August 21, 1921 - December 14, 2016
Margory Leone Lytle Cross, our mother, was born in Lusk, WY on August 21, 1921. Niobrara County Wyoming, with its hardscrabble existence, was representative of what remained of America’s frontier. A twin sister did not survive childbirth, a fact that haunted Mom throughout her life—she spoke of it often. Her parents were Arthur Todd Lytle and Ruth Loraine Thiebold Lytle, 27 and 16 respectively. Shortly after her birth, in search of a better life, the family moved first to Vancouver, WA, then Portland, OR. Three years later, a sister, Evelyn Yvonne (d. 2011) arrived. After the divorce of their parents, the girls followed their mother at several stops across California, eventually settling in Dallas, TX where they set down roots. Mom graduated from Hockaday School, where she made many friends.
Margory married James C. McCullough, having two children: Yvette Marie, and James Curry. A second marriage to G.F. “Red” Cross produced five children: William, Steven, Vicki, Donald, and Ronald. As a family, we often followed Dad’s work wherever it led. To keep the kids entertained, Mom would organize games or tell stories. She enjoyed singing with her children and she sang quite well. She was known to sit by the radio and write the words to her favorite songs down carefully in her neat script for a later family performance (Eddie Arnold’s Many Tears Ago particularly comes to mind). She made the best chicken-fried-steak, cream gravy, potato salad, and lemon-pound-cake of all time. She enjoyed caring for children. When still young and strong, she was particularly close to her elder grandchildren: Michael, Tamera, Ashley, Carissa, Becky, and Emily. She stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Dad during his struggle with leukemia.
Her constant companions and greatest love for 14 years were her Pugs. She lost Otis and Pebbles in 2011 and carried on missing them terribly. She loved her music from the Big Bands to Ray Price and particularly loved the Carpenters Christmas CD. She enjoyed her social life, going out to eat with family whenever possible.
After a brief illness, Mom died on December 14, 2016. She was preceded in death by: Ruth Loraine Enslow (mother, d. 1997), Arthur Todd Lytle (father, d. 1957), G.F. Cross (husband, d. 1983), Evelyn Johnson (sister, d. 2011), and eldest son, James Curry Cross (d. 1984).
She is survived by Six children: Yvette Marie Tooke, William L. Cross, Steven Cross, Vicki Peterlin, Donald Cross, and Ronald Cross.
Ten grandchildren: Michael Tooke, Tamera Hopkins, Carissa Cross Anuar, Becky Malone, Tommy Webb, Timi Webb, Nicholas Cross, Bryan Cross, Ashley Teague, and Emily Trevino, and a whole host of great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of: ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home 10116 E. NW Highway Dallas, Texas 75238 214.340.8008
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