Iona was born June 5, 1925 in Kimball, Neb., to Ruel and Hazel (Green) Schindler. She received her education at Flower Field School in Banner County. She married John “Bud” Cross on June 24, 1942 and they made their home in Banner County and LaGrange. They owned and operated the Hilltop Café from 1959 to 1964. They moved to Powell where they farmed. They also operated a car wash in Powell.
Iona was a curator at the Homesteader Museum in Powell. She volunteered at the Cody Museum and Meals on Wheels and was a poll worker during election time.
She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, canning and making holiday decorations for her home, family and also for Golden Living Center.
Survivors include her daughters Kathy Stricker of Cheyenne, Linda Dike of Gering, Neb., and Carolyn Jones of Rawlins; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Iona was preceded in death by her husband “Bud” Cross, one brother and two sisters.
A memorial service was held May 8 at the Golden Living Center with Pastor Don Mathis officiating. Burial of Iona’s urn will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Cody Wednesday, June 5 at 2 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or Cancer Society. Ballard Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.