Obituary: Kathryn Crossley |

Obituary: Kathryn Crossley

Kathryn Crossley

Kathryn Crossley, 89, former resident of Truckee, died unexpectedly Dec. 26. Born to Fredrick and Bridget Tracey in Massachusetts, she joined the Civil Air Patrol after high school and flew during the War. She married Ellis Crossley in February of 1946 and they had one child, Sheila. In 1951 they settled in Concord, Calif., where she became head organist and formed a Men’s Choir for the Catholic Church.

Kay started college in her 40s, and six years later earned a Master’s of Social Work from U.C. Berkeley. She worked in Child Protective Services, supervised Foster Placement, did private counseling and finally became Director of the Conciliation Court for Contra Costa County, from which she retired at the age of 68. She lead an adventurous retirement and throughout her 70s traveled worldwide and did the things she always wanted to do, including a parachute jump. She lived in Martinez after being widowed in 1973, but a series of small strokes made it hard to be alone so she moved to Truckee to be with her daughter in 2001 and finally to Reno in 2006. Hers was a full and happy life. She was fulfilled in her work, deeply loved by her family and friends and will be missed by all who knew her and shared her life and humor. She is survived by Sheila and Marion Crossley, granddaughter Stephanie Parsons and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Truckee Humane Society would be appreciated.

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