Ruby Hazel Shannon Cross

November 18, 1918 – December 15, 2011
Ruby Hazel Shannon Cross, 93, departed from this life December 15, 2011, with two great clouds of witnesses-some saying with tears, “There she goes!” and others saying with shouts of gladness, “Here she comes!” Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 18, at Beaty Funeral Home, Hwy 11, Winnsboro. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the chapel at Beaty Funeral Home, and also following the service, till the cows come home. Ken Hinkley of Winfield, Kansas will officiate.

Hazel was born in Lamar County, Texas, on November 18, 1918, to Jesse Finis and Ada Burton Coble Shannon. She married Jack Marion Cross in Hugo, Oklahoma on March 23, 1940, and launched a life of fun and variety as they moved to accommodate his ranch management career. When he started his foot trimming business and “hit the road”, it was Hazel who held the fort and managed the farm. Wherever they lived, it was always home for their extended family and all their children’s friends. She led many to the Lord, including her husband Jack, by her sweet example, righteous life, and simple teaching style. She mended hurts, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, and brightened the lives of all who knew her.

Her homes were always warm and welcoming and where everyone wanted to be. She raised other people’s children as well as her own and loved every minute of it. Hazel was a staunch conservative politically and was a great patriot to her beloved America.
She was a member of the Winnsboro church of Christ, where she will be remembered as a teacher of ladies’ Bible class and other classes from cradle roll to teen girls, and was a frequent guest speaker for the Winnsboro Mothers of Pre-Schoolers.

She volunteered as a reader for elementary students at Winnsboro schools. She was keynote speaker at several ladies’ retreats and ladies’ days. She sang alto for funeral choruses, and was casserole chef, greeter, comforter, friend, and the epitome of the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31.

Variously known as Hazel, Mother, Grandmother, Grandmommy, Little Momma, Ol’ Momma, Aunt Hazel, Miss Hazel, Shig, Big’un, Heavy, The Angel, and other endearments, she leaves the following to hold her memory and her legacy in their hearts: children and grandchildren, Gary Jack Cross and wife Jeanie of Bryan, Texas, Lisa Cross-Martinez of Lewisville, Texas, Lane Cross and wife Lisa of Bryan, Texas, Sherry Welch and husband David of Paris, Texas, Shane Welch and wife Tanya of Paris, Texas, Shannon Kingsbury and husband Dennis of Tyler, Texas, Marka Bennett and husband Norman of Memphis, Tenn., Brooke Ray and husband Josh of Springfield, Va., Emily Smith and husband Jarrod of Pleasant Plains, Ark., and Jerry and La’Doyce Davis of Mt. Pleasant; great-grandchildren include, Macy and Mackenzie Martinez of Springfield, Va., Jack Cross of Bryan, Texas, Jessica, Jennifer, and Jill Neal of Bryan, Texas, Jordan, Kelci, Justin and Kolton Welch of Paris, Texas, Dillon and Evan Kingsbury of Tyler, Texas, Sophie Ray of Springfield, Va., Sadie Belle Smith of Pleasant Plains, Ark., and Casey, Charla, Chanda, Christa, Chelsea and Chase Davis; and one great-great grandchild, Taryn Neal. Mourning her most of all is her precious canine companion Dixie.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 64 years, Jack Cross.

Memorials may be made to Camp Deer Run, 1227 CR 4590, Winnsboro TX 75494; Cornerstone Christian Academy, 2475 Earl Rudder Fwy, S, College Station TX 77845-6012; or to a charity of your choice .

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