Daloris Cross - January 19, 2009
Daloris Cross of Imperial, Neb., died Jan. 19, 2009.
Daloris Jane Ellis Cross was born to Ben and Ada (Norman) Ellis Sept. 4, 1922 with the help of Mary Mullanix’s grandmother Koehl as midwife on a farm four miles northeast of Lamar, Neb. on a place owned by her grandfather, George Norman.
Daloris was first baptized April 4, 1925 at the United Brethren Church in Lamar and attended there until it closed in 2000. She then was baptized into Crossroads Wesleyan at Imperial, Neb.
Daloris started school at District #4, two miles south of home, where she rode her horse Ruby, many times bareback, to help keep warm. She also went to #45 and Chase County High School.
It was at #4 that Daloris first met Alvin Cross who lived in a sod house two miles east of Lamar. As both families moved apart, it was the mid-1930s before they met again. It was the late ’30s before they were attracted to each other, and Alvin started driving his ’31 Model A to the Ellis farm. On Aug. 30, 1941, Alvin and Daloris were married at the Ellis home east of Lamar, just half a mile from Alvin’s boyhood home. Her last ride in the Model A was at the 2001 fair.
After a few months of working for a friend, Daloris’ brother was called to the service, so asked Alvin and Daloris to keep his rented farm together until he returned. During this time Stanley was born Feb., 6, 1945.
When Larenzo returned home, Alvin and Daloris rented two different farms until, in 1952, they took advantage of the opportunity to buy a place three miles east of Lamar on the Brandon road. There they worked together with 20 dairy cows, 300 laying hens and 40 soww. They rented wheat land and later changed to irrigation.
Daloris loved the outdoors, her flowers, all animals and helping in the field. This was the happy home of Alvin and Daloris until Sept. 1985 when Alvin died, but Daloris lived there until late 2002, when health needs moved her to the Imperial Manor until her death. Stanley continues to live on this farm.
Daloris was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church serving as Sunday School and Bible School teacher and a member of the ladies group WCTU. She enjoyed being the hostess to the annual Groundhog Supper preparation group at home and church.
Daloris enjoyed the local ladies birthday group, the historical society and later, working at the senior center. While growing up in the Lamar area there were two Norman brothers, Ray and Harvey, and two Norman sisters, Pearl Cranwell and Ada Ellis, living close together, so a number of uncles, aunts and cousins got together for family dinners, which Daloris talked about often.
As time went on, Daloris collected many dolls and did a lot of embroidery work including bedspreads and tablecloths. She also did some cloth sewing, especially small work clothing for the farm hands of Alvin’s creations of miniature antique farm equipment.
Daloris was very saddened by the accidental death of granddaughter Kathryn in 1992 and daughter-in-law Glenda in 1995.
Daloris is survived by her son Stanley and fiance Janelle; grandson David and wife Leslie of Lamar, Neb.; two great-granddaughters, Royalynn Charlean Cross and Larayna Ann Maylynn Lovejoy; sister-in-law Martha Ellis of Minden, Neb.; step-grandchildren Richard and Tarra Terry of Grant, Neb., James Deaver and fiance Molly of Nashville, Tenn., Hallie Deaver and fiance Jason Wiest, Matthew Deaver and Brent Daver of Grant, Neb.; step-great-grandchildren Christopher Terry, Ethan Terry and Andrew Wiest; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Daloris was preceded in death by husband Alvin; granddaughter Kathryn; daughter-in-law Glenda; parents Ben and Ada; brothers Larenzo, Orvel and Floyd; sister-in-law Lois Ellis Snoderly; Alvin’s brothers Calvin Dale, Melvin and Marvin; sisters Nelly Purdy and Dorothy Fleming; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 22 at Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial with Todd Burpo officiating. Music was by Linda Varilek, organist, and Dan Schoenholz, soloist.
Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
Casketbearers were David Cross, Ken Schilke, Matt Deaver, Brent Deaver, Delbert Ellis and Marvin Fleming.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.