GREAT FALLS - Evelyn Williford Ross of Great Falls, Virginia, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2014 at the Reston Hospital in Reston, Virginia following multiple complications. She was 85 years old. Evelyn was born February 6, 1929 in Windsor, North Carolina, a daughter of Burton and Blanch Williford. She grew up in Newport News and graduated from Newport News High School in 1949. Evelyn married Joseph Murray Ross in 1948 and soon moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she worked for Look magazine for many years before starting a career in real estate. Evelyn later moved to Great Falls, Virginia where she continued in real estate, ultimately forming her own company, Ross Realty. Evelyn is survived by her only sister, Lois Joseph and Lois's husband, Charles Joseph; her nephew, Keith Joseph and his sons, Erik and Collin Joseph; nieces, Eleen Young and husband, Bill, Rose Massino; and multiple cousins and their families. Family and friends are invited to a graveside service to be held on Friday, at 2:00 p.m. in Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, Virginia. To honor Evelyn's wishes, a celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at the home of her sister, Lois on Sunday, June 29, at noon. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to
. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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11144 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA 23601
Published in Daily Press on June 24, 2014