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Reba Divine Crossley

     Reba Divine Crossley, age 98, of Nevada, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012 at Truman Healthcare Center in Lamar.


     Reba was born September 15, 1913, at Milford, Missouri, to Michael E. and Eva (Dighton) Divine.  She graduated from Lamar High School in 1931 and earned a teaching degree from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.  Reba taught in rural schools for ten years before beginning her 35 year career charting train movement for the Kansas City Southern Railroad.  She was a long-time member of the Railway Business Women's Association.  After retiring in 1978, she was active in the National Association of Retired & Veteran Railway Employees.  Always active in her community, Reba was a member of Community Christian Church on the Plaza in Kansas City and attended First Baptist Church after moving to Nevada.  She had been a member of Mt. Hope Chapter 74, Order of Eastern Star since 1933.


     On July 13, 1941, Reba married Homer M. Crossley and he preceded her in death May 19, 1960.  She was also preceded by two brothers, Glenn and Jay Divine; two sisters, Beulah Niehaus and Ada Crossley; and three nephews, Niel Niehaus, Jack Crossley, and Delbert Crossley.


     Survivors include a nephew, Mike & Sondra Divine, Lamar; five nieces and their husbands, Norma Jean & Neil Robertson, Lamar, Sue & Kirk Morris, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Kay & Gary Forest, El Dorado Springs, Missouri, Eva Lee Hall, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Patricia & Tom Casady, Hollister, Missouri; two nieces by marriage, Anna Crossley, Kansas City, Missouri and Marilyn & Les Braley, Weslaco, Texas; and a large extended family.


     A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 13th, at St. James Cemetery with Tom Casady officiating.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to St. James Cemetery in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


     Condolences may be sent at


#6 Kansas City, MissouriJoyce Manning, President Unit 2012-03-15 08:04
Dear Family of Reba:

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Reba. She was a long-time member of the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railroad Employees, Unit #95, K.C.,MO. She will be missed by many of her friends in our organization. Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this time and we wanted to let you know Reba was loved by many.

Joyce Manning, President Unit#9t NARVRE
Kansas City, Missouri
#5 Frisco, TX.John Cook 2012-03-13 11:53
Teresa was so lucky to have such a wonderful Aunt Reba. Her thoughtfulness and kind spirit was what always amazed me. Every time we got the birthday cards on the exact date it made me smile. Maybe that's why she was blessed with so many years. You will be missed Aunt Reba.

John, Tee, Nathan, Lex, Hunter, Christian
#4 Kansas City, MOFaye Smith 2012-03-13 09:50
My friendship with Reba goes back to her days as an active member of Community Christian Church. Since her move from Kansas City, we have exchanged Christmas cards every year.
Reba was a lovely lady.
Faye Smith
#3 Houston, TXBarbara Hall Whetten 2012-03-11 15:17
Reba was such a wonderful lady. I will miss her cards that came for every birthday and anniversary exactly on the day they were due. She was never off, not even by one day. How she did that, I will never know, but that was quite a feat. I also loved going to her apt. in KC and talking on her very cool "intercom phone" that allowed people to announce their arrival. She always had fudge of Russel Stovers candy. To this day I call people "kid" just like she did. I love you Aunt Reba!
#2 1928 Aspen Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505Eva Le e Hall 2012-03-11 14:19
We'll all miss you !!
Our love,

Eva Lee
#1 Hollister, MoTom and Pat Casady 2012-03-10 20:37
Precious Auny Reba, you will be missed by all your nieces and nephews... We will treasure the memories we made with you and of you...

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