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Sarah Cross

November 22, 1962 — December 14, 2021

Hilliard, Ohio

Sarah Alice Cross, 59, of Hilliard, Ohio, died unexpectedly at her home on December 14, 2021. She was born in Athens, Ohio on November 22, 1962, to the late Phyllis LaVelle Cross and Roy J. Cross. She was a 1980 graduate of Athens High School and a 1982 graduate of Hocking College , with an associate degree in Police Science. She began her law enforcement career in Grandview Heights, Ohio and was hired by the City of Columbus Division of Police in 1988, serving until her retirement in 2019. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, The Emerald Society of Columbus, where she was twice selected Member of the Year, served two terms as President, and at the time of her death, was Immediate Past President. She was also a member of The Shamrock Club of Columbus and a member of the NRA. She was a faithful volunteer of 10 years with Honor Flight Columbus and a volunteer with Wreaths Across America. She had many interests including military history, particularly WWII, genealogy, Irish culture and history, and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Joann Hunter Cross. She is survived by her siblings, Mary ( David) McFarland of Lake Charles, LA; Laura ( Keith ) Chapman of Athens, Ohio; and Thomas ( Susan ) Cross of Columbus, Ohio; two stepsisters, Teri ( Gary ) Canter and Tina ( Tom ) Brenner of Wellston; a niece and nephew, Julia ( Tim Carroll ) Chapman of Philadelphia, PA and Douglas Chapman of Sacramento, CA; three step nephews and two step nieces; many relatives and friends including her special friends and fellow officers, Anne Novotny, David Iarussi, and Kathy Wiseman. A private graveside service is planned by the family. Donations in Sarah's memory may be made to or Arrangements are by the Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens, Ohio. Please share a memory, a note of condolence, or sign the online register at

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