Mary Ester Cross, 76, of Chillicothe, formerly of Lock Springs, Mo., died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Indian Hills in Chillicothe, under the care of St. Luke's Hospice.

Mary was born in Nashville, N.C., on June 6, 1936, the daughter of William Edward Green and Lena Matthews Green. On Sept. 16, 1976, she married Eugene R. Cross in Illinois. He preceded her in death in 1999.

She attended schools in North Carolina and Illinois, worked for several years for Micro Switch in Illinois, and later became a Certified Nurse Aide, working in hospitals.

In 1989 Mary and Eugene retired and moved to Lock Springs, Mo.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Chillicothe. She had a beautiful soprano voice, and would sing for her church and for other area churches.

Mary enjoyed helping others and was always faithful in reading her Bible.

She is survived by a son, Douglas Cross and step-son, Clyde Cross; daughter, Arlene Masters; step-daughter, Yolanda Cross; foster daughter, Mindy Orr; several brothers and sisters, grandchildren and step-grandchildren; special friends Barbara and Tom Williams; and her adopted Indian Hills family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Eugene.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, at Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe.

There will be no scheduled visitation.

Burial will be at Lock Springs Cemetery, Lock Springs, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Luke's Hospice and left at the funeral home or mailed to Heritage Funeral Home, 3141 N. Washington, Chillicothe MO 64601. Online condolences may be left at .

Arrangements are under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Mo.