Essex Church lauds contributions of Katherine Cross

ESSEX For one of the very few times in her life, Katherine Cross woke up on Sunday Morning, Oct. 7 and thought to herself, I might not go to church today. I have a houseful of company and Im tired. Her children, all visiting to celebrate her birthday, rallied around and said, You have to, we want to go with you. Katherine went along with them, not realizing that when she arrived at the Essex Community Church for Sunday services, the entire morning would be dedicated to her! The church was full with many friends and much family in attendance. Cross was presented with a corsage, a wall hanging and a song by the Sunday school classes, which she directs. An announcement was made that a luncheon in her honor followed the service. At the luncheon a program was put together by Virginia Lowe, Reverend John Hunn and many of her friends. Karen East, church member and librarian at Belden Memorial Library, remembered Katherine in both venues. She has been treasurer of the United Methodist Womens Group for as long as anyone can remember and an active member of the library board since 1988 and has served as president continually since 1990. A citation was read from Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and a proclamation read by Ron Jackson, Supervisor of the Town of Essex, as well as Katherines nephew. Shirley Richter, a long-time friend reminisced about Essex High School and being roommates at Plattsburgh Normal School. Two other Essex High School schoolmates were in attendance and both spoke-Sid Couchey and Grace MacLeod. Jim Laforest reminded Katherine of her acting ability and the fact that she was a tree in one of the recent productions! Marcia Bierce reminisced about getting to know Katherine through the insurance business, spending time together traveling throughout Essex County visiting clients. Grace Drummond spoke of their long term friendship, through thick and thin and Grace MacLeod , her cousin reminded Katherine that she was the class clown, while Katherine was the serious student! A presentation by Sid and Ruth Couchey followed with some humorous drawings by the ever popular Sid. Sid, who has know Katherine since the 1930s described her as a very strong lady, both physically and mentally. The church presented Katherine with an original Sid Couchey print and also a scrapbook of photos and birthday cards. This octogenarian, who remains extremely active in church and community affairs, spoke her thanks to a packed fellowship hall at the end of the program.

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