Nancy Kay Cross


Nancy Kay Cross, 67, resident of College Place, WA since 1981, passed
from this life June 27, 2011, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center, Walla
Walla, WA.

She was born March 16, 1944, in Corvallis, Oregon, to Roger
and Aileen (Lindquist) Devitt. Nancy grew up in Corvallis, and graduated
valedictorian of her class from Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado, in
1962. She then attended Walla Walla College obtaining a B.A. Degree in
English in 1966. While teaching English at Cheldelin Junior High
School in Corvallis, Nancy completed an M.A. Degree in English at
the University of Oregon in 1970. From 1989 until her retirement
in 2009, Nancy taught English at Walla Walla University in College
Place, Washington, serving as the department chairperson from 2001
to 2009. Nancy received the Burlington Northern Award for Teaching
Excellence in 1994 and was recognized as Alumna of the Year for 2011
by the Walla Walla University Alumni Association.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 44 years, Carlton Cross of
College Place, WA; son, Jeffrey Cross of Salt Lake City, UT; daughter,
Tara Cross, and son-in-law, David Monteith, both of Kent, WA;
stepmother, Marjann Devitt of Redmond, OR; sister, Shirley Gartung
of Strathmore, CA; aunt, Ruth Ford of Concord, CA; uncle, Douglas
Devitt of Roseburg, OR; aunt, Daryl Lilly of Milwaukie, OR; and
several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brother,
Edward Devitt, and her parents, Roger and Lindy Devitt.

A memorial service will convene at 10:00 AM, Sunday, July 10,
2011, at the University Church, 212 SW Fourth Street, College Place,
Washington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be designated for the
Walla Walla University English Department Professional Development
Fund through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military
Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

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