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Daloris Cross - January 19, 2009


Daloris Jane Ellis Cross was born to Ben and Ada Norman Ellis Sept. 4, 1922 with the help of Mary Mullanix 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 the Crossroads Wesleyan at Imperial.
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 would have first met Alvin Cross who lived in a sod house two miles east of Lamar. As both families moved apart, it would be the mid 30’s before meeting again and the late 30’s to be attracted to each other and for Alvin to start 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 where they worked together with 20 dairy cows, 300 laying hens and 40 sows and 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 September of 1985 when Alvin passed away, but Daloris lived there until late 2002 when health needs moved her to the Imperial Manor until January 19, 2009, when she passed away. 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 ground hog supper preparation group at home and church.
Alvin and Daloris told of keeping a hymn book in the Model A, of course there was no radio, so they could sing together which they loved to do, often singing specials and for funerals. She kept to the saying of sing or whistle while you work.
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.
Living in the dirty thirties there were many hard times and lots of dirt. This is when Daloris learned to keep a very neat house, as she would get up in the morning and her mom would insist the house be dusted and cleaned and she would ask, Mamma, why clean, the wind and dirt is still blowing. Another chore was to keep the cattle fed so she and cousin Fay Norman would ride their horses to herd the cattle in the ditches or wherever they could find a mouthful of grass or weeds.
As time went on Daloris collected many dolls and did a lot of embroidery work including bedspreads and table cloths. 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 Stanley and fiance, Janelle; grandson, David and wife, Leslie of Lamar, two great-granddaughters, Royalynn Charlean Cross and Larayna Ann Maylynn Lovejoy; sister-in-law, Mrs. Orval Martha Ellis of Minden, Neb.; step-grandchildren, Richard and Tarra Terry of Grant, James Deaver and fiance, Molly, of Nashville, Hallie Deaver and fiance, Jason Wiest, Matthew Deaver of Grant, Brent Deaver of Grant; 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; grand-daughter 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,, 2:00 p.m. 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.