On February 4, 2020 our beautiful mother, Mary Isabell Ross, passed after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Mary was born in Southern California in 1930 to Robert and Mary Merrill. She had 7 brothers and 1 sister. The Merrill’s moved to Gaston, Oregon in the 40’s. Mary attended Gaston High School where she was a fabulous “yell-leader”. Mary graduated in 1950 soon after met and married Marion Lane. They had 4 daughters, twins Lori and Leslie, Jodi, and Sandra. In 1963 Marion was killed in a logging accident. Leaving Mary, a widow with 4 young girls. Mary later met and married Bob Ross, also welcoming his boys Bruce and Jeff. Shawn the youngest arrived in 1966. She loved her family. Being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother was her joy. Her Grandkids: Calvin, Travis, Ryan, Brenton, Kylee, Alexie, and great granddaughter Bailey. She also opened her heart to step granddaughters Melissa, Jessica, and Bethany.
Mary belonged to many clubs: Welcome Wagon, Lyons club, and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She did a lot of volunteering with these organizations.
She enjoyed gardening, decorating, playing cards, and gambling. Most of all she loved entertaining and was the life of the party. Always had a smile, and a kind word, and never knew a stranger.
We would like to thank the Powell Valley Assistive Living, and MCU for their love and care of our mother.
She will be missed by all. We love you Momma.
Now you can put on your dancing shoes and cut a rug!
Funeral service will be held on Saturday February 15, 2020 at 11:00am at Gresham Memorial Chapel
257 SE Roberts Ave. Gresham, Oregon, 97080
Private interment will be at Forest View Cemetery, Forest Grove Oregon.