Susie Lee Cross, 97, of Belle Rive, died 2:15 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, in Mesa, Ariz.
She was born Sept. 15, 1915, in McLeansboro, the daughter of Terry and Julia (Knight) Sneed. She married Huel Cross and he preceded her in death.
She graduated from S.I.U Carbondale with a master’s degree in education. She began teaching in one room schools and spent 28 years in the Mt. Vernon public schools, Dahlgren High School and college administration for S.I.U Carbondale. She was a member of the Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church and the Belle Rive-Opdyke Eastern Star.
Susie loved being with family and friends. She actively supported her church, community, Eastern Star, Retired Illinois Teachers Association, Jefferson County Home Extension, 4-H activities and she was a lifetime member of Pi Lambda Theta.
She is survived by son, Terry H. (wife Judy) Cross of Lasalle; daughter, Judith (husband Jerry) Wilson of Middlevile, Mich.; one sister, Mollie (husband Jerry) Olson of Tempe, Ariz.; one daughter-in-law, Denise Cross of Belle Rive; one sister-in-law, Minnie Sneed of Mt. Vernon; grandchildren, Eric (Laurin) Wilson, Aaron and Ian Wilson, Ryan (Ashley) Cross and Caleb and Chelsea Cross; great-grandchildren, Cale, Reily Grace, Keagan, Cassidy, Colten, Jacksen, Laben and Aden; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Huel Cross; son, Danny Cross; two brothers, Marion and Howard Sneed; one sister, Lena Cross; and her parents.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Belle Rive Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Holland and the Rev. Jeremy Hamson officiating. Interment will be at IOOF Cemetery in Dahlgren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Belle Rive Baptist Church.
Memorials may be given to the Belle Rive Baptist Church and will be accepted at Gholson Funeral Home.
The Gholson Funeral Home of Dahlgren is in charge of all arrangements.