Amy Ann (Cole) Cross

Aug 28, 2012

Freedom — Amy Ann (Cole) Cross died peacefully Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Springvale, the family farm in Freedom where she and her husband, Rick (Myrick) Cross, and younger daughter, Katherine, retired a year ago. During the summer, older daughter Carrie Cross and husband David Choi with Amy's two cherished grandchildren, 5-year-old Tristan and 2-year-old Acadia, have lived at the farm together with (Mrs. Stephen) Hazel Cross, Amy's mother-in-law.

Amy was born in Brewer, the daughter of Chesley and Paula Pinkham Cole of Bangor. She was predeceased by her grandfather, Cap'n Grafton Wilber Pinkham, of Seal Harbor, and grandparents Albert and Amy Stone Cole of Bangor. Amy loved summering on Cold Stream Pond in Enfield, and more recently in Bar Harbor.

She is survived by five sisters: Leslie Kadlec and husband Charlie of Acton, Mass.; Joanna Stevenson and husband Bernie of Bar Harbor; Sharon McPhail and husband Jim of Bar Harbor; Robin Corey of Bangor; and Holly Ericson and husband Steve, Martinez of Georgia. She has many nieces and nephews and cousins. Her sister-in-law, Ruth Tyler-Cross, and nephew Stephen Eloihim live in Reston, Va.

Amy graduated from Bangor High School and has degrees in early childhood education from Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., and the University of Maine, Orono. She had an illustrious career teaching and loving hundreds of kindergarten children in York, at the Headstart Program in Bangor, in Greenville, North Windham, at the Maine Migratory Program in Aroostook County, in Saco, as well as in Muncie, Ind., Baltimore, Md., and on Cape Cod, Mass.

Amy was a gifted soloist and sang in many church and community choirs from General Seminary in New York City, and Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore, to Church of the Messiah, Woods Hole, Mass. She sang lead roles as Golda in "Fiddler on the Roof" and Mother Abbess in "The Sound of Music," at Ricker College Community Theater in Houlton.

She was a truth-teller, survived a severe bout of polio at age 7, and a debilitating stroke four years ago. She was a strong woman of integrity and always an advocate for the poor, handicapped and those on the fringes of society. A person of deep faith, Amy practiced the art of spiritual healing wherever she went, praying and singing her way through life.

A funeral service and reception was held Friday, Aug. 31, at the farm, 52 Pleasant St, Freedom. A private burial took place at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Freedom.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to the Cross Family Trust for Katherine N. Cross at Bangor Savings Bank, 7 Belmont Ave, Belfast, ME 04915.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

Arrangements are with Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

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