Doris "Dot" A. (Garabedian) Ross, 73
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Doris "Dot" A. (Garabedian) Ross, 73, of Elizabeth Street, Plainville, died on Sunday, September 8, 2013 surrounded by the love of her family at the Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wrentham where she had been a resident since June 1, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Leland "Lee" F. Ross, Jr. to whom she was married on June 3, 1961.
Born in Norwood, Massachusetts on May 1, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Wilbur F. Garabedian, Sr. and Kathleen (Reardon) Garabedian. She was educated in Natick where she was a member of the 1958 graduating class of Natick High School. She later attended and graduated from the former Chandler Secretarial School in Boston.
Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Ross was employed as a medical secretary for surgeons at the former Framingham Union Hospital. She then dedicated herself to being a caring homemaker for her family. In later years, Mrs. Ross returned to the workforce and was employed as a medical secretary for surgeons at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island and for Codex, Inc. in Mansfield as a receptionist.
Prior to moving to Plainville 43 years ago she resided in North Attleboro and Providence, Rhode Island.
A 50 year member of Central Congregational Church in the Village of Attleboro Falls, Mrs. Ross was an active member of the congregation having served as annual auction volunteer for many years, volunteer for the annual apple pie sale, a volunteer with the junior and senior youth fellowships and served for decades as the annual rummage sale chairperson.
In her youth she was a member of the Rainbow Girls in Natick and served as a den leader for Pack 46 of the Plainville Cub Scouts and Weblos.
She volunteered her time at local schools and was a coordinator for the American Red Cross blood drives held locally.
Mrs. Ross served as a warden at Plainville polling locations for elections, was a volunteer with the Plainville Project Reassurance and served as an associate member of the Plainville Council on Aging.
She was a member of the North Attleboro chapter of the Iota Iota Chapter Sigma Phi Gamma sorority.
In addition to her husband, she leaves two sons: Leland "Skip" F. Ross, III and his wife, Deborah S. (Kenney) Ross of Plainville and Richard F. Ross and his wife, Patricia Ross, of Auburn, California; six grandchildren: Jami Lyne Ross of Millville; Brittney R. Pickering of Plainville; Nicholas L. Ross of Millville; Jacob Ross of Neston, United Kingdom; Olivia Caspers of Auburn, California and Seamus L. Ross of Auburn, California; two great-grandchildren: Cameron Ross of Millville and Allie Ross of Millville; a brother: Wilbur F. Garabedian, Jr. of Framingham and several extended family members and dear friends.
She was the sister of the late Joan L. Smith whom had resided in Hollliston.
ROSS -- Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visistation on Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM in the "Memorial Chapel" of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home - the national historic Colonel Obed Robinson Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Children's room available during visitation.
Those in need of a ride to visitation may simply call the funeral home directly at (508) 695-0200 to make an advance reservation for such gratis transportation.
Family and friends are respectfully inivited to attend a Funeral Service on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Central Congregational Church, 115 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro with the Rev. Carole L. Baker, Pastor, officiating.
Entombment will be conducted privately at the Mausoleum of Forest Hills Cemetery, Fitchburg.
Following church services an invitation will be extended to join the family for a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at a location to be announced.
n lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mrs. Ross' name may be made to the Memorial Gifts Fund of Central Congregational Church, PO Box 1319, Attleboro Falls, MA. 02763.
The Ross family gratefully acknowledges and extends their deepest gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Canterbury Woods, Attleboro; the staff at the Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wrentham and the staff of the Private Care Health Care Options of Community VNA, Attleboro for their special care and devotion.
For additional information or to send the family a written expression of sympathy, please visit an online guest book at www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home - the national historic Colonel Obed Robinson Home, 161 Commonwealth Avenue, Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Dyer-Lake Funeral Home and Cremation Services
161 Commonwealth Avenue N. Attleboro, MA 02763
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Sept. 11, 2013