Anne Kathryne Ross
Bremerton - Anne Kathryne Ross died peacefully in hospice care in Tacoma on December 26, 2020. She was born in 1947 in Willmar, Minnesota, and lived most her life in East Bremerton. When Anne was little she returned home from first grade, taught her sister to read and began lending her books—a sign of her future career. She attended East High School and Western Washington State College in Bellingham. She trained to be a librarian at Highline Community College and began working at Kitsap Regional Library in 1971. She returned to earn her Master of Librarianship in 1976 from the University of Washington and became Technical Services Manager at the Kitsap library. She retired in 2013 after more than forty years with KRL, having become a self-taught expert in installing library computer systems over the years when those transformed libraries.
Anne's nephew writes that she "was extraordinarily generous and a wonderful host," and that she "read a book or two every day, sometimes three books. Many of my favorite books were recommended or given by her." In recent years her tastes were immersed in steampunk. A niece adds that Anne "was the historian extraordinaire for our family," and thanks her "for keeping the memories back and back for generations of our family alive, and for all of the kindness and support you showed us throughout your life." Her brother-in-law says she was a close friend for 57 years, since high school, starting with her family's road trips to see relatives in Minnesota. The KRL director writes that "Anne led her department with a big heart and appreciated her employees with empathy and kindness" and more recently helped the Puget Sound Genealogical Society to merge their collection into the library's.
Anne was preceded in death by her father, John R. Ross; her mother, Alice C. (Sevick) Ross; and her sister, Jeannine R. (Ross) Boyer. She is survived by her brother-in-law, David L. Boyer (Minnesota); a nephew, John R. Boyer (Wisconsin) and his family; nieces Kathryne M. Richards (Minnesota) and Emily R. Benedict (Oregon); as well as cousins in Minnesota, California and Norway. Anne kept touch with everyone and always opened her home.
Anne's ashes will join her parents at Forest Lawn Cemetery with the help of Lewis Chapel, in the presence of close friends and family, who also plan a Zoom memorial to swap memories. Following her wishes, we suggest memorials to the Salvation Army of Kitsap County.
Published in Kitsap Sun from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2021.