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Mary Ross

Mary Bonnie Ross of Houston passed away suddenly January 17, 2013 at her home in Montrose.
She was born July 1, 1955 in Dumas, Texas and raised in Stratford, Tx. She graduated from Freeport High School and Texas State University at San Marcos. After a stint as an intern to the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC, she became a certified Legal Assistant and worked with women in half-way houses seeking to integrate into mainstream life.
She taught social studies, history and Special Education in the Houston Independent School District, most recently at the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. She was a teacher of Laughter Yoga at the Houston Main Library downtown.
In addition to teaching, she devoted decades to improving her community through citizen activism in several organizations and causes-Houston Non-Violent Action, Houston Peace and Justice Center, Green Party, animal protection, community gardens, and many others. A committed environmentalist, she did not own a car and regardless of weather, biked, walked or took the bus.
She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Lee Ross, mother, Dorothy Walker Ross and sister, Jean Anne Ross-Smith. She is survived by brother and sister-in-law Allan Ross and Sallie Charlton Ross, brother-in-law, Ned Smith, nieces Susannah Ross, Mary Ross and husband Michael Grega, and nephew Sam Ross and Monette Quitlong, great-nieces Isabelle Ross and Blythe Grega, cousins Dolly Wilson, Kay Hanggie and Douglas Walker, countless friends and two cats.
Please send any memorials in her name to: Houston SPCA, 900 Portway Drive Houston, Texas 77024. Letters of condolences may be sent to c/o Allan Ross, 811 Lovett, #25, Houston, Tx, 77006. A funeral will be held in the Spring.


Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 2, 2013
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