Ruth Ellen (O’Hara) Cross, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, February 27, 2022, surrounded by her loved ones. Mrs. Cross was 78 years old. Ruth was born in Detroit, MI on December 5, 1943 to James and Ruth O’Hara. Ruth grew up in East Detroit with her parents and sister. She graduated from East Detroit High School. In 1968, she met her lifelong best friend, John Thomas Cross. John and Ruth were married on January 3, 1969 in Macomb County, Michigan, where they started their family. In 1981 Ruth and John moved to LeRoy Michigan where they made their home and raised their family.
Ruth was a member of the Baldwin Church of Christ. Ruth was a homemaker and could usually be found tending to her flowers, playing cards/games, doing word search puzzles, she was a bargain shopper, could find deals anywhere and particularly loved going to garage sales. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Ruth loved watching her grandchildren and spending time with them. She was everyone’s caretaker and she always put others before herself. Ruth has never met a stranger in her life; she made everyone feel welcome and could strike up a conversation with anyone who crossed her path.
To perpetuate her memory: her beloved husband of 53 years, John; his children, Sheri (Steve) Truman of Canton, MI, Mark (Liz) Cross of Marysville, MI, Susan Jackson of Jacksonville, NC, Todd (Laurie) Cross of Cadillac, MI, Eckle (Justin) Halladay of LeRoy, MI and Loop by Jamie (Randy) of Vermontville, MI; 15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; and several extended family members and close friends.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents, James and Ruth O’Hara; his sister Alice Hendershot and his brother-in-law Richard Hendershot.
Funeral services will be held at noon Friday, March 4, 2022 at Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City with Pastor Willie Taylor, preacher of Baldwin Church of Christ, officiating. Family visits will begin at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will follow at Lincoln Township Hall, 9 Mile Rd, Reed City, MI.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Michael J Fox/Parkinson Foundation, michaeljfox.org in memory of Ruth Cross.