Posted: Wed 6:57 AM, Jul 11, 2018
The gate of heaven has opened for Jennie Lenell Davis Cross, as her battle to recover from catastrophic injuries suffered in a one-vehicle accident on June 15, 2018, has come to an end. Known as Winnie Pooh, Jennie, Jean, Mama Jean, or Jeanie, she died on July 7, 2018, at Baylor Scott & White Trauma Unit in Temple, Texas. A memorial service has been scheduled at the A&M Church of Christ, 2475 Earl Rudder Fwy S., College Station, Texas, on Friday, July 13 at 3:00 pm. A reception and visitation will follow the memorial service.
Born on November 16, 1942, Jeanie, at 75, had the distinction of living longer than anyone in her family of origin. She was the daughter of Margie Leora Craver Davis and Albert Joyl Davis, who preceded her in death, as did all her brothers: Joel (Jody), Charles, Larry Don, and Jacky. Also preceding her in death were her beloved parents-in-law, Jack and Hazel Cross of Winnsboro TX.
Left to mourn Jeanie's absence are her husband of 55 years, Gary Jack Cross of Bryan TX; daughter, Lisa Cross and Victor Martinez; and son, Lane Cross and wife, Lisa Fry Cross; eight grandchildren whom she loved dearly, and 11 great-grandchildren who were the apple of her eye; a sister, Jettina (Tina) Hall; and sisters-in-law, Sue Welch and Marka Bennett & husband Norman Bennett; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. She was a member of the church of Christ in Bryan TX.
When Jeanie agreed to a date with Gary in June 1962, it was the cause of great jubilation. Gary danced on the furniture and "was nice to his sisters", such was his joy in convincing Jeanie to go on a date with him. A whirlwind courtship culminated in a wedding on September 1, 1962, which began a lifetime of following Gary's career on cattle ranches from Texas to Arkansas to Florida and back to Texas, during which time the pair made many friends all across the country. Each time they moved to another ranch, Jeanie would quickly get her house in order and begin getting acquainted with the folks in town. One of Jeanie's many talents was organization of their home and business. If you opened any drawer, cabinet, or closet, you would see magazine ad- worthy organization. She especially loved collecting all things Texas and America, which she used in hosting the thousands of people who were invited to their home through the years. Perhaps her happiest times were when her son would bring home hordes of school friends for lunch. She gladly cooked big fat hamburgers for these hungry boys on a daily basis. Hardly a family in Bryan has endured sickness or bereavement without a casserole from Jeanie. Family reunions were special times when the family looked forward to Jeanie's signature casseroles, but her specialty was "Jeanie's Brownies" which were snapped up by sneaky family members before the meal made it to the table.
Jeanie was vertically challenged, but cast a tall shadow with her generosity to others. She had the gift of hospitality and loved to have friends and family in their home. She faithfully followed Gary to many hundreds of cattle shows and was always thrilled when he won, but when it came time for the championship pictures, she did not want to be included and would hide out to avoid the camera! As a result, there aren't many pictures to prove that she was there, but you can be assured she was in the background, taking care of the details.
Jeanie was a true patriot who loved the USA and watched Fox News daily. She could have a discussion about anything that was happening, along with her opinion about it all.
Other than Gary, her kids and grandkids, and all the extended family and dear friends, Jeanie loved God the most. She lived with kindness and goodness toward others, even offering love to the unlovable.
"Her children rise up and called her blessed." Prov. 31:28
Jeanie and Gary have been supporters of the Cornerstone Christian Academy, 3200 Cavitt Ave., Bryan TX 77801 for many years since grandson Jack Cross began his education there. She would be so honored if donations were made to that school, so many other children could benefit from Godly teachers and teaching.