Obituary of Betty L Cross
Betty Leone Cross
Born October 31, 1932
Entered Heaven January 17, 2023
Betty was born in Sheridan, MI to Loren and Leota (Greenhoe) Adams, the fourth of five children. As a child, Betty attended a one room school until high school. She graduated in Stanton, MI, 1951 and that fall married her high school sweetheart, Earl Cross - 71 years ago! Following their move to Turk Lake, MI with their two children in tow, Earl and Betty started attending Langston Church and gave their lives to Jesus. Betty was a busy housewife raising three children, canning garden produce and helping with 4-H Club and church programs.
Life changed and in 1963 the family moved so that Earl and Betty could attend Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music. One of those summers the family served at Jack and Jill Bible Club Camp and the next at Camp Barakel. Following graduation in 1966, the family moved to missionary service at Camp Barakel. Betty managed the camp store.
Life changed again in 1972 when Earl and Betty felt led by God to go into a pastorate ministry. Over the next twenty-five years they served at South Boston Bible Church, North Reading Baptist Church, and Jasper Bible Church, all in MI and a year at a church in AR.
Betty was a wonderful prayer warrior. She read through her Bible many times and memorized Scripture passages, quoting Psalm 91 in the hospital. Anyone who received a card from Betty knew her signature verse was Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
After retirement, Earl and Betty moved to FL to be near the assistance of their younger daughter. Betty's health began to fail a little each year. In 2022, they went through hurricane Ian in the home of their daughter and son-in-law. Because of sustained damage to their homes, they left for AL to stay with a grandson for three and a half months, where Betty celebrated her 90th birthday.
The family prayed God wouldn't take her to her eternal Home until they were back in FL. He answered. The day after they returned, Betty went into the hospital and within a few days she was with Jesus, her Savior.
Betty is survived by her husband Earl, her children, Kathy (Cross) Stiver (widowed), Duane and Dee Ann (Sexton) Cross, Clif and Becky (Cross) Burritt; five grandchildren, Alan (Katie) Stiver, Amanda (Daniel) Bowman, Jim Burritt, Joel (Shannon) Burritt, Jake (Crystal) Burritt, fourteen great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews and their children.
Betty's ashes will be inurned at a later date with a graveside service at Entrican Cemetery MI.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Betty Cross, please visit Tribute Store