Mrs. Wanda June Cross, age 77, of Panama City Beach, FL, passed peacefully in her sleep on March 29, 2017, at a long-term nursing facility in Marietta, GA, after a brief struggle with C.O.P.D. and heart disease.
Wanda was born November 6, 1939, in Conception Junction, MO, daughter of the late Frank and Doris Ingram Griffey. During this time when the country was still in the Great Depression, it became necessary to split the family. Wanda was given the opportunity of going wither mother’s sister, Bertha, and husband, Gary Turner, to be cared for. The family later reunited and it was as if Wanda had never left.
Family and friends were Wanda’s passion and delight. Wanda thoroughly enjoyed traveling and her time spent living on a house boat on Lake Lanier, GA. During her later years, she enjoyed the friendships of her neighbors in Panama City Beach, FL. She was an active member of the Eastgate Christian Fellowship in Panama City Beach, and leaves behind many kind and caring friends. In addition to her parents, Wanda was preceded in death by her first husband, Ronald Wright; second husband, Jackie Cross; brothers and sister-in-law, Gerald Griffey, Tom Griffey, and Alice Lenore Griffey (Murphy); and a granddaughter, DeLinda Murphy.
Wanda is survived by her sons, Garrison Wright of Atlanta, GA, Joseph Wright of Chamblee, GA and his wife, Linda Irvin Wright; step-sons, Jeff Cross, Gary Cross, and John Cross; step-daughters, Susan and Cathy; brothers, Bill Griffey of Adel, IA, Earl “Jeremy” Griffey of Capitola, CA, Robert Griffey of Sunnyvale, CA; sister-in-law, Oneida Brown of Cloudland, GA; seven grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; four nieces; two nephews; and several other relatives and close friends.
Graveside and interment services for Wanda will be held at 3:30 P.M. Wednesday, April 5, 2017, from the Mount Olive Cemetery with Rev. Wendy Brown officiating. Active pallbearers will be Garrison Wright, Joseph Wright, Linda Irvin Wright, Bill Brown, John Cross, and Gary Cross. Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Murphy, Earl Griffey, Robert Griffey, Bill Griffey, Tom Duffy, and Oneida Brown.
Mason Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Wanda June Cross who died on Wednesday.