SUSANNE R. (BURNHAM) CROSS

Born: Wed., Sep. 16, 1942
Died: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018


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Susanne Burnham “Sue” Cross,75, who went to be with her Lord and her beloved husband, Tim on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at her home of natural causes in Wheatland, Wyoming.
She was born on September 16, 1942 in Los Angeles, California to Gale Ewing and Ruth Ellen (King) Burnham.
She lived on several Army bases including Muscogee, Oklahoma where she used to laughingly say she made her stage debut. While at the movies with her mother one day when she was three years old she “escaped” and climbed up on the stage and learned to make shadow people until she was removed by an employee. She was also known to serenade the passengers of the troop trains when traveling as a toddler. That was a very short career.
When she was five years old her family moved to Lusk, Wyoming where she attended school and graduated from Niobrara County High School in 1960.
In 1958 she married Warren “Gene” Coleman and they had two daughters.  In 1967 she married Charles V. Sommers and they had one daughter.
In 1983 she married George “Tim” Cross III and spent twenty-eight happy years until his death in 2011.
In 1979 she went back to school, becoming a bookkeeper while also training to work as an EMT on the Glendo Ambulance. She opened her own bookkeeping practice in 1980 and in 1985 added tax accounting. She operated this business until her retirement in 2014.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Gale Coleman Jansing; and husband, Tim Cross.
She is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Coleman Newsom of Hope, Arkansas and Stephanie S. Sommers of Wheatland; step children, George “Red” (Lona) Cross IV and Lea (Howard) Walker both of Douglas, Wyoming; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Janice (Sam) Fleet of Sugar Creek, Missouri and Dana Vineyard of Wheatland, Wyoming; brother, Jon (Jan) Burnham of Arizona; many nieces and nephews; and many friends and family of her heart.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your favorite charity in her name.
Sue did not want a sad funeral but instead a summertime picnic of food and family and laughter. This is tentatively planned for June 2018.
Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements.

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Cookie Walker
   Posted Mon January 29, 2018
Was so sorry to hear about Sue. Am glad that you got to stay with her these last few years to help her out and give her company as I know she was lost after Tim died; and that the both of you could lean on each other thru both your health problems. Moving closer to her sister was a help for all of you to give each other help and comfort. I know the next few months are going to be really hard for you, losing your mom and your health problems that make it hard to be on your own but you are tough and know you will make it thru this and hopefully get better soon.

Gerald C Bohmer Jr
   Posted Tue January 30, 2018
You will be greatly missed by anyone who every met you.

Mary Rusch
   Posted Tue January 30, 2018
Sorry to learn of your loss. Sue was always one to look up to and to have as a friend. She was always a role model too. Our condolences to Sue’s family. Mary and Jim Rusch

Laraine Goold
   Posted Tue January 30, 2018
To Susanne's family.
Susanne was a classmate of mine for 18 years in Lusk...she was such a sweet soul. I am grateful to have loving memories of her. I know that all of you are being held up with strength from within and are grateful she is free and at peace in her new life experience.
Laraine Gautschi Goold

Dana Vineyard
   Posted Tue April 03, 2018
Sis, I miss you so much. Sometimes I pick up the phone to call you, and then I remember you aren't there.....You were such a gentle soul and wonderful friend and sister. Nobody else like you. I will always miss you. Until we meet again, know that I love you.....

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