Our shining light has burned out too soon. Hailee Marie Cross passed away unexpectedly Monday May 2nd. Although she is missed by many, we know she is happy to rejoin her grandparents, great grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.
Hailee was born December 31, 1997 in Helena, Montana. She was the middle child and only daughter of Kim and Rusty Cross. Hailee grew up in Canyon Ferry, Montana and attended Helena High School and graduated as Magna Cum Laude in the class of 2016. She then attended Montana Tech in Butte, Montana where she graduated with honors and gained her engineering degree in 2021. After graduation she took off on vacation and went to visit family, friends and see the world before she started her career. Hailee was employed by Robert Peccia and Associates until her passing.
Anyone who knew Hailee knew she loved spending time with her family, photography, drawing and loving on her teacup yorkie Mac otherwise known as “Poo.” If you were to ask her family and friends about Hailee, the first thing they’d tell you is how gorgeous she was, inside and out. Despite her flaming red locks and snake-charming eyes, Hailee was always shy and slow to enter conversations. When she did, however, she would be the first one to keep you in line and the first one to tell you she loved you. Young or old, once you drew Hailee into a conversation she knew how to make you feel special. Hailee loved with her whole heart and once you became one of her “people.” She had you for life.
Hailee is preceded in death by her grandparents Jean and Al Brown, great grandparents Jim and Cora Kelsey, Irene Rasmussen, and her aunt Sadie Rasmussen
Hailee is survived by her parents Kim and Rusty Cross, brothers Hunter and Hayden of Helena; grandparents Ed (Paula) Rasmussen of White Sulphur Springs; grandparents Dick (Linda) Cross of Clancy; grandparents Rita (Jim) Cross of Helena; aunts and uncles Kristal (Jeff) Ward of Billings; Kathie (Aaron) Helfert of Helena; Kori (Dusty) Waller of Sachse, TX; Korri (Kari) Rasmussen of Indian Valley, ID; Angie (Tom) Evans of White Sulphurs; Carl (Cindy) Cross of Harlowton; Penne (Doug) Cross of Helena; Billy (Kim) Cross of Helena; Stacy (Dan) Roope of Helena; cousins Rachel Olaf and Nicky Cross; Nicholas, Jaime and Autumn Cross; Cody, Caden and Cooper Cross and Destiny Alberts; Marcus, Justin and Trey Roope; Kolter, Klancy (Jessica), Kooper and Seth Jones.
Hailee was a friend to more than we can ever name, and you know who you are. We thank you for being such an important part of her life. We give a special thank you to Libby Ellermeyer, Tjaden Pallister, Conley Spurlock, Kila Bakke and all of her adopted family from the Glass Slipper, East Helena, Helena, and Butte communities for more reasons than we can count. Hailee loved you, and we love you too.
Read the thoughts and memories, then feel free to add your own.
Brian Ward says
So sorry for all the family. Sad news.
Randall Jensen says
What a wonderful human Hailee was, she brightened every room she walked into. I am absolutely devastated by this but I feel so blessed to have her in my life. She never failed to put a smile on my face and she will be dearly missed.
Jamie Wallace says
Hailee was an angel on Earth who was called home too early. She will always have a place in so many hearts. Her kind smile and loving heart will last forever. We love you, Hailee, and we miss you so much.
Doris & Walter Waller says
While we only met Hailee a couple of times, our sorrow at her passing is not something that I can put into words. Our prayers and love go out to her family and friends at this most painful and challenging time.
We are praying that the Holy Spirit will sustain you in the coming days. “There is no life to short that it cannot leave an lasting impression on our hearts and this world”
Kryss Kuntz says
Rusty & Kim and the family,
My heart has been heavy since hearing this news of your beautiful daughter. You all are in my thoughts and prayers! Sending big hugs with a lot of love ♥️🤟🥲
Sarah Steward says
We are so sorry to hear about Hailee. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Aprill Vickers says
Rusty, Kim, Hunter & Hayden, I am so very sorry to hear about Hailee. She was such a sweet and beautiful girl. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all!
Lexsey Carpenter says
My husband and I attended high school with Hailee! She was so kind to everyone she met. We are so sorry for your loss. You will all be in our prayers❤️
-Lexsey & Drew Carpenter
Heidi Vanduyn says
I am so sorry to hear of beautiful Hailee’s passing. My heart aches for you Kim and your family. Our daughter’s went to school together. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
david and priscilla says
Rusty, Kim and Hayden. Our thoughts are with you.
John & Pattie Gilbert says
Rusty. Kim , Hunter and Hayden. So very sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful daughter! Love and hugs to you all!
Jackie Leslie and Donna Novak says
So sorry for your Loss.We are thinking of you at this difficult time.
Dawn Apple says
So sorry for the loss of your daughter and sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
KT & Kris Bakke says
So beautifully written. We love you all and are lucky to have watched her grow and become the beautiful, talented and accomplished woman that was Hailee. So thankful to have been included in this wonderful family. We will always be here for you ALL.
Linda Rasmussen says
Kim,Rusty, I am so sorry for your loss. I am also happy that we met for lunch last summer and we got to visit with you and your daughter, so sorry we did not get more acquainted with her, she is a special memory and a special person!
Let me know how I can be of help to you in any way.
Terrianne Jacobson says
Kim, my heart is so sad for you and your family. Love to you all. Ms. Jacobson (Terrianne Claire)
Ryan Grovom says
Rusty and Kim, we are so sorry to hear about Hailee. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely,
Ryan and Jenni Grovom
Myrna Harris says
We are so very sorry Nikki and Dusty!!! Love Uncle Joe and Aunt Myrna
Mary Kay Bennett says
I didn’t know your beautiful and bright daughter, but I wanted to tell you how sorry I am.
I read her beautiful obituary. 💙
Rex Wals says
Rusty, Kim, Hunter and Hayden I am so very sorry for your loss. I have no words but please know you are and will be in my prayers.
Butch & Shelley (Novak) Parmer says
Rusty,Kim,Hunter,Hayden and all of the cross family,
Sorry for your loss our thought’s prayer,love and hugs are with all you.
Brenda Walker says
Rusty and Kim, there’s no words… you’re in my 🙏 always.
Donagene LaFromboise says
Rusty and family.. I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember you always coming in my office at work and sharing your pride in your beautiful and brilliant daughter. May she always remain a beautiful beacon of love and hope in your life. Much love and prayers for you and all of your family.
Taylor and rose berg says
ROSE BERG ,TAYLOR BERG
rusty and kim we are thinking of you both at this most difficult time .you are in our thoughts and prayers
Sharon Baker Heigh says
Our thoughts, prayers and love are with all of you!
Sharon Baker Heigh and Family
Tim & Elaine Myles says
Thinking of and praying for you all. With Sincere Sympathy.
Carolyn Truscott says
I’m so sorry for the grief and hurt you are all going through, and the hole this leaves in your lives. Please know that there are many who have walked this painful road also and we lift you up in prayer and hope.
Maura Gruber says
Kim & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. This breaks my heart for you. I’ll be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Sandy Mcduffie says
I am so sorry for your loss, words cannot begin the heal what you are going through. Just know me and Bart are here for you all. Just a phone call away.
Robert Peccia says
I am so incredibly sorry about Hailee. It’s so sad to lose someone so early in life with so much potential. Words cannot express how tragic the loss! My condolences.
Mariann Wenstrom says
Rusty, Kim and Family,
I am at a loss for words to express my deep sorrow for you all and our family. Keeping you all in prayer.
Shannon Hahn says
My heart is broken for you and the loss of your beautiful & sweet daughter. RIP Hailee…..
Kim Parvinen says
My thoughts and prayers go out to all. There are no words for such a time as this. May the Lord embrace you and help you heal. God Bless
Linda Tangen says
Tom and I are heart broken for your family. Please know you are in our hearts and prayers.