La Grande, Oregon
Doris Ross, 80, of La Grande died Nov. 18 at her home. A memorial service begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Daniels Chapel of the Valley.
Mrs. Ross was born Sept. 7, 1926, in Pasco, Wash., to William D. and Lucille C. Skeen Reinhardt. While in high school she was in a violin ensemble that won first place in the state of Washington.She graduated from Pasco High School in 1944.
The following year she married Donald C. Ross at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walla Walla, and they had two children.
She worked in banking most of her adult life. Although polio struck her at age 26, she overcame many obstacles and kept a positive attitude for the remainder of her life.
She’ll be remembered for her quick wit, kindness and love for her family, friends and the Grande Ronde Valley.
Mrs. Ross was a lifetime member of the Episcopal Church and was very active in the community, including membership in Soroptimist International. She enjoyed her church and attending concerts, plays and the symphony. She also enjoyed reading, working puzzles, swimming and playing the violin. In her later years, she learned to use the Internet and kept in touch with many out-of-town friends and family members via e-mail.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Donna L. Ross of La Grande and Daniel M. and Crystal Ross of The Dalles; step-brother, Dale Parker of King Ferry, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Toni Ross of Walla Walla, Wash.; one grandson; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Mrs. Ross was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother, Dale M. Reinhardt.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in care of Daniels Chapel of the Valley, 1502 Seventh St., La Grande 97850.
The Observer, Obituaries for the week ending Nov. 25, 2006, Published: November 25, 2006