NEOLA CROSS Neola May Clemens, daughter of Art and Kate (Stone) Clemens of Noonan, North Dakota was born on October 21, 1928 and died on November 16, 2019 in Pahrump, Nevada. Neola graduated from Noonan High School, and then received her RN degree from Evangelical Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Cross on November 24, 1950 in Noonan. They made their home and farmed the "Cross Patch" until 1977 when they retired and moved into Milnor. Lawrence and Neola spent winters in Mesa, Arizona until 2007 and then in Pahrump, Nevada. Lawrence passed away on October 28, 2011. Neola was an active member of the United Methodist Church. She was also active in the Milnor Community and was presented with the Galaxie Award in 1992. She served on the Milnor Ambulance for years and enjoyed baking and sewing for her family, friends and neighbors. Neola crocheted hundreds of hats for newborns at Essentia Hospital in Fargo. She and Lawrence were very involved in the Good Sam camping club and Gideons International. Neola is survived by three children: Shirley (Robert) Horton of Sisseton SD; Ron (Patti) Cross of Pahrump NV and Carol Cross of Grafton, ND. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Kelli (Kris) Anderson, Kari (Kelly) Syverson, Tammi (Jason) Odegard, Melissa Danser, Emily (Brian) Smith, Michael (Katie) French, Travis (Sierra) French, 22 great-grand-children. Also surviving are her foster son Richard Johnson, sister-in-laws: Marietta Clemens, Clarice Cross, Marlene Walkin and many nieces and nephews. Neola was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence, her parents and three brothers, Boyd (Barbara) Clemens, Dale (Joan), and Larry Clemens. Also preceded by sister and brother-in-laws: Shirley (Rupert) Lindley, Inez (Chet) Rolly, Marvel (Ray) Asche, Norman Cross, and Bob Walkin. A memorial service will be held at the Pahrump Valley United Methodist Church on Sunday, December 1st at 1:00 pm.
Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Nov. 29, 2019.