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Kari Cross

Kari J. Cross (Hilt)

March 19, 1979 - February 16, 2019
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SEARSPORT – Kari J. Cross (Hilt), 39, left this world far too soon due to natural causes, Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.

Born March 19, 1979 in Rockport, Kari was loved by two sets of parents, Douglas Hilt and his wife Joni and Patricia Collamore McGray and her husband Kenneth McGray. Educated locally, she was a 1997 graduate of Georges Valley High School. While in high school she excelled in several sports, including basketball and especially softball.

Following high school, Kari began taking classes at Maine Photographic Workshop. Like most things in her life, she put her heart and soul into her photography. She had a passion for making people smile, and capturing those smiles and lives from behind her camera lens. Her work as ‘Kari J. Cross Photography’ touched the lives of many local families.

In 2006 Kari married Josh Cross and together they welcomed their daughter Ariana into the world. Kari loved nothing more than being a mom. Her daughter was her number one priority in life. She spent countless hours volunteering in Ariana’s classroom, organizing fundraisers, and supporting and coaching local youth sports teams. If there was a kid’s program to be helped out, Kari was right there on the front line.

She was an animal lover, and she and Ariana enjoyed several pets over the years, especially her ‘Bob Dog’, their spunky cat ‘Scottie’ and even a hamster named Rhino.

Kari was also a talented baker and was always making cookies to give away as gifts. She even became the family ‘go-to’ for peanut butter balls, a skill she learned from her big sister.

Kari was a giver, constantly supporting others and never asking anything in return for herself. She had a smile that could light up a room and a personality that touched each and every person she came in contact with. Even if you only met her briefly, you were deeply affected. She made friends everywhere she went, and those lucky enough to be considered her ‘peeps’ will forever cherish their memories.

Kari’s passing leaves a hole in the hearts of all who loved her, and life will never be the same without her.

Kari leaves behind her parents, Douglas and Joni Hilt of Thomason, Patricia and Kenneth McGray of Belmont; her daughter Ariana Cross of Searsport and Ariana’s dad Josh; her siblings, Dawn Burns, Kelly Feltis, Dean Feltis, all of Waldoboro, Danny Sabien of South Carolina, Danielle Hilt of Tampa, FL, Dustin Hilt and his wife Bailey Woodhull of Medford, MA, Rusty Wellington of Warren; many nieces and nephews; and too many friends to count.

A celebration of Kari’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. The Reverend Wayne Sawyer will officiate. Private interment will be held at a later date.
Although flowers will be gratefully accepted, those who wish may make donations to Ariana’s college fund at: https://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-kari-cross-hilt
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  • Service

    Saturday February 23, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm
    Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home
    110 Limerock Street
    Rockland, Maine 04841
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Reception

    Saturday February 23, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday February 23, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    104 Limerock Reception Center
    104 Limerock Street
    Rockland, ME 04841
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In honor of Kari's giving nature, please bring a favorite dish to share.


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Glenn Lacoste an family

Posted at 11:02am
Our deepest condolences to the family. Your heart an prayers are with us. Will be sadly missed.... The lacoste family

Christopher Alcott

Posted at 01:49am
When I transferred to Thomaston Schools from Jefferson I only knew one person. Kari was always extremely nice to me and made me feel welcome on the very first day. Incredibly kind and caring, always helping out others, I am very sad to hear of her passing.

Marion Seidner

Posted at 08:44pm
So sorry to hear about Kari Jo. My thoughts are with the family.

Cj Virgie

Posted at 11:38am
An amazing young lady taken too soon.
My condolences to her family.

Cj Virgie

Your friends at HBS Online

Posted at 03:50pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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