Katherine Alan Louise (Kittle) Cross, 66, passed away Friday, August 6, 2021, in Auburn, WA, after a brief struggle with an aggressive cancer. She went peacefully holding her youngest daughter’s hand.
Kate was born on March 6, 1955, to Chester Wiley “Bill” and Carolyn Louise (Kunz) Kittle in Hutchinson, KS. Kate graduated from Mendota Township High School, Class of 1973. In July 1973, Kate married Michael Wallace. They divorced in 1978. In December 1979, she gave birth to her first child, Natascha. They moved to Washington in 1980. Kate married Kenneth Cross on September 5, 1981, and gained a son, Michel. In September 1982, Kate gave birth to a daughter, Rebecca, followed by another daughter, Vanessa, in October of 1984. In 2012, Kate and Ken divorced.
Kate loved to travel all over the country and went on many road trips, visiting all the continental states. Kate is known for her sweet smile, kind heart, and great hugs. She loved fast cars, road trips, lighthouses, the ocean, genealogy, and, most of all, her family. Family members joked that her idea of a good time was visiting a lighthouse and a cemetery.
Kate was preceded in death by her father, Bill, and her mother, Louise. She is survived by her children Michel, Natascha, Rebecca, Vanessa, their spouses, her sisters Roxanna and Javida, her brothers Chet and Toby, step-sisters Sheila and Paula, five granddaughters, two grandsons, and one great-granddaughter.
A graveside funeral will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, in Auburn, WA, on Saturday, August 21 at 11:00am, followed by a reception at Natascha’s residence.