Ellen A. (Hanson) Ross, 95, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009 in Medford.
She was born to Stanley and Lena Hanson a pioneering family who homesteaded on the West Side of Lakeview on May 17, 1914 in Lakeview.
She grew up on the family sheep ranch. A recipient of the Bernard Daly Education Fund, she attended OSU, and was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority of which she expressed many fond memories. After college Ellen worked for a short time at the J.C. Penney’s in Lakeview and then was employed by First National Bank. While working at First National Bank Ellen met Robert C. Ross and after a period courtship they were married on May 12, 1939 in Portland. Her husband of 50 years was a Banker with First National Bank of Oregon (now Wells Fargo Bank). While married, she and her husband moved over the years with their four children. They lived in Portland, Prineville, Klamath Falls, Albany, Medford and Eugene.
She enjoyed crafting, gardening, playing Bridge and dancing at the Elks club with her husband on a regular basis, in addition to being a converted and devout Catholic.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lena and Stanley Hanson of Lakeview; husband Robert C. Ross of Lakeview; brother John S. Hanson of Redmond.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Robert S. (Stan) and Ardy Ross of Medford, John Francis and Valerie Ross of Sherwood and Richard A. (Dick) and Ann Ross of Bend; daughter Mary Ellen Cadman of Medford; grandchildren Jeff Ross and Staley (Ross) Arnett, Debbie Ross and Heather (Ross) Eichman, Tim, Kevin and Brian Cadman, Tyra (Ross) Voll and Andrea (Ross) Gjestvang; great-grandchildren Zakiri, Jazzeel and Aliiya Ross, Matthew and Amanda Arnett, Isabella Cadman, Logan Cadman, Kody and Morgan Voll; nieces Patricia (Hanson) Bukeida, Jinnie (Ross) Welsh and Julie (Ross) Davidson; nephews Dennis Hanson, Steven Ross and Stewart Ross.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Magdalene Home or St. Vincent de Paul of Medford.