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Marian Ross

Marian Power Ross died on Monday, July 8, at the Rivercrest Nursing Home in Concord, where she moved four months ago from the Inn at Robbins Brook in Acton. She had recently celebrated her hundredth birthday. Marian was born in Woodstock, Georgia on March 29, 1913, in the home her family had built. She was the daughter of Walter Dean Power and Nellie Dobbs Power. Marian grew up in Woodstock and graduated from Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, Georgia, in 1933. After graduation she taught high school English in Atlanta. In 1941, she married John William Ross of Fairmont, West Virginia. They were married for 65 years, until his death in 2006. They had one daughter, Virginia Ross Taylor, of Acton. Before moving to Acton ten years ago to be close to their daughter and her family, the Rosses spent their married life in Atlanta; Moorestown, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Marietta, Georgia. In addition to her daughter, Marian is survived by her son-in-law William Taylor and her granddaughters Anna and Catherine Taylor. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Richard Johnston (Brenda Toan), nieces Ann Johnston Scott (Carl M Scott III) and Susan Power Johnston (Glen Oxton), nephews Richard Johnston Jr (Susan Schneider Johnston), and Thomas Johnston (Susan Sadlowski Johnston). Also surviving are four great-nieces and five great-nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, her brother Walter Dean Power, Jr., and her sister Jeanne Power Johnston. Marian had a curious mind, always stopping to read every historical marker on any road trip. She was an avid bridge player and had a lifelong commitment to education and a fascination with the printed word. During the past decade she could often be found in the Robbins Brook library reading the dictionary. She was a Southern lady in the finest sense: generous, thoughtful, and always eager to host family and friends. Because of her natural flawless skin people were always surprised by her age. To the end she maintained her gracious, appreciative manner and her sense of humor. After a memorial service in Georgia on August 6, Marian's ashes will be buried beside those of her husband in the family cemetery in Woodstock, Georgia, the place of her deepest roots. Arrangements have been taken care of by Acton Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send a contribution to the Georgia College and State University Scholarship Fund in memory of Marian Power Ross (GSCU Foundation, Campus Box 96, Milledgeville, GA 31061). By those of us fortunate enough to have known her, Marian Power Ross will be greatly missed.

Published in The Boxborough Beacon from July 13 to July 20, 2013.
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