Lottie Cross was both a sweet angel and a force of nature, tirelessing advocating for positive change. God called her home so while we grieve our loss, we also want to celebrate her life!
Please see the beautiful message from her daughter, Felicia Cross:
God called home a treasured angel, Wednesday, March 4, 2020 of natural causes.
Lottie Cross was born to Joe and Annie Givens (both deceased), March 20, 1942 in Oak Ridge, Louisiana. She was the eighth child of 12 siblings.
Ms. Lottie attended Grambling College before moving to Seattle, December 7, 1963 to marry her high school sweetheart, Jesse Cross (deceased). From this union of 23 years, two daughters, Felicia Cross and Daphne Cross, born 15 months apart.
For 7 years, Ms. Lottie own and operated Sunshine Center Laundromat on 23rd & Spring. After the laundromat closed, she went to work for Boeing in Auburn for several years. Lottie retired March 2007 after 31 years, as the Chief of Rider information for King County Metro. She changed the path of many people’s lives at Metro. She saw the good and potential in everyone. She hired, promoted and mentored the current Deputy General Manager for Metro, Terry White.
Lottie has received countless awards and recognitions for leadership and commitment to her family, church and community. In 1999, while working at Metro, she received the King County Humanitarian Martin Luther King Jr. award for upholding his legacy which she cherished the most. She loved people, especially children, Her house was always filled with love and laughter.
Lottie was a very dedicated and faithful member of New Hope Baptist Church for decades. She is not just a member of New Hope, but a strong, dedicated leader of several community powered programs started at New Hope, by Rev. Jeffrey. She has proudly served as the Director of Clean Greens Farm & Market and the Chief Operating Officer of the Black Dollar Days Task Force, which is she was looking forward to the 25th edition. She have also served in other leadership positions and been involved with many community organizations including the Executive Committee for Seattle Central Co-Op, a board member of the King County Regional Food Council, a board member of the Church Council for Greater Seattle, a member of the Ethical Leadership Board, Chair of the Deaconess Board and manager of the New Hope outreach program at New Hope Baptist Church…just to name a few. Lottie loved her community, and she worked tirelessly to make the community a better place for everybody. She has lived in the same house in the Central Area for over 50 years.
Lottie loved her kids, grand kids and especially her great grand Ariana. She picked Ari up from school every day, and attended every field trip and spent endless quality time with her. Ariana will definitely miss her (great)Grandma.
Lottie was also served a licensed foster parent. She was loved like a mother and grandmother to hundreds of people. You could always see a smile on her face.
Ms. Lottie leaves to cherish in her memory, life and legacy:
Daughters, Felicia Cross & Daphne Cross; GrandDaughters, Danyaile Hammond, Briaan Barron, & Amira Hill, and one great-granddaughter, Ariana Brown. Sisters, Dorothy Thaxton (Bastrop, LA) & Peola Johnson (Seattle, WA). Brother, Bobby Givens (Bastrop, LA). And, many, many, many Nieces, Nephews, very close friends, church family, and whole entire community, who loved her dearly.
Lottie is proceeded in death by parents, Joe & Annie Givens, eight sisters, and one brother
. For the FACTS;
The viewing and wake for community expressions will be held,
Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 6pm, New Hope Baptist Church, 116 21st Ave. South.
Celebration of life services will be held
Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 1pm pst at New Hope Baptist Church, 116 21st Avenue, Seattle, Washington.
Services will be streamed live on;
Facebook (New Hope Baptist Church) And, www.nhmbcseattle.org; or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyioOYjozMo
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