L. Barbara Cross, 87, died following a brief illness Feb. 11, 2010, with her family at her side, at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport.

Born July 19, 1922, in Rockland, she was the daughter of Louis and Lillian Christopher Harrison. At a young age, Barbara moved with her family to Rahway, N.J., where she grew up and attended local schools. She graduated from high school in 1940.

Following high school, Barbara attended school in New York, training under a doctor and studying to be an assistant to physicians. She also worked for several years as a clerk in local dress shops.

For many years, and during World War II, Barbara worked in Bloomfield, N.J., and later as a telephone operator for New England Telephone.

On June 21, 1969, Barbara married William Cross. The couple made their home in Warren their entire married life. Mr. Cross passed away in 2004.

For the longest period of time, Lillian worked as a nurse for the Camden Hospital and Knox Hospital. At one point, she was also employed as an assistant to Drs. Terrio and Chisholm.

More recently, Barbara has been an active member of the Warren Historical Society, the Supper Club, Woman’s Extension and the Warren Congregational Church.

Barbara was also an accomplished artist, particularly enjoying oil painting. She participated in several juried art shows and often judged shows for the Maine Lobster Festival and Warren Days.

She was predeceased by her husband.

Mrs. Cross is survived by her son, Charles Margeson and his wife, Sonja, of Rockland; her daughters, Jacqueline A. Munro Abbot and her companion Gerald Buck of Rockland and Linda Correy Hayden and her husband, Rick, of Warren; her sister, Joni Spooner of Davenport, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 6 to 8 p.m., with a service to be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26 at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland. The Rev. Branan Becknell will officiate.

Interment in North Parish Cemetery will be held in the spring.

To sign Barbara’s online guest book, visit bchfh.com.