Eva Cross

Eva Jean Cross

Wednesday, April 9th, 1930 - Sunday, January 19th, 2020
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Eva Jean Cross passed away peacefully, with family by her side, in Mount Vernon, Washington, on January 19, 2020.

Eva Jean was born in Kalispell, Montana, on April 9, 1930, to Hugh and Francis Kirkpatrick. She grew up in Kalispell and attended Flathead County High School where she earned top honors and graduated in the top five of her class. She was a cheerleader and beauty queen during her high school years and remained so the rest of her life.

She met her husband, Leslie Allen Cross (Les) in high school and married him on August 14, 1948. Eva Jean and Les had been married 72 years at the time of her passing.

Before moving to Oak Harbor, Washington, in 1960, Eva Jean worked as a secretary in Billings, Montana, helping Les earn a college degree. While raising their four children, Craig, Diane, Connie, and Gina, she worked at several Oak Harbor Elementary Schools as a secretary until she retired. Her remaining years were devoted to spending time with her family, traveling, shopping, and celebrating life. Eva Jean was full of joy, grace, and compassion and readily shared her joy with others.

Craig (wife Susan), Diane (husband Rick), Connie (husband Alan), and Gina (husband Brad) all stayed in Washington and remained close to their mother and father. She is survived by her husband, her four children, 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss her dearly.

The Cross family suggests memorial in Eva's name may be made out to a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Life service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Oak Harbor, Washington, at 1:00 PM, on February 15, 2020. A reception will immediately follow the service, in Centennial Hall, at the same location at 2:00 PM.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, WA. Please visit Eva’s page in our Book of Memories online at to share memories and leave condolences.
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 15th, 2020 1:00pm
    First United Methodist Church
    1050 SE Ireland St
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor David Parker
  • Reception

    First United Methodist Church
    1050 SE Ireland St
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Family and friends are invited to attend the reception, in Centennial Hall, immediately following the service.


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Joan Gilmore

Posted at 03:31pm
Dear Eva, so easy to love. One of my fondest memories is during the days of the electric typewriters. One of my duties was to introduce school secretaries to something new: "Computers." After about the first week of learning how to use them, Eva Jean called me at the district office to say: "You are expecting too much. You can't expect us to use these things. They take more time than the typewriters do, they want us to put all our information on them and we won't have any paper copies, its just too much!" Well, of course as time went on, Eva Jean became as good as anyone on the computer. I will miss her.
Joan Gilmore

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