Violet Norma Gehrke Cross, age 71, died Monday, June 18, 1990, at her home in Orem, Utah from cancer.
She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah March 17, 1919 to Paul Robert Gehrke and Elizabeth Henrietta Springer. On June 28, 1940, she married John Leonard Cross in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. In one week she would have celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary. Upon completion of her education in the Salt Lake City schools, she was employed in the Salt Lake Knitting Mills as a designer and model. She was a skilled seamstress and handiwork artist and received national and international recognition as a flag maker and designer and is well known for her restoration and dressing of antique dolls. Her artistry extended into the field of painting in several media including outdoor and wildlife scenes.Homemaking and dedication to her family shared top priority with an active LDS Church life which was spent mainly in the field of music. She served in countless callings over a half century of time as director, chorister, organist and piano accompanist in nearly every position on ward and stake levels. She filled a special mission call as organist during World War II. She taught in the Primary and Young Women's auxiliaries. With her husband, served as tour guide at the Provo Tabernacle and served for more than 15 years in the Cub and Boy Scout Programs, besides a half century of support in Scouting to her husband.
Violet was involved with the Civic Operas in Salt Lake City in the 1930's, with the H. Frederick Davis Choir, the Florence Jepperson and Franklin Madsen Group, and for a number of years with the Chauntenettes. She expanded the basic Eikstadt music method for interpretation and practical usage by retarted and handicapped persons.
She is survived by her husband, four sons and three daughters, a fourth daughter, Violet Norma, having preceded her death. Survivors include John L. Cross, Jr. of Hurricane, Utah; James L. Cross and Jerrold L. Cross of Orem, Utah; Jack L. Cross of Salem, Oregon; Janice L. Cross, Jeanne L. Cross Hall and Jill L. Cross of Orem, Utah. She has 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 23, 1990, at the Lakeview 8th LDS Ward, 260 West 1600 South, Orem, Utah at 11 a.m. and burial will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary Chapel at 500 North State in Orem, Utah between 6-8 p.m. on June 22, 1990 and between 10-11 a.m. preceding the services on Saturday, June 23, 1990, at the Lakeview 8th Ward Chapel, Orem, Utah.
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