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ROSS, Helen Marie
Helen Marie Ross, 88, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, January 25th, at the Atherton Baptist Homes.
She is survived by children James and wife Patricia, Jeffrey and wife Gloria, Janine and husband Less, Jon, Joan and husband Kevin; grandchildren Sherry and husband Tony; Corey; Stephanie, Michael and wife Jessica, Erin, Matthew, Kristen and Jon; and great-grandchildren Nicolas, Jacob, Addison and Adam; as well as a large extended family and many friends.
Helen was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire. She attended St. Aloysius Catholic School in Nashua and went on to study at St. Vincent's
College of Nursing in Los Angeles, where she became a Registered Nurse. After nursing school, she married Bert, and together they raised their five children.
When their children were in school, Helen served in various volunteer roles at St. Anthony's School in San Gabriel. Among others, she was a Cub Scout den mother and President of the PTA.
When their children were grown, she was finally able to put her nursing education to use on something other than patching up the various cuts and scrapes that the neighborhood children brought her way. She embarked on a second career as an RN at St. Anne's Home for the Aged, in Los Angeles.
When St. Anne's Home closed in 1976, she embarked on her third career as office manager for Father Thomas Doyle at St. John of God Catholic Church in Norwalk.
Helen was preceded in death 18 months ago by her husband Bert. It has been a long 18 months for her. Now it is time for her to join Bert in the blessings of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Rosary on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 PM. Funeral on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 10 AM. Both at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1901 S. San Gabriel Blvd. San Gabriel.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Atherton Baptist Homes (
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Jan. 29, 2013
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"Thank you to the "west coast Ross family" for sharing your mom and grandma with all of us. Thanks to..."
- Amy Leng
"Dearest Aunt Helen, We love you so and are very happy you are with the love of your live, my Uncle Bert...."
"We were the best of friends although separated by 2000 miles. We will miss Helen very much as did..."
"My Aunt Helen (as well as my Uncle Bert) were two of the most gentlest,kindness pair the Lord has..."
"Best Mom one could ask for. We will all miss her. Knowing she is with Dad is a comfort."
- Jim Ross
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