LEPANTO - Virginia Portis Cross, 100, departed this life on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 10, 1917 to D.F., Sr. and Agnes Mays Portis.
Virginia attended Gulf Park School for girls in Gulfport, Miss. and graduated from The Hutchison School in Memphis, Tenn. in 1935. She married Hi Cross in August 1936 and they raised their family in Lepanto. She was the first Terrapin Derby Queen of Lepanto. She was an active member of The United Methodist Church, Lepanto PTA, Lepanto Museum, Garden Club and Art Club. Ninya, as her grandchildren called her, loved her family, her church, her flowers and her yard. People all over town loved to ride by her house to see a 97-year-old blowing the leaves in the driveway.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hi Cross, Sr.; three sisters, Elizabeth (Tommy) Thompson, Lorine (Frank) Bell and Nina Lou (T.B.) Goldsby, and two brothers, Dan (Juliet) Portis and J.C. (Evelyn Ann) Portis.
Virginia is survived by her son, William Hiram Cross, Jr. of Lepanto; two daughters, Annis Cross (Charles) Hill of Little Rock and Portis Cross (Robert) Pleasants of Lepanto; seven grandchildren, Jolly Cross of Nashville, Tenn., Angie Hill (John) Reckling of Houston, Tex., Wayland Hill of Little Rock, William Hiram Cross III of Lepanto, Ginny Pleasants of Cape Coral, Fla., Beth Pleasants (Stan) Bradshaw of Wynne, Mary Pleasants (Marshall) Gilmore of Meridian, Miss. and ten great-grandchildren.
The Cross family would like to extend a special thank you to Arkansas Hospice for the care and dedication to Mrs. Cross.
A visitation was held June 6 at The First United Methodist Church under the direction of Delancey-Murphy Funeral Home of Lepanto.
In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorials be made to The First United Methodist Church, 529 Kenwood Avenue, Lepanto, Arkansas 72354.