Patricia Grace Ross
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It is with deep sadness, the daughters of Patricia Grace Randall Ross, announce her death on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
Patt was born in Port Huron, in 1924 to Lt. Colonel James R. Randall, Army National Guard, and Grace E. Randall. She enjoyed an idyllic childhood at the lake, graduating from Port Huron High School in 1942. Patt was a member of the LRT Sorority. She attended DePauw University and the University of Michigan, graduating in 1946. She was a member of the Tri-Delta Sorority, and eventually a member of the Delta Delta Delta Golden Circle.
Patt married Colonel George L. Ross (USAF) a WWII P-38 pilot in 1946 and her life became one of s joyous adventure. For 30 years, she was an Air Force wife, first living in Bolivia, Japan, numerous assignments throughout the United States, and Paris, France, as well. Her time was spent working with the Officers Wife Club, volunteering at the American Cathedral in Paris, taking part in Franco-American affairs and travel. She was active in the American Red Cross for over 30 years.
After retiring from the Air Force, Patt and George moved to Wiesbaden, Germany, working in continuing education for the U.S. military. The family remained in Wiesbaden for over 20 years. Patt was active once again, in the Red Cross, the International Club, the German-American Club, and the Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury, where she led their Altar Guild. Her travels throughout Europe never ceased, whether for new adventures or on behalf of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.
Finally, Patt and George, retired once again, and returned to her childhood beach home, in Port Huron. She was a member of the Port Huron Golf Club and was able to enjoy golfing with the ladies, 9-holers until the age of 87. She continued to enjoy bridge and traveling. Reunions with the 1st Fighter Group Association were a high point. She was a member of the Dinner-Dance club and the Garden Club. She never gave up her enthusiasm for University of Michigan football games, it was always in her life. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, and remained a member of the Altar Guild.
Her life was devoted to her family; and she lived a wonderful life of kindness, honor and compassion. She will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched around the world, but most especially by her daughters.
Patricia is survived by her daughters, Pamela Elizabeth Ross of Port Huron, and Patty Ross-Baldwin, of Boulder, Colorado. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, Marcia Randall-Franz of Marquette, Jamie Randall of Marquette and Ted Randall of Canton, Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her brother, James M. Randall; and her parents, Grace and James R. Randall.
A memorial service will be held in the spring. Donations may be made to the
Arrangements by Smith Family Funeral Home-North, 1525 Hancock St., Port Huron.
Smith Family Funeral Home (North)
1525 Hancock St. Port Huron, MI 48060
Published in The Times Herald from Jan. 7 to Jan. 12, 2014