Natalie Monteith “Mama Cross” Cross, 88, of Cary died September 22, 2012.
Natalie was born in Caribou, Maine on April 12, 1924 to the late Oscar Monteith and Mabel Wright Monteith. She moved to Wake County after marrying Sanford Cross, Sr. whom she met while he was in the US Air Force and stationed at Presque Isle Air Force Base in Presque Isle, Maine. She worked and retired from Westinghouse Corporation. Natalie enjoyed baking special sweet treats for holiday gatherings, planting flowers in the spring, returning to Maine for summer vacations, searching for small antique “treasures” and always decorating the perfect Christmas tree each year.
Natalie is survived by her daughters, Sandra Cross of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dawn Stephens and husband William of Cary; son, Sanford Cross, Jr. and wife Pam of Raleigh; grandchildren, Donna Hayhow and husband Steve of Cincinnati, Mark Kent and wife Kendra of Charlotte, Monica Williford and husband Brian of Cary, Erik Kent and wife Jessica of Cary, Todd Stephens and wife Barbara of Apex; great-grandchildren, Ashley and Kristen Hayhow, Alexis and Nicholas Kent, Hayden and Collin Williford, Ava Stephens; siblings, Edward Monteith and wife Joice of New Port Richey, Florida and Gaylon Monteith of Colorado Springs, Colorado; many nieces , nephews and extended family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Sanford Cross, Sr. and siblings, John Monteith, Frank Monteith, Mary Sturgeon, Shirley Danko, Dale Monteith; stepfather, Charles Scribner.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the care provided by the staff of the Manor Village at Preston, Interim Health Care and Woodland Terrace. Natalie was fortunate to have dedicated caregivers to visit, help take care of her and have fun with her each day.
The family received friends from 1– 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. (919.783.7128) A private family graveside service followed. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to your favorite charity. Condolences and fond memories can be shared at www.MitchellatRMP.com.