Thelda Mearl Manley Cross, 88, passed away April 18, 2019 at her home with family by her side.

Graveside services, under the direction of Davis-Morris Funeral Home, will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 22 at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo.

Mearl was born Feb. 14, 1931 in Loraine to Wm. J. and Myrtle M. Manley. The family moved to San Angelo in 1940. She graduated from San Angelo High School in 1948. She married J. L. “Sonny” Cross, Jr. on Dec. 24, 1949. The family moved to Brownwood in 1967. Mearl was a homemaker and also worked as a telephone operator at GTE, was a real estate agent with Howard Davis and Associates and also worked at Brownwood Regional Medical Center. After retiring, she enjoyed working with Sonny making wood furniture and crafts to sell and traveling with him. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Brownwood. Her greatest passion was her grandchildren.

Mearl is survived by her husband of 69 years; daughter, Lynda Waldrop and husband, Paul Jr. of Brownwood; daughter Becky Hudson and husband Steve of Lampasass; son Jameas L. Cross and wife, Diane of Winters; son, Jerrel L. Cross and wife, Kim of Irving; and a sister, Louise Rich of Baraboo, Wisconsion. She was the grandmother to 10 grandchildren and great-grandmother to 19 children, and had many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and two sisters.

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