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Maureen Ross Obituary
MONTGOMERY - Maureen A. Ross was the kind of person you loved to see coming through the door - and it wasn't just because she was bringing her delicious homemade brownies or cookies to share.

She was known for taking her baked goods to nursing homes, police and fire departments, and local establishments in Montgomery and Blue Ash.

"She just loved visiting people and offering help to people," said her sister, Eileen Ebeling of Mason. "She liked to visit people in nursing homes who had no family to come visit them. She did a lot of things for others that a lot of people, including myself, don't always take the time to do."

Miss Ross, 49, died in her home Tuesday, possibly from a fall, her sister said.

The third-oldest child of the late Ralph and Margie Ross, she grew up in Montgomery, and was graduated from Mt. Notre Dame High School in Reading.

Miss Ross started selling Avon door-to-door when she was 16. After high school, she parlayed that experience into an award-winning 30-year career as an Avon representative.

"She had a lot of customers and was very devoted to them," Ebeling said.

Her sister described her as upbeat, positive and outgoing.

"She was very giving and very friendly. She could start a conversation with anybody," Ebeling said. "She was strong-willed, very patriotic, very religious."

Miss Ross was a lifelong parishioner of All Saints Church and donated many hours to the parish festival.

She was a devoted listener to Bill Cunningham's WLW talk show, was a regular customer of his establishments and brought baked goods for the employees.

Her generosity knew no bounds.

Miss Ross sent care packages to soldiers.

After the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, she took baked goods to volunteers at Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash.

Every Christmas, she took goody bags to residents and staff at Montgomery Health Care Center. If their diet was restricted, she'd give them something else.

Miss Ross delivered baked goods daily to people cleaning up after the tornado that hit the Blue Ash and Montgomery areas in April 1999.

She'd often carry stickers in her purse and give them to children at restaurants, especially to soothe them if they were fussy.

When a Montgomery home was undergoing an extreme makeover two years ago, she baked for volunteers.

During snowstorms, she had baked goods for the late night road crews in the Montgomery area.

Miss Ross also was a great aunt, her sister said. It helped that she came to family gatherings with big M&M cookies decorated for her nieces' and nephews' birthdays. But, more important, was her gift of time.

"She loved her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed playing cards. There was always a rummy game going on. She would show them card tricks. When they were little, she'd get on the ground and crawl around with them," Ebeling said.

In addition to her sister, survivors include three brothers, Brian Ross of Montgomery, David Ross of Landen and Thomas Ross of Lebanon; another sister, Rosemary South of Mason; and an aunt, Edna Bechtold of Montgomery.

Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Saturday at Thomas-Justin Memorial Funeral Home, 7500 Montgomery Road, Kenwood. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at All Saints Church, 8939 Montgomery Road, Kenwood.

Memorials: All Saints Church, 8939 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

By Cindy Kranz • ckranz@enquirer.com
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2011
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