon, on Oct. 6 at 11:00 a.m. Internment will take place on Oct. 19 at 10:00 a.m. at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in Lafayette, Indiana.

Judy was born in Lafayette, Indiana, to Paul and Catherine Jones on July 17, 1940. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1958.

She met her husband, Robert (Bob) Cross while he was attending Purdue University. They married in Lafayette, Indiana, on Sept. 5, 1959. Over the years, they made their home in St. Helens, Oregon; Salem, Oregon; Manistee, Michigan; and briefly in Akron, Ohio; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Judy felt strongly about the importance of loved ones. She spent her life making a comfortable home for her husband and girls, and enjoyed hosting extended family and friends. Holiday baking and decorating were her specialties. She taught herself to sew and made many dresses over the years for her five daughters. Once they were grown, she turned her talents to quilting and crafts. She loved gardening, golfing, bowling, Dominoes, and Bingo. Judy also enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball. She rooted for the Detroit Tigers and was thrilled when her beloved Cubbies won the World Series.

Judy loved to laugh and have fun. She was always up for whatever was going on and could be counted on to ride along with whoever was asking. She was determined to remain active and joked that she had “put on her rally hat” to live much longer than her doctors predicted.

Judy is preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her parents, Paul and Catherine; and her brother Anthony.

She is survived by her daughters Theresa (Tommy Buttler) Cross and Beth Cross of Vancouver, Washington; Suzanne (Mark Kelly) Cross of Olympia, Washington; Carolyn (Bruce Lamkey) Cross and Judi (Kevin) Rowe of Salem, Oregon; brothers Paul (Marilyn) Jones of Kokomo, Indiana; Alan Jones of Indianapolis, Indiana; John (Alicia) Jones of Marion, Indiana; Steve (Patty) Jones of Fort Wayne, Indiana; sisters Diane (Ray) Mowery and Cathy (Chuck) Vanderipe of Lafayette, Indiana. She had 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Salem Hospital Intensive Care Unit staff for their support in her final days.

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Judi and family, I am so sorry for your loss, but love reading about what a wonderful woman, mom, and friend Judy was.  Thinking of you all, Stacy and Derick Collins



To the family of Judy Cross,  I just wanted to let all you girls know how many memories I shared with your Mom.  Clear back with ceramics, then with our quilting times together.  I so enjoyed spending time with Judy.  We quilted, shopped, and had fun together.  I am so sorry that I am unable to attend her memorial on Friday.  I leave tomorrow, Thursday, for central Oregon for 2 weeks of quilting with my cousin. Please know how much I have missed spending time with her these past couple years.  I'm glad she is now breathing freely and no longer suffering.  She will be missed.  My thoughts, prayers and blessings are with all of you and your families at this difficult time.  Joan Bull 



Theresa, Suzanne, Carolyn, Beth, Judi and family. I was so sorry to here about your Mom.  can remember you living in the house on Columbia Blvd. next to the funeral home. And your dad working on the lights at Campbell field. Sure do miss those days. Take care and hugs to all. Kathy