Gladys Ross - April 25, 2009Gladys Ross, 94, of Aurora, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Memorial Community Care.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 28 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Dr. F. Cole Fowler officiated. Burial was in the Aurora Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Aurora United Methodist Church. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Gladys Edith Ross, daughter of Henry and Katharina (Hefty) Nickolaus, was born in Stockham on Dec. 25, 1914.
She grew up on a farm near Stockham and graduated from Stockham High School in 1932.
On Jan. 24, 1935, she married Herbert E. Ross in Aurora. They had three children: Yvonne, Murray and Dennis. At the age of 44, after her family was raised, she went to work at Gerlach Cleaners and then was a dietary assistant at Memorial Hospital for 18 years. Her husband died May 24, 2002. After his death, she moved to East Park Villa and she so loved her friends, the staff and the environment there.
She was very active in the EUB Church and then the Aurora United Methodist Church. She was a longtime member of the Dorcas Circle, serving as leader for several terms. She worked on the Election Board for many years. She never missed a Stockham alumni banquet and looked forward to them each and every year. She loved gardening, playing cards and entertaining. He was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Survivors include her daughter, Yvonne (Norman) Haun of Boulder, Colo.; two sons, Murray (Dianne) Ross of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Dennis (Ann) Ross of Wichita, Kan.; seven grandchildren, Steven Haun, David Haun, Heidi Ross Barlow, Amy Ross Cussimanio, Mindy Ross Gillis, Kristy Ross Finnegan and Aaron Ross and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers, Reuben and Robert Nickolaus.