Krista West Cross

NAPLES, Fla. — After a courageous battle with cancer, our beloved angel was called home to be with our Heavenly Father on Oct. 12, 2016.

Krista West Cross was born Dec. 25, 1971, to her parents, Kenneth West Sr. and Mary Ellen Jordan West. She grew up in the Warren area and after graduating from Howland Christian School moved to the Naples, Fla., area. She soon met the love of her life, Rhoderick Cross, and together they shared a marriage of 19 years.

Krista developed a passion for working with children, which led her to a career as a preschool teacher. Precious Cargo Academy was where she decided to affect the lives of many young minds. Her infectious smile will always be remembered by the young lives she touched.

The other passion of Krista’s life was her church, where she was able to share her faith in God. Naples First Church of the Nazarene was the other place she called home –where her radiant smile made her the perfect greeter. She also was an inspiration to many lives at the church, where her unyielding faith will serve as a testament to all of the loved ones she has left behind.

She was preceded in death by both her paternal and maternal grandparents; her father, Kenneth West Sr.; children, Kody and Peanut Cross; and her father-in-law, Floyd Cross.

She is survived by her husband, Rhoderick Cross; stepson, Justin Cross; mother, Mary Ellen West; siblings, Sheryl (Jeff) Wright, Kenneth (Regina) West Jr., Brent (Julie) West, Shawn (Mary) West Sr., Rebekah West, Justin (Melissa) West and Peter (Pam) Mongeau. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Darla Cross; and sister-in-law, Velvet (Charles) Weber.

Krista’s world was also enriched by her many nieces and nephews whom she loved and adored.

Her fur baby, Mickey, will miss her terribly.

A celebration of life will be 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, at Warren Morgandale Church of the Nazarene, 1985 Overland Ave. NE, Warren, OH 44483. In lieu of flowers, donations would greatly be appreciated to help with medical and related expenses.

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