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Harriet Kimball Ross

1917 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Harriet Kimball Ross Obituary
ROSS Harriet Kimball Ross, 96, of Jacksonville, FL, passed away Saturday, March 1st at St. Vincent s Hospital after fighting to overcome a recent illness. She was born in Odell, Illinois, on July 9, 1917, to Jesse and Vernia Kimball. She graduated from Colfax High School, in Colfax, Illinois, and earned a Bachelor and Master s degree in English from the University of Illinois. Harriet married William Mellroy Ross on June 19, 1942, who was then a Lieutenant in U.S. Navy and was preceded in death by her husband, Mel, her older brother, Roland Kimball, and her younger sister, LaVersa Malone. She is survived by her older sister, Arlene Kincaid; both her sons, Kimball Kent Ross (Leane) and Brent Dwane Ross (Caroline); grandchildren, Blayne K. Ross, Trevor K. Ross (Heather), Blair Ross Kernan (Chris), Katie Ross Mershon (Rick) and Britton Ross; and great-grandchildren, Samantha Kernan, and Lilly and Kelly Mershon. Harriet blended her love of children, learning and entrepreneurial spirit first as a history teacher at Lee High School and later as the founder of the Ortega Kindergarten. She often said, I learned that everything begins in pre-school. She wanted to start with the youngest children because she believed a child s attitude and aptitude toward learning is shaped before elementary school; and desired to play a part in starting children on the right course in life by instilling in them the desire to learn and excel in all of life s challenges. Her close association with her students and their parents over the years allowed her to quietly celebrate her students many successes. She was also an active member of her community. Harriet and her husband, Mel, founded the Club 60 Dance Club and she was an avid golfer, who could be regularly seen walking on the golf course at Timuquana Country Club and the streets of Ortega. Harriet enjoyed regularly attending church services at Ortega United Methodist Church with family members. In her spare time, she enjoyed writing and reading poetry and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She often joined her husband in the yard tending to their rose garden and coordinating Mel s to-do list for home improvements. Harriet was also dedicated to her clipping service where she provided a regular stream of articles relevant to her loved ones interests in order to enrich their lives. Her wisdom, sharp mind, integrity, spirit, grace, style, talents and enthusiasm for life will be celebrated at the Ortega United Methodist Church, 4807 Roosevelt Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32210 at 11:00 a.m. on March 28, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ortega United Methodist Church. As she loved poetry, we dedicate this in her remembrance: Is it not a beautiful fancy? This sunset thought of mine: That the gates of Heaven are always Open at the day s decline; That those whose day is ended Of earthly woes and ills; Have passed to the morning s brightness That shines on the heavenly hills. -Earl Hawkin s family 1939
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Mar. 23, 2014
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