November 23, 1933 – May 10, 2018
Born in Greeleyville, SC
Resided in Waukee, IA
Barbara G. Ross
Sam, Mary and their families would like to thank everyone for being here to celebrate the life of their mother, Barbara Ross.Barb was a very special mom, grandmother, sister and friend! She loved Jesus and lived her life to serve others and him.
Barb grew up in Greeleyville, South Carolina with her younger brother, Thomas. Greeleyville was a rural community of hardworking cotton and tobacco growers, which explains why she loved living in the country, away from commotion of the city. She was 8 years older than Tom, and took on the role as his protector, even though he would pester and play tricks on her constantly. One of his favorites was to run into the restroom in front of her, and stay in there for long periods of time, just to annoy her. After High School, Barb attended Rice Business College in Charleston and earned an Associate’s degree in stenography.
She met the love of her life, Sam Ross, while she was a secretary at Charleston Air Force base, and he was an airman. The two were married in North Charleston in 1954 in the Methodist church. Sam and Barb continued to include Barb’s brother Tom in their lives…they took him to drive-in movies, the beach and supported his basketball career at College of Charleston.
In 1956, they moved to Maryland, where Sam worked at Andrews Air Force base. Barbara gave birth to their son, Sammy Jones III. After several years of unsuccessful pregnancies, they adopted Mary Macauley in 1965 in Washington DC…and jokingly, Mary considers herself to be one of the Kennedy’s.
After Sam was honorably discharged from the military, they ventured to West Lafayette, Indiana, where Sam received his PHD in Agronomy at Purdue. Barb’s mother, Mary Macauley, came to live with them, so Barbara could care for her during a battle with cancer. They were very active in the church of Christ and loved their close knit neighborhood of young families with tons of kids. It was here that they adopted their third child, Thelma Ione.
In 1975, they journeyed to Nebraska, where they chose to settle on 10 acres outside of Lincoln. Barb stayed home to raise their 3 children and Sam worked for the United States Department of Agriculture. She sewed, baked and was a talented artist, which were gifts she passed on to her children. They bought a couple of horses named Hokey and Samantha and enjoyed living life in the country. After the kids were able to be relatively self- sufficient, Barb went to work for the Department of Immigration in the same building as Sam, so the two of them were able to drive to and from work together every day. This was a huge blessing since Barb didn’t know how to drive a stick shift, and those of you that know the Ross family, know…that manual transmission Volkswagons were the only vehicles they drove.
Sam and Barb were instrumental in the Bus Ministry here at the church of Christ. Barb spent countless hours creating song posters and story boards for the Sunday morning bus rides around Lincoln to pick up kids to bring to church. She also created the Bible Challenger program for the youth group to encourage them learn the Bible instead of just memorizing versus. She helped with the Puppet Ministry and was very involved in Ladies Bible Class. She and Sam hosted countless bonfires, hayrack rides, youth group outings, and school groups at their home in the country.
In August 1985, Sam passed away from a heart attack at the young age of 55. Barb had lost her life companion, but knew that one day she would see him again. Barb loved living on their acreage, waking up each morning and swinging on her swing drinking coffee, so she chose to stay where her heart was. She continued to work for the Department of Immigration and even traveled to San Jose to help out the office there for several months. This is where she found her love of travel. She was fortunate enough to visit Hawaii several times, the Holy Land, Las Vegas, Alaska, New York and a few other places. She retired from the Immigration office in 1999.
Retirement included many outings with the ladies from church and spending time relaxing and “piddling” around the house. She also adored spending time with her grandchildren, Brandon, Alyssa, Makayla, Brianna, Samantha, Alex and Danielle. In 2013, Barb was diagnosed with Alzheimers/Dementia and moved to Lincoln, as she was unable to drive. In March 2014, Barb moved to Waukee, Iowa to be closer to her daughter, Mary. She made many friends in her Assisted Living facility and enjoyed giving the staff a hard time. Her daughter, Mary was with her last Thursday, holding her hand as she went to meet Jesus and reunite with her beloved Sam.
Memorial Service: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday (5-15-18) Lincoln Church of Christ,
56th & Vine Street.
Memorials to: Nebraska Youth Camp
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