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Lora Maye Barrow Cross

Died: February 1, 2019

Lora Maye Barrow Cross entered eternal life on Feb. 1, 2019 at age 98. She was born on Dec. 14, 1920, in St. Francisville, LA, to Frank and Lora Barrow, in the home of her grandparents, now called the Camilla Leake Barrow House. The family soon moved to Baton Rouge, where Lora Maye attended public schools. She graduate…read more

Lora Maye Barrow Cross entered eternal life on Feb. 1, 2019 at age 98. She was born on Dec. 14, 1920, in St. Francisville, LA, to Frank and Lora Barrow, in the home of her grandparents, now called the Camilla Leake Barrow House. The family soon moved to Baton Rouge, where Lora Maye attended public schools. She graduated from Baton Rouge High School, then earned a degree in mathematics and education from LSU, where she met Abbie. They married in Stillwater, OK on July 10, 1943, where Abbie was serving in the Army Air Corps. When he was transferred to Randolph Field in San Antonio, Lora Maye returned to Baton Rouge to give birth to their first child. After the arrival of Amelia in 1945, Abbie was discharged from the army, and the family moved to New Orleans where he studied at LSU Medical School. Susan was born in New Orleans in 1949, followed by Lora “Bunny” in 1951. When Abbie completed his residency in Ophthalmology, the family settled permanently in Baton Rouge. During her 90 plus years as a Baton Rouge resident, Lora Maye was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and LSU Tiger. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women, LSU Alumni Association, East Baton Rouge Parish Medical Auxiliary, Tri-Delta Alumni, Rebels Dance Club, Junior League of Baton Rouge, The Baton Rouge Assembly, and numerous other charitable and community organizations. Later in life, she endowed two Top 100 Scholarships at LSU, adopted a memorial oak tree on campus, donated over 600 historic volumes to LSU’s Middleton Library, was a founding member of the LSU Alumni Federation Loyalty club, and was honored with the LSU Foundation President’s Award for Lifetime Support, given to LSU’s most generous living contributors. She was graceful and charming in the way of the classic southern lady. She was funny and friendly. She adored children, dogs, birds, and plants. She wanted to hear all your news, tell you what she thought, and feed you something. Her great passions in life were her family and LSU. She loved nothing more than attending football, basketball, and baseball games with family and friends and raised all her children and grandchildren to bleed purple and gold. She knew all the songs, all the cheers, and all the traditions. From age 8 to nearly age 95, she missed only a handful of home football games. People would wave and greet her as she climbed to her seat in Section 103 of Death Valley. She was known for her spirit and generosity and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by daughters, Amelia (Jim) Wood of Corsicana, TX, Susan (Pat) Cornell of Mineral Wells, TX, and Bunny (Ron) Ferris of Baton Rouge; grandchildren, Lora (John Paul) Plemons of Blooming Grove, TX, Bill (Robin) Wood of Allen, TX, Abbie (Derek) Greer of Aledo, TX, L.D. (Hillary) Cornell of Aledo, TX, Rebecca (Jacob) Behrnes of Baton Rouge, and Christopher (Megan) Ferris of Baton Rouge; and great-grandchildren, Claire, Peyton, Ashlyn, Walker, Katie, Alyssa, Camilla, Janie, Madeleine, Vivianne, Gigi, and Julia, plus one (Barrow) on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dr. Albion B. “Abbie” Cross. The family wishes to thank the staff at Sunrise Senior Living for their care and concern in our mother’s last weeks as well as the nurses and staff of Pinnacle Hospice for their attentiveness during her decline. Immeasurable thanks to caregivers Sharon Brue, Ann Dunbar, and particularly to Linda Rogers and Linda Kelly, for their loyalty, love, and involvement in her life for the past several years. Following a private burial, visitation with the family will be Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at The First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge, 763 North Blvd., from 11:00 a.m. until a memorial service at noon. Dr. Gerrit Dawson and Barry Phillips will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge, The LSU Foundation, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, or the charity of your choice.

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Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church

Address:

763 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Service Information

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm -

First Presbyterian Church

Address:

763 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Memorial Service


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Private Burial


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