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Crystal Dawn Cross

June 13, 1967August 26, 2021

Crystal Dawn Cross of Kipling, Saskatchewan passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on August 26, 2021. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, niece and cousin; her presence is deeply missed by her family and friends.

Crystal married her husband Ward July 15th, 1989. Together they had two children, Kaitlyn (1994) and Austyn (1997). They were elated to welcome their first grandchild Chloe in 2018.

Crystal devoted thirty years to a career in health care. She took immense pride in the care she provided to the residents of Kipling's long term care facility. It was always beautifully decorated for holidays and special occasions. She even arranged day trips, where she would bring the residents out to the farm for barbecues during harvest.

She spent many years driving her children to their numerous sports and activities. Crystal never missed a game or event and was known to be the mom who brought a cooler brimming with the best snacks and drinks. She was active herself, playing volleyball in a ladies league all the way up to her cancer diagnosis. Some of Crystal's most cherished memories were made watching her children's games or stepping onto the volleyball court.

Crystal loved baking and gardening. Her delicious desserts were always generously shared with friends and family. Her gardens would have the most beautiful, vibrantly colored flowers and kept the yard looking bright and welcoming. Many times, Crystal would drive the golf cart around to admire her flowers. The dogs would then jump on to the cart and join her for a tour, which brought her such enjoyment.

As much as Crystal enjoyed her flowers in the summer time, she also enjoyed her warm winter holidays with family and good friends. She loved going on tours, eating local cuisine and taking photos of all the beautiful scenery. Crystal was befriended by the resort staff as she would treat them with such kindness.

Her dedication as a farm wife was always so evident. Delicious, three course meals were hand delivered out to the field. When the meals were finished, she would join Ward for a ride in the combine. Crystal would frequently take grain samples to the elevator while Ward was still in the field and when it was time to move equipment she would drop what ever she was doing to help move trucks.

If you spoke to Crystal, she would tell you her pride and joy was her granddaughter Chloe. The house was always prepared for a visit with a stash of popcorn twists, ice cream and any other sweets she could find or bake herself. They shared a special bond and Chloe lovingly called her "Nama". Together they spent hours playing in Nama's room, driving the golf cart, splashing around in the pool and sharing warm hugs.

Crystal's family and friends will greatly miss her infectious laugh, heart the size of Texas, unwaivering loyalty and warm, genuine smile. Her children and granddaughter will deeply feel the absence of her love filled hugs and words of wisdom and encouragement. Her husband Ward, will forever miss the wonderful life they shared together. Crystal's legacy will live on through the many photos she took over the years and the very special memories made.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the many health care professionals comprised of Crystal's care team. Her health was predominately in the caring hands of the staff at Moosomin Integrated Care Center. Crystal was always treated with dignity, compassion and grace.

Crystal will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 32 years, Ward; daughter Kaitlyn (Jordan) Wilson; son Austyn Cross; granddaughter Chloe Wilson; father Bill Rogers; brother Kent (Della) Rogers; mother-in-law Julie Cross; brother-in-law Warren (DeeDee) Cross; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was predeceased by her mother Jean Rogers; brother Warren Rogers and father-in-law Allan Cross.

Honoring Crystal's wishes, there will not be a funeral service held at this time.

If friends so desire, contributions can be made to the Saskatchewan Cancer Society, 200 - 4545 Parliament Avenue, Regina, SK S4W 0G3 or South East Integrated Care Centre, c/o Moosomin and District Health Care Foundation, Box 1470, Moosomin, Saskatchewan S0G 3N0

Our lives go on without you But nothing is the same We have to hide our heart ache When someone speaks your name

Sad are the hearts that love you Silent are the tears that fall Living here without you is the hardest part of all

You did so many things for us Your heart was kind and true And when we needed someone We could always count on you

The special years will not return When we are all together But with the love in our hearts You walk with us forever

  • DONATIONS

  • South East Integrated Care Centre
  • Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan

Services

  • Honoring Crystal's wishes, there will not be a funeral service held at this time.

Memories

Crystal Dawn Cross

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Chris & Karen Bachtold

September 13, 2021

We are so sad to hear of Crystal's passing. She was a lovely woman. Our deepest sympathies. Our hearts go out to you!
Chris & Karen Bachtold

Nancy Apshkrum

September 7, 2021

My maiden name is Clark. My parents Ed and Joan Clark were in LTC in Kipling. I will treasure every memory I have of Crystal as she was kind, caring and very respectful of my parents and myself. As a RN myself, I know she rose above the “call of duty” every shift.

Niven and Diane Bachert

September 6, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss.
Our deepest sympathies.

Lil Cross

September 5, 2021

Ward and family,
Deepest sympathies on your great loss. I knew Crystal from our volleyball league and our teams formed a special bond. She was easy to be around, a great competitor and will miss her at these games. May she Rest In Peace and your memories bring you peace… speak of her often, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh and you keep her memory alive! 💙👼

Jacquie and Doug Herman (nee Rogers)

September 4, 2021

Dear Ward and Family,

So saddened to hear about Crystal. I considered her my cousin (third I think). We played as children, my sister, Warren, Kent, Crystal and myself.

Over the years, we would meet up in Costco and Walmart, share news and continue on. She was so happy to be a grandmother and so proud of her beautiful children.

I hope the beautiful memories created with Crystal can help you through this sad time. She has gone from this earth, way too soon.

Kipling 1 Volleyball Team Mary Lou Seier, Sue Long, Marilyn Shackleton, Colleen Currie, Bernie Blackstock, Norma Schneider, Brenda Doud, Linda Gliem

September 2, 2021

Dear Ward, Austyn, Kaitlyn and family, Sending you our deepest sympathies. Our hearts are broken. Crystal was a part of our team from day one, which was a very long time! She was a team player who always gave her best; she contributed with her power hits and serves, or with her encouragement and cheers. On tournament days she generously spoiled us with her delicious breakfast sandwiches. We also appreciated her wonderful snacks and baking that she'd bring to keep us going through those long days. She really enjoyed the camaraderie with our team - her laugh was large and her giggles were contagious! She laughed at funny volleyball plays, jokes, and our many Suburban travel stories, to name a few. Despite being a busy mother (and later a grandmother), wife and farmer, employee and care giver, she always made time for league games and our many road trips for tournaments. She was quite a girl and we'll miss her deeply. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories of her - we know we will! We’ll have ‘another round’ - for Crystal. ❤️

Ellen McGuire

September 1, 2021

My deepest condolences to Ward and all of Crystal's family and friends. Hoping that the support of your family and friends helps to carry you through this difficult time.
With sincere sympathy

Rhonda Smith

September 1, 2021

My Deepest heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I remember when she was young they came to visit us on the farm. Happy times !!! Cherish the memories


Shirley Wheeler

August 31, 2021

My deepest sympathy in the passing of Crystal. I remember her from my visits to Kipling while I worked with Sun Country Health.
RIP Crystal

Joe and Donna. Molnar

August 31, 2021

I have many fond memories of Crystal, from working with her at the Inn, to working with her at WDL....she was a very kind hearted dedicated worker. Our sincere sympathy...to Ward, Kaitlyn, Jordon Chloe...Austyn...may all the memories, help you through this difficult time....she will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY