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Helen H. Cross

May 31, 1920 - April 18, 2009

Helen Cross
DOWNERS GROVE – Helen Hubbard Cross, 88, of Downers Grove, formerly of Oak Park, died at 3:25 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2009, at

Fairview Baptist Home in Downers Grove after a prolonged illness.

She was born May 31, 1920, in Cloverdale, Ind. On March 23, 1946, she married her Army sweetheart, Dr. Roland Robert Cross, Jr.; he preceded her in death on June 17, 2000.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Jane Cross Leitner, DPM; brothers, William and Jack Hubbard; and brothers-in-law, James (Cleda) and Gilbert (Grace) Cross.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Cross Malik (William, MD) of Oak Brook; grandchildren, Cynthia Joan and William Charles Malik, Jr. and Caroline and Kelly Leitner; brother-in-law, Dr. Chauncey (Pat) Cross of Springfield; nieces and nephews, Jeffrey and John Cross, Cleda Cross Clarke, Jayne Cross Schreiber, Brian, David and Rob Cross, Clara Jane Knous, Jeffrey Hubbard, Susan Michelle Sackett and Roger Hubbard.

Helen was a graduate of Crawfordsville High School in Indiana and Home Hospital/Purdue University School of Nursing in LaFayette, Ind.

She was a veteran of World War II, serving in United States Army as first lieutenant, Operating Room RN 27th and 132nd Medical Evacuation Hospitals in North African and European Theatres, 1942 to 1945.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2009, at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where the Army will provide military honors.

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