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Ruby Cross

September 21, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Ruby Geneva Koontz Cross, 95, a resident of Elkins, departed this life Wednesday Sept. 19, 2012, at Colonial Place with the care of Mountain Hospice.

She was born Sunday, Aug. 19, 1917, at Middlebourne, a daughter of the late Rev. H. L. and Anna Mary Meyers Koontz.

On Oct. 16, 1938, in Elkins, she was married by her father to the late Dellas Edward Cross, who preceded her in death Sept. 28, 1987.

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They had celebrated 49 years of marriage.

Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Linda Lantz Cross, of Elkins; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Brian Lee Cross, his daughters Emily Taylor and Hannah Katharine, his fiance, Sheela Healy, and son, Brody, all of Elkins; Shannon Cross Putnam and her husband, Jerod, and children Benjermin Oliver and Taylor Marie, all of Ireland, and Chad Cross and wife, Kendra Teter Cross, of Denver, Colo.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Preceding her in death was her only son, Kenneth Lee Cross on Jan. 27, 2009; and three brothers, Harry R. Koontz, former coach and science teacher at Elkins Junior High School, Wilbour S. Koontz, agent for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of Elkins, and Clarence J. Koontz, a lawyer in Washington, D.C.; one nephew Wilbur "Butch" Koontz and wife, Barbara.

She was a graduate of Salem High School with the class of 1935 and attended Salem College. She had worked as a bookkeeper for the Montgomery Ward Company, had worked at Goldberg's Department Store, had managed Thompson's Jewelers, had worked for the W.Va. Department of Highways, retired from the Randolph County Magistrate's Office and was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Randolph Chapter No. 74, Order of the Eastern Star, The Gideon's and the Women's Club of Elkins.

She was the first Randolph County recipient to receive the "Good Neighbor Award" from "Woodman of World" Lodge in 1992.

She had been an active member of her father's churches. Ruby was a vibrant and caring person who touched hundreds of lives, especially as a member of the First Baptist Church for 73 years. She was the pianist for Dell's Quartet singing group, Sunday school teacher, Department Superintendent for 14 years, President of ABW for 3 terms, choir member and visitation team participant. She had been a member of most of the boards of the church.

The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, from 1-3 p.m. Dr. Marvin L. Parli will conduct the funeral ceremony. Interment will follow at the Belington Fraternal Cemetery at Belington.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the First Baptist Church of Elkins.

Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Ruby Geneva Koontz Cross

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