Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home - Champaign Il

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Linda K. Cross

On a cold day in November of 1945, Linda K. Sawyer was born and the world got way more interesting, especially for the citizens of Champaign.

She grew up with three siblings, Larry, Allen and Kathy. She met her future husband, crossJames Cross, while ice skating. They married in 1965 and in short order they added two wonderful children to their family, Melissa and Chris. Some would argue that Chris was slightly more wonderful but let's not quibble.

She was an amazing mother but she always looked for another challenge. She was on the Champaign County Board for multiple terms. She ran for and was elected Township Supervisor of Champaign where she excelled in the office for many years. Even after retirement she believed in civic duty and agreed to serve as an interim member of the City Council.

She and her husband, Jim, were the owners of Huber's West End Store and she remained an active and enthusiastic proprietor after his death.

She loved to cook, in a kitchen filled with every gadget imaginable. She loved to travel, she loved her many many friends. She adored her grandchildren and doted on all of them. She was kind and generous to friends and strangers alike. She was always positive, always upbeat. A conversation with her would leave you feeling better and most likely laughing wildly. She was hilarious. A short list of adjectives about Linda would include: caring, gregarious, passionate, loyal, energetic, giving ... okay, so not that short a list but we'd be here all day if I wrote down all of the ones that apply.

Here’s one more: tenacious. She never gave up. Despite years of health problems, she never lost her sense of humor, her love of life. When she lost her husband of fifty years, she was devastated but true to her nature she kept moving forward. Getting on with it. Making the most of every day. She was a force of nature, an inspiration and the world is far less interesting without her in it. We love you Mom. Rest well, we'll keep it going for you.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Cross, and her brother, Larry Sawyer.

She is survived by her brother, Allen Sawyer, of Wolf Creek, MT, her sister, Kathy Burnham of Elizabeth, AR, as well as her daughter, Melissa and Scott Hildreth of Highland, MI and her son, Chris and Julie Cross of Ballwin, MO, along with five grandchildren, Olivia and Ryan Hildreth, Izzy, Sophie, and Max Cross. She is also survived by a huge circle of friends that knew and loved her as much as we do.

Services will be held on Tuesday, February 5th at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home in Champaign. Visitation from 10 a.m.-noon, service at 12:15 with graveside service to immediately follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Urbana. The Rev. David Ashby will officiate.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the YMCA of Champaign or the Carle Center for Philanthropy—two places that were very important to Linda, one being obviously more fun than the other.

Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.



My condolences to the family and friends of Linda Cross. I only knew her for a short time but she had a very positive impact on me.

—Deb Lay


My deepest sympathy to Linda’s family. 
I knew Linda to be honest, kind, and generous.
She will be missed.

—Linda Frank


Dear Melissa and Chris,

I am devastated in hearing of the loss of your Mom and my friend, Linda. I will miss her terribly, our chats and cocktails by the sea and sitting on the beach talking about books. She will always be in my heart.

Dom and I send our sincere condolences to you and your families, love to all of you 

—Grace and Dom Scialoia


So sorry for the loss of your mother Linda. We grew up together as kids with Kathy Larry and Allen. We lived on Beardsley just around the corner from Linda. Her dad, your Grandpa, used to work on our lawn mower. Linda and my wife judy were friends all through school.Enjoyed seeing her at our 50th class reunion and talking about the old neighborhood days. Peace be with you at this time of sorrow.

—Mike Kurlakowsky


Although I knew Linda only briefly and through the euchre club at Huber's, she made me feel like we were truly friends. She was a lovely lady and will be sincerely missed.