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. 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, of Martinez, Ga. She has many nieces, nephews and cousins. Her sister-in-law, Ruth Tyler-Cross; and nephew, Stephen Eloihim live in Reston, Va.
Amy loved summering on Cold Stream Pond in Enfield, and more recently in Bar Harbor. Amy graduated from Bangor High School and has degrees in early childhood education from Endicott College, Beverly, Mass., and the University of Maine, Orono. She had an illustrious career teaching and loving hundreds of kindergarten children in York, Headstart Program, Bangor, Greenville, Muncie, Ind.; North Windham, Maine Migratory Program in Aroostook County, Saco, Baltimore, and Cape Cod, Mass. Amy was a gifted soloist and sung in many church and community choirs from General Seminary, New York City; 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, Houlton. She was a truth-teller, survived a severe bout with 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 will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the farm, 52 Pleasant St., Freedom. Private burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Freedom. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to Cross Family Trust for Katherine N. Cross, Bangor Savings Bank, 7 Belmont Ave., Belfast, ME 04915. Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. An online guest book may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.