Ross, Shirley R.
Endwell: Shirley R. Ross, 85, left us at Good Shepherd Village Nursing Home on February 10, 2014, to be with our Lord and her beloved son, Scott. She was born on September 27, 1928; and had no siblings. Her husband, Charles, and daughter, Sandra, who resides in Grand Prairie, TX, survive her. Shirley was the quintessential homemaker, professional secretary and manager of small businesses. Her first job, immediately out of high school, was as the secretary to the comptroller of a 5,000-person heavy-steel manufacturing company. She was secretary to vice-presidents of two insurance companies and secretary of her beloved Grace Lutheran Church for 30 years. She managed a large optometric office for several years. This photo is of her, at age 79, being honored at her retirement party from Fabulous Finds, which she managed for many years. She always amazed her helpmeet, Chuck, because of how she always "managed" to find the time to "manage" offices and "manage" businesses, but always first, came finding the time to "manage" her family and "manage" many large parties. She was never harried, in public or private times. Her husband and children were always number one. She always held down the fort while Chuck was away on his dozens of trips as an IBM employee. Only her husband of 63 years could totally appreciate, and continually be amazed, at how things "just seemed to be done" when needed. The many people, who knew Shirley in her home and work endeavors across the years, knew she loved them without qualification and, in return, they loved her. Chuck introduced himself as "Mr. Shirley Ross" because everyone knew Shirley. She was best known for the care of her family and her love of entertaining their many friends. She truly loved dinner/bridge parties and any event where she served food, which was always exquisite. She entered two Triple Cities cooking contests and won First Place each time - a full-sized stove - like she needed one. It was not unusual, after a dance party, for her to have more than 50 people back around 2 a.m. for coffee and her goodies. Chuck was always her "happy helpmeet" while she was busy making people happy. Shirley's best side - she was never too busy to help anyone in need. Her faith was strong in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and she is now at peace in His arms - forever. Everyone knew she never thought of herself in this way, but she always seemed to be "Walking The Walk He Would Have Us Walk". Charles and Sandra wish to thank all at the Good Shepherd Village Skilled Nursing Facility who, as God's hands, saw to her needs for the several years she was there. They "cared" for her, so lovingly, because they "cared". She always smiled her appreciation to them and said, "Thank You". To their great credit, she always received a smiling "You're Welcome." Shirley would be truly honored should anyone care to give to his or her favorite charity in her memory.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, 2014
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