Hundreds of people packed St. Philip Church in Richmond yesterday to remember a young woman whose friends and family remembered as a loyal friend with a great sense of humour and a bright future.

Nicknamed Kissy Face by her family, Kristen Cross had just celebrated her 19th birthday the day before she drowned in the choppy waters of Dalhousie Lake last Wednesday.

Mourners overflowed the church, spilling out into a side hallway and out onto the front lawn.
A white urn next to Cross’s photograph, stood at the front.

One of her four siblings, Damian, read a poem about sisters, and added that he believed that she would always be watching over them.

Cross’s mother, Cheryl, also read a poem, adding, “We love you, Kristen.”

Cross was remembered as a responsible young woman with a plan for the future.

She was about to begin her second year at Carleton University, where she studied psychology and business, while working on an idea for a wedding and event-planning business along with her sister — and dreamed of owning a resort in Barbados.

“In her yearbook, the theme was believe, discover, achieve, reflect, listen, respond, play, complete ... and serve, all with love and with dignity,” said Father Giles Joly.

“And that, Kristen did.”