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Alzada Estes Weaver Cross, age 96, passed away Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, surrounded by her loving family in the Swansea home she lived in for more than six decades.
A 14th-generation descendant of Mayflower passenger Francis Cooke, Alzada was born to Susan Gifford and Louis Weaver on Oct. 19, 1926 in Fall River, Mass. She was named for her maternal grandmother, Alzada Estes Gifford, and was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church.
Alzada graduated from Durfee High School in 1944, and met the love of her life, Irving Cecil Cross – also known as “Mr. Wonderful” – while working behind the soda counter of a Fall River corner store in 1949. They were married on Feb. 17, 1950 in Fall River, and raised six children in their Swansea home, sharing a joyful, loving marriage and family life for 58 years. Irving passed away on Father’s Day in 2008.
Alzada enjoyed a long, rich life filled with friendship, square dancing, camping, crosswords and card playing – but, most of all, she cherished time with her loving husband and adoring children. Along with the much-deserved “Mrs. Wonderful” moniker, her other nickname – Albatross – was always a funny but very fitting tribute, as she was an inexhaustibly devoted mother, nurturing her offspring with warmth, love and wisdom under her enormous, protective, and unflappable wings.
Mrs. Wonderful is survived by six children – Steven Cross and his wife Marcia Cross (Lombardo) of North Scituate, MA; Deborah Cross Antoine and her husband Clarel Antoine of New York, NY, and her former husband Robert MacFarlane of Fort Myers, FL; Pamela Antaya (Cross) and her husband Mark Antaya of Rehoboth, MA; David Cross and his wife Theresa Cross (Burns) of Fall River, MA; Brian Cross of Swansea, MA, and his former wife Eleana Cross (Calix) of Coral Springs, FL; and Dana Cross and his wife Sawako Fukushima of Swansea, MA.
A devoted “Grammy,” she is survived by ten adoring grandchildren – Jessica MacFarlane and her husband Abdessalam Hamdoun; Rebekah Barney (MacFarlane) and her husband Jeffrey Barney; Alexandra MacFarlane; Sarah Lennon (Cross) and her husband Matthew Lennon; Cody Antaya; Allan Calix; Benjamin Cross; Brian Cross; Dylan Cross; and Kayla Cross – as well as seven great-grandchildren – Meriem, Leila, Luke, Noah, Madeline, Rylee, and Juliette.
She will be missed by nieces Susan Blackburn and Cynthia Rothwell, daughters of her late brother Frank Weaver, as well as niece Joan Weaver and nephew Robert Weaver, children of her late brother William Weaver. She was the sister-in-law of the late Irene Napier (Cross), mother of Jack and Michael Napier, and sister-in-law of Joan Pereira (Cross), mother of Edward Pereira, Catherine Catudal, and Jennifer Roderick.
All are invited to attend a time of visitation on Friday, November 11, 2022 from 4-6pm in the Hathaway Community Home for Funerals, 900 Buffinton St., Somerset. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 beginning at 9:30 in the funeral home, followed by prayers and words of remembrance at 10am.
Burial will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Swansea.
May we all be forever grateful for Alzada’s abiding love and legacy, and may our future generations be influenced by her exemplary life. In lieu of flowers, please honor Alzada’s memory with a simple act of kindness.