January 6, 2019

Ona Evelayn Cross (Baird) was born on November 22, 1922 in Larned, Kansas to John Norris Baird and Clara (Spangler) Baird.

Ona was raised on the farm 3 miles east of Larned.  She attended District #6 grade school, then Larned High School. Her senior year, she moved to Boulder, Colorado with her great aunt, and graduated from Boulder High in 1940. She then moved to Wichita and went to Wichita business college.

After college, she worked for Boeing aircraft as the head secretary for the engineering department. She witnessed the first flight of the B29 bomber.  While in Wichita, Ona met a handsome engineer for Beech aircraft, Lloyd Cook. They were married on November 1, 1942. Lloyd served in the armed forces during the war. After the war they moved to Oklahoma City and she worked for Capital Records. Ona loved music and meeting such stars as Tennessee Ernie Ford, Hank Thompson & Jo Stafford. That marriage dissolved in 1951.

Ona was back in Lewis briefly, then moved back to Colorado where she loved the mountains and reuniting with friends she had made when she was in Boulder. On April 21, 1955, Ona married Bill Cross in Clayton, New Mexico, they moved back to Lewis to live on the farm. Ona was active in many organizations she loved the farm and ranching business. She was an astute businesswoman, and was very successful in the cattle business. She was known for her keen wit and sense of humor.

After Bill’s death in 1991, she continued to buy and sell cattle and participate in her farming operations. She was an avid member of the Lewis community, active in her EHU Sunnyside unit, a loyal member of Daughters of the American Revolution, active in the Kansas livestock Association and the Kansas Cowbells. She was a member of the Lewis United Methodist Church, a 35 year member of the Board of Directors of the Iroquois Center for Human Development, and her bowling league just to name a few.

Ona lived her last year’s as a resident of the Edwards County Medical Center in Kinsley. She is survived by a nephew Joe R. Baird (Pam), a niece Jean Martin (John), great nieces and nephews; Loren Baird (Mari), Michael Baird (Amanda), Lindsay Martin, Erica Martin, Drew Martin.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bill, and her brother Ralph H Baird.

Sunday, November 6 – 1988

Temp Range: 34° – 64°

A beautiful, cool, crisp day. Changed the bed, did laundry then called Donna & Cec to eat fried chicken with us. Chato was out doing chores early. Feeding cattle across the road. They finished early around 9 or 9:30. He & family left & didn’t get home until after 10pm. Bill came in about 9:30 – wanted to fool around! – while I was doing laundry. Met Cec & Donna for fried chicken. Had a good crowd. Gave the bedroom clock to Cec to fix. Went by R V’s. He & Mary were raking yard. Asked them to come out – Bill took Cec & David to get J. Cross’s combine to cut little lot of milo (Bill said doubt if he got 10 bushel). RV & Mary were here at 1:20 – we worked all afternoon. Dug roots, Mary swept &  raked. R & I moved & planted the rose bush.  Left at 5:20. I cleaned up – we went to Luther Bryant’s fish dinner.

Zelma M called – coffee club.

Joe called & talked about 25 minutes. Gave Ranni 2 carat diamond.

Ralph called from Phoenix for Boyd’s phone number.

Saturday, August 27th – 1988

Temp Range: 72° –

Temp was warm in the AM – in 70’s. Wind blew in from  the north mid morning. Blew pool full of leaves & dirt. Got up at 5:15. Did chores. Over to town by 5:45. Moon starting to eclipse. Guys brought horses over. Robbie & David late but at Britton’s pasture before daylite. Bill & I  in pickup – went 2 1/2 miles north from southwest corner. Fatass was sitting on the hill (cattle spooked). Bill said “What the hell is she doing out here – she’s got no business out here. Trucks were 30 minutes late but got one loaded by 8:38 (78 head). 67 on the 2nd truck. Found 2 in the willows. Cheto roped last one. Wayne unloaded them in Lobo by 11. Guys went on home. It sprinkled. Ate at the Pub. home before 12:30. Ralph called on oil lease – 5/6 about 2,000 a month. Bill stomped out of the house – was furious! “Who the hell changed that? LaV had her name, Brian’s & Gary’s on the lease. Bill said he was to to see Roe. We went to Fred Clark’s party.

Friday, October 21st – 1988

Temp Range: 48° – 75°

Up early to get things done to leave. Edwards came about 9am. I had several calls on cattle to make. Sent checks to Gt. Bend Golden Belt. Edwards finished sweet onion semi-gloss in bedroom. Left by noon – took check & eggs to bank, ate fried chicken & left for N. Mex.  Bill got haircut at Larned early & we went to see Dr. Atwood. Mrs. Atwood had him write prescription for us temporarily. New Dr. visiting Kinsley today. Stopped at Dodge, in Clayton a little after 4:30. Bill stopped and got a 7 long oval hat & me 2 blouses (one black, one loud one!). Bill Waller took us to dinner.

Room 123

Sunday, June 26th – 1988

Temp Range: 71° – 96°

Did laundry, watered & pulled weeds.  Flies biting exceedingly bad. Ate over in town. Brian & friend from 39 miles from Hays came in to eat. (Both were at the Pub on friday) I called Mrs. Lawrence & we got 5 lbs green beans. I cooked with the new pot & ham. Really good. Rain shower went over about 6pm. Wichita got good rain – at least cooled things down.

Friday, December 30th -1988

Temp Range: 15° – 50°

Chilly but not windy.  Took hot water out. Bill was friendly.  I wanted to get dishes done. Called Joe – they were leaving about 11 for Roatan Honduras to scuba dive.  I had 10 o’ clock appt Dr. Schmidt.  Went in without much trouble. Knee getting  weaker. Right leg a little shorter.  BP 126/84.  He said that was real good. Went to Hamm & Pool for thank you cards. Got multi colored basket & potpourri – wrapped and put in Brian’s pickup for his mother. Made out checks for Chato & Bill Edwards.  Ate fried chicken over town.  Worked on checks – sent 7. Called co-op & Garfield co-op for storage & paid it. Lloyd Miller funeral at 1:30. Went to it. Chatted with Mary Blair.  Bill took Brian to Dodge to look at truck.  Gone all afternoon.  I went by Doskas a minute.  Helen C was there.  Got letter from Kay. Had fried catfish, fried potatoes, big salad.  Ralph called about feed bills. Joe bought a Valley Sprinkler.

Friday, June 10th – 1988

Temp Range: 63° – 83°

Bill came in & said he was going to see to St. John after screens for the combine.  $500 ea.  I had 10 o’clock appointment with Dr. Schmidt.  Left leg hurts from walking & working in garden, mowing, etc.  Stopped at Mary’s – 40% off tomorrow.  Got grey & yellow striped towels, yellow pants & top, black print skirt.  Stopped at Sears – $160 for deep freeze?  A couple begonia plants.  A little late – Bill fixing eggs.  I fixed some beans & turkey sandwich.  Bill amorous… Jack Metcalf came back, wants $7,000 for siding.  Geo came at 3:30 to help me mow.  Chato on ride mower.  Taco nite at the Pub for fireworks.  Clapsaddles there.  Fixed trap to catch chickens.

Tuesday, January 12th – 1988

Temp range: 21° – 38° (Back to 8° at bedtime)

Didn’t go to bed til 1:30, up a little after 8.  Bill came in about 7:45 & was resting. He wanted to visit.  Brian was off with sore throat again.  Wind came up & snow from a week ago blew roads shut.  Grader opened road just ahead of Bill going to town.  I did chores and typed up bowling scores.  I was second at 640, 30 behind first.  Roads still blowing, fixed lunch, finished up checks, W-3 & 943  IRS forms and got them in the mail.  Bill wanted to go to Lobo.  He has seven pens of cattle, I’m down to three.  Fixed catfish, fried potato, fresh broccoli & bread pudding.  Doska sent out IMHC meeting.  Surprised 10 were there.  Bartlet back on board.  Dr. Bradley had 3 calls.  He finally left & we finished early.  Home by 10pm.

Pappy Boyington died – famous WWII pilot

Friday, January 29th -1988

Temp range: 54° -76° (Tempe)

Another nice day.  Ate breakfast at the Holiday Inn.  Bernard called from Ramada Inn in Metro.  Boyd & Nancy met us for lunch at Village Inn near us.  He’s working for K.C. Life.  Drives a Cadillac. Took bankruptcy last week.  Can keep one car & (paying on) home.  Nancy said she’d put on 25 pounds since she quit smoking.  They’re both pretty blue.  He had appointments and went on.  I love the little well built Tempo.  Called Martins & went over there.  She was sitting in sun.  He wasn’t feeling too well.  Bill took us down & had a couple drinks.  Got lost going back to Roy’s.  Ended up on Eliott & Alma Rd.  It was dark. Carrie had made hash – they had eaten, but had plenty for us too.

Wednesday, January 27th – 1988

Temp: 50° when we left for Wichita

Up early.  Grimes called me about some feeders (told him to call back at Ralph’s at 9:45).  Forgot it was “Color Day”.  Got up to Ralph’s about 10.  He wanted to ride back with me to pick up Town Car I’d brought from Dodge City.  A customer caught him just as we were leaving.  Took 10 to 15 minutes.  Stopped & got a few groceries.  Stopped at apartment & got his radio-phone.  He contacted Joe Hermann as he was going into Dodge City.  Home by 11:11.  Bill was walking the floor.  Hurriedly threw some things in suitcase.  On the road by 11:50.  Stopped at drive-in  in Stafford for a sandwich.  At airport about 2pm.  Flight left at 3:35.  Had seat 11 (room for Bill’s legs).  Arrived in Phoenix at 5:05 their time.  Tried to rent a car, missed my drivers license.  Got brand new Tempo.  Got lost once getting to Carrie’s.  She had steak supper on the table.