Lena Sollars Cross
Lena Sollars Cross, 81, Appleton City, MO, formerly of Adrian, MO, died Monday, December 31, 2018, at her home surrounded by family. Funeral services were held January 4, 2019, at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellett Memorial Hospital Foundation of Appleton City or the Adrian Optimist Club.
Lena was born October 18, 1937, on the farm east of Adrian to Floyd and Louise (Crozier) Dunham. She attended Ballard and Adrian schools and was a 1955 graduate of Adrian High School. Throughout school, Lena loved playing basketball.
Lena was united in marriage to Russell Dean Sollars on July 27, 1956 in Adrian, shortly after Russell’s discharge from the US Army. Lena and Russell moved to the Sollars family farm east of Adrian where she took an active role in farm operations and raising their two children, Allen & Denise. In 1967, Lena began working at the Adrian Bank. She retired from the bank in 1984 as a vice president. Lena and Russell were members of the Adrian Christian Church. Russell passed away unexpectedly in 1981.
On December 31, 1983, Lena married Kenneth Cross of Appleton City. At that time, she moved to Appleton City where she and Kenny were active members of First Baptist Church. They enjoyed 20 years of marriage, traveling and enjoying family and friends.
Lena enjoyed life to the fullest and loved laughter. You could always expect to receive a humorous, never serious, birthday card from her. Lena found great enjoyment in Mizzou football, collecting dishes, hosting friends and family with her great cooking and presentation. She found pleasure in transforming her yard sale and antique store “finds” into objects of beauty. She had a great sense of humor and positive attitude, maintaining these even throughout her illness.
Lena was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Russell, in 1981, and her husband, Kenneth, in 2004. She is survived by her son, Allen Sollars and wife, Cindy, Adrian; her daughter, Denise Schuchmann and husband, Robert, Webb City, MO; her grandson, Brian Sollars, Adrian, MO; her granddaughter, Brianne Long and husband, Michael, Washington D.C.; a brother, Gary Dunham and wife, Carolyn, Brentwood, TN; her stepson, Jeff Cross and wife, Debbie, Appleton City, and her stepdaughter, Kim Dains and husband, Darrell, Rockville, MO; six step grandchildren, Steven Cross and wife, Rosanna, Kelli Cross, Derek Cross, Katie Evans and husband, Tyler, Isaac Dains and wife, Heather, and Adam Dains; three step greatgrandchildren, Jackson Cross, Asher Evans, and Macie Dains, and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.