Helen Ross, 80, of Bonanza, a former Baker City resident, died June 27, 2006, at her home of complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Davenport Chapel in Klamath Falls. Burial will be at the Silver Lake Cemetery.
Helen was born on Feb. 23, 1926, at Lodi, Calif., to William and Phebe Hobday of Galt, Calif. She graduated from Galt High School in 1944, taught school for six years, and married Gerald Ross of Elk Grove, Calif., in 1948.
While raising her family, she also drove school bus. In 1967, the family moved to Baker City. After 17 years they moved to Silver Lake before retiring in Bonanza.
Helen, a devout Christian, was a member of the Klamath Falls Missionary Baptist Church. Her faith in God was manifested through her loving heart; she was known for her humble spirit and giving nature. A lifelong artist, Helen painted the baptismal for the church several years ago.
Besides painting, Helen also enjoyed playing the piano and was an accomplished vocalist as well. She took great pride in her family and loved the ranch life, especially horseback riding.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Don; and her daughter, DeAnna.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald; a brother, Harold Hobday of Galt, Calif.; sons, Charles Ross of Baker City, Daryl Ross of Burns, and Ernie Ross of Goldendale, Wash.; daughters, Karen Ross Bossert of Bonanza and Jane Ross Fallon of Milford, N.H.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, June 30, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor