March 6 Obituaries
Virginia Roemisch-Cross was born on the cusp of the Depression, Jan. 8, 1929 on a farm outside Sidney in Comanche County. Her mother was Nellie Lee Taylor Robertson and her father was Edwin Wilburn (Bill) Robertson. Virginia said her dad’s family “were a family of readers” who gave ordinary housework a lower priority — “readers not cleaners.” Virginia was very literate, earning good grades at Texas Tech, but she also fought indoor dust with a vengeance.
Virginia’s mother, Nellie, died of diphtheria when Virginia was only four. Virginia’s younger brother, Jerry Robertson, was only six months. They were then raised by her grandmother, Annie Lee Bryant Taylor. In the peak of the Depression, Virginia’s father went north, finding work in Missouri and leaving her and her brother, Jerry, in the care of her Grandma Taylor.
Virginia grew up and went to school around Hermleigh with her best friend, Ina Myrhl Adams. She picked cotton, survived without electricity or plumbing and yet graduated valedictorian of her small rural school.
After briefly attending Texas Tech, she moved to Odessa in 1949 and married Joe Doris Roemisch. They had a son, Jerry Joe, born in 1951 and a daughter, Rebecca Lea, born in 1959.
Virginia thrived as a homemaker and was an active member of Parkview Church of Christ. There she was very involved teaching Sunday school, attending all services and vigorously engaged in social and benevolent activities. She was always a key member of the congregation. Until her death, she was the longest surviving member of Parkview, joining in 1949. After almost 50 years of marriage, Joe Roemisch died in 1994. More than a decade later, Virginia remarried widower and former Parkview minister Joe Cross, who died in 2008.
Virginia moved to Brookdale Assisted Living in March 2018 where she quickly shared her sunny disposition and beautiful presence. She was especially close with fellow resident Carolyn Wilson. She also reestablished a longstanding relationship with Mildred Ellis, another esteemed Brookdale member and Parkview congregant.
Virginia is survived by one son Jerry Roemisch and his wife, Sheila; and one daughter Rebecca Manley and her husband, Mark; one brother, Jerry Robertson and his wife, Beverly; three half-sisters, Dorothy, Wanda and Sylvia; two beautiful granddaughters, Kelsee Jones and her husband, Aaron, and Shelby White and her husband, Chad; four precious great-granddaughters; and two great-grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Lee; and her half-sister, Sue.
Funeral service for Virginia will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Parkview Church of Christ in Odessa. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens under the direction of Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home in Odessa.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dean Edward Eaton, 56, died Friday, March 1, 2019.
Funeral service for Mr. Eaton will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Hermleigh with Pastor Alan Culp officiating. Burial will follow at Hermleigh Cemetery under the direction of Miller Family Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jonathan Ivan “Jon” Guevara, 31, of Odessa, died Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Guevara will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Odessa. Burial will follow in the Ector County Cemetery under the direction of Acres West Funeral Chapel in Odessa.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.