In Memory of

Belle Marie Cross

September 9, 1930 - March 7, 2020
From: Bucksport, ME | Originally: Webb, IA
Belle Marie Cross

Belle Marie Cross

Born: September 9, 1930
Died: March 7, 2020
Age: 89

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     It is with great sadness but hope that the family of Belle Marie Cross announces her change in residence, from the earth to heaven.  Belle was a long-time resident of Webb, Iowa, and more recently a resident of Bucksport, Maine.  She died Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the age of 89, surrounded by family in her home. 

     Born in San Antonio, Texas, September 9, 1930, Belle moved to California at the age of 7.  She attended Polytechnic High School in Long Beach.  It was there in California that she met the love of her life, John, and the city girl became a farmer's wife. 

    Belle loved to take photographs and paint and created many beautiful oil paintings and other creative works of art throughout her life, including hand painted silk scarves.  Most recently, she enjoyed making little books on the computer from photos she took or pictures she painted and liked handing them out to anyone she would meet.  Her favorite Bible verse, which she shared with everyone, including the doctors and nurses, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13.

     She is survived by and lovingly remembered by her daughters Valerie Cross-Fleetwood (Mark) of Bucksport, ME, Cheryl Greenawalt (Bill) of Everett, PA, and Georgianna Persons (John) of Galena, OH.  Belle will also be missed by her grandchildren, Contessa Sechler, Katie Courchene, Emily Greenawalt, James Greenawalt, Robyn Persons, Daniel Persons, and Jennifer Persons, and great-grandchildren Devon, Dylan, Logyn, and Bella Courchene; Will and Micah Greenawalt; and Marissa and Samuel Sechler; as well as sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and grandson-in-law, Shawn Courchene, who provided skilled and loving care for her until the moment of her homegoing.

     Belle was preceded in death by her devoted husband John, her daughter Erin Cross, her parents Claude and Nelda (Van Riper) Caylor, and her granddaughter Amanda Greenawalt. 

Private Family Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the Hope Reformed Church in Spencer.

Due to the circumstances of the corona virus pandemic, we would invite people to watch the livestream of the services using the link:

If you have any questions or problems using this link, please contact Hope Reformed Church at 712-262-3016 or
Warner Funeral Home at 712-262-3640
Pastor Russell Muilenburg
Devon Courchene
Dylan Courchene
Logyn Courchene
Shawn Courchene
Harold Skelton
Rick Marker
There will be no public visitation.
"How Great Thou Art"
"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
By The Congregation

Pianist: Ray Meyer
Garfield Cemetery
Webb, Iowa
Immediately following the services at the church.


Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 9:24 PM
“My sympathies to Georgi and The Family. We have lost a gentle and loving neighbor, friend, and sister in Christ. May God give you comfort, hope, and assurance that no one else can give you during this time. Knowing that this separation is only temporary and that Belle is now with the Lord, gives us hope to hold on to. The memories of the times I had with Belle and the family, Belle’s paintings, and her gentle Godly spirit will be cherished. I’ll keep your family in my prayers.
Joyce Carlson
John 5:24”
- Joyce Carlson
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 9:24 PM
“When we moved from Spencer to Mich, your mother gifted me with one of her beautiful scarves. The scarf is still one of my favorite accessories.
She touched many people with her tenderness and left a legacy of compassion. My sympathy to you. Myrt Manders”
- Myrt Manders
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 4:47 AM
“My deepest sympathies to the entire Cross family. We are so sad to hear of your loss. I have such fond memories our dear sweet neighbor Belle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
- Melissa Johnson-Matthews
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:28 PM
“Our thoughts and prayesr are with your families, heaven has gained a very special lady God blessings
Dennis and Kerry Johnson King
- Dennis King
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 3:23 PM
“to family of Belle Cross. You have my heartfelt condolences. May God bless each of you as you prepare to bid farewell to Belle’s earthly life. What a glorious reunion she will have with loved ones in heaven! Belle was a sweet lady who lived her deep faith and was a wonderful witness to the Lord at whatever she faced. I loved getting her booklets and I treasure personal notes she wrote. Please find comfort in knowing you all loved her well and gave her so much JOY. She loved you long before you were born and she will forever be in your hearts. I am sorry I will not be able to join you at services to honor this sweet lady but I will smile and think of her when I hear birds singing and see flowers in bloom. God’s peace, LaVonne & Gary”
- LaVonne Salton & Gary Anderson
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 11:32 AM
“Will miss Belle’s devotions and what she is doing. Always Postive and vibrant. We lived in Marathon 43 years and my husband was manager of Farmer’s Co-op in Marathon. Sending blessings to all family members. Jesus is smiling.”
- Caryl dukes
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 2:29 PM
“So Sorry of your loss. Many fond memories of Belle , John & Erin. ”
- Rosemary (Johnson) Norgaard
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