Sally A. Ross

Sally A. Ross
Sept. 10, 1940-Oct. 16, 2012

Sally was born in Everett, and died here after a brief illness. She was the daughter of Clay and Mary McGrath, who owned and operated McGrath Stationery on Colby Avenue in the 1940's and 1950's.
She graduated from Everett High School in 1958, from Everett Community College in 1960 and then attended the University of Washington. While attending ECC she worked evenings there as a switchboard operator.
In 1961 she married John Ross, who had been her childhood "boy next door". They were married for 51 years and had one son, Stephen who died in 1984.
Sally was very organized, just like her mother, but was a full time homemaker. She always kept her hungry husband happy with menus that were varied, nutritious, and delicious.
She also loved to develop home improvement and landscaping ideas. One Japanese gardening principal she employed was to create interest and surprise views in our yard by dividing it into smaller areas so that the whole could not be viewed at once. To that end, we created a large structure inspired by a Japanese torii, which in Japan is often a gateway to a shrine.
Sally was well known to several friendly employees at the Marysville Fred Meyer store. Every Tuesday morning she was that very nicely turned out smiling lady seen zipping through the store on her red mobility scooter, with John following behind loading her grocery choices into a cart.
While enjoying their lives together, Sally and John have been very private, and he apologizes to friends and to his former co-workers for not having kept in touch.
Sally leaves her husband, John; their special kitty, Fluffy; and close friends, Arlene Adams, Ann Hay, Kathy Erickson, and Jeff and Holly Smith.
A celebration of Sally's life will be held later, but for now a memorial donation to www.purrfectpals.org or to www.olddoghaven.org would be most kindly appreciated.

Published in The Herald (Everett) from Oct. 18 to Oct. 22, 2012