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Obituary for Deborah "Debi" Cross

Deborah “Debi” Cross, 63, of Atlantic, Iowa, died April 6, 2019, at the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.

Deborah Kay, the youngest daughter of Robert and Edwina (Wilhelm) Linfor was born in Atlantic, Iowa, on July 31, 1955. Debi was raised in the “Bucktown” neighborhood in Atlantic. It was there she fostered her love of animals and many lifelong friendships. She grew up in the First Baptist Church and continued to serve the Lord there until her death. After graduating from Atlantic High School in 1975, Debi worked as a waitress at the Atlantic Hotel. While working there she met Steven Cross and they were married November 11, 1976.

After moving to a few different states, they settled back in Atlantic to raise their two children, Azure and Kiah. Debi led a full life serving the church, caring for animals, going to lunch and shopping with friends, attending rock and roll concerts, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Debi is survived by her son, Hezekiah B. (Ali) Cross of Coralville, IA; daughter, Azure A. (Wade) Cross-Corell of Denver, IA; two grandchildren, Alric Cross and Clara Corell; sister, Linda Keasey; dogs, Zeke and Shy Guy; and cats, Zorro, Onslow, Sammy and Mamma Kitty; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Edwina Linfor; husband, Steven Cross; brother and sister-in-law, Mark (Nyidia) Linfor; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Dave Mullins; brother-in-law, Richard Keasey; cousin, Marsha Linfor and many beloved pets.

Open visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10th at Roland Funeral Home. No visitation with the family present is planned.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 11th at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, with Pastor Ray McCalla of the First Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in the Atlantic Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation to a cause close to Debi’s heart, ASPCA – American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Deborah’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at

Deborah Cross

July 31, 1955 - Atlantic, Iowa

April 6, 2019 - Atlantic, Iowa

At the age of 63 years, 8 months & 6 days

10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 11, 2019
Roland Funeral Service - Atlantic, Iowa

Pastor Ray McCalla
First Baptist Church - Atlantic, Iowa

Jan Highfill

“Amazing Grace” recorded by Elvis Presley
“The Old Rugged Cross” by Congregation
“I Believe” recorded by Elvis Presley

Eric Keasey
R.L. Keasey
Mitch Mullins
Brian Grife
Mike Grife
Chad Steffens

Josie Hall
Kim Sorensen
Becky Bonney
Tess Kelly
Candy Christensen

Atlantic Cemetery - Atlantic, Iowa

The family invites you to join them for lunch at the First Baptist Church, 710 Walnut Street, following the committal service.

Memorials may be directed to the family for
later designation to a cause close to Debi’s heart,
ASPCA – American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.