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Leona F. "Peggy" Cross, 91, of Route 9 in Lewis passed away with her family by her side, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at Elizabethtown Community Hospital in Elizabethtown. She was born in Keeseville, July 4, 1926, daughter of the late Fred and Lena (Blaise) Poland.
Peggy married Thomas Cross May 15, 1946. She worked for Essex County Cooperative Extension as a Nutrition Aide, Cafeteria Aide at ELCS, Activities Aide at Horace Nye Nursing Home and may be best known as a Server at Tommy Browns Restaurant in Lewis for many years. She attended St. Elizabeth's Church; very active with the American Legion Auxiliary, an avid bowler and enjoyed playing Bingo. Peggy was a very strong woman, raising her seven children alone after the death of her husband in 1966.
Peggy is survived by seven children: Edith Rand (Milo), of Lewis, Edward Cross of Elizabethtown, Cindy Heald (David) of Elizabethtown, Carmen Cross (Wendy) of North Carolina, Vesta Bill (Jay) of Elizabethtown, Thomas Cross (Vanessa) of Lewis, Tammy Cross (Marshall) of New Russia; four siblings: Roy Poland, Roger Poland, Jane McNierney, Mary Hathaway; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Raymond Poland.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at Heald Funeral Home, 7521 Court Street, Elizabethtown. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at St. Elizabeth's Church in Elizabethtown. Burial will follow in the Lewis cemetery.
Donations in Peggy's memory may be made to the Elizabethtown-Lewis Ambulance Squad.
To light a memorial candle or leave an online condolence please visit www.healdfuneralhomeinc.com
Published on December 24, 2017
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