2017-09-07 / Obituaries

Norma L. Ross

A memorial service for Norma L. Ross, 85, Loveland, CO, who died Sept. 4, 2015, will be held at Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, Sept. 30 at noon. Visitation will start at 11:30 a.m. 

She was born Sept. 15, 1929, the daughter of Allen and Donna Smith, in Flint. She was the first of four children. 

She and Donald Rowe were married in 1950 and they had four children, Stephanie, Kathy, Cindy and Terry Lynn. Her husband and three of the children were lost in a house fire in 1966.

She worked as a receptionist at AC Spark Plug in Flint for several years before the family moved to Houghton Lake in 1965. After the fire, she worked at J&J Foods as a cashier for several years. In 1972, she began her career in banking at Roscommon State Bank as a teller. When she retired from banking, she helped her second husband at his men's clothing store, Jay's Men's Apparel.

She and James "Jay" Ross were married Jan. 12, 1977, at Houghton Lake. Theirs was a true love story. They were always holding hands, never wanting to be apart for any length of time, and telling each other endearments. They loved to travel, garden, spend time in their yard and feed the multitude of animals around their home at Houghton Lake. They also loved spending time with family and friends.

They remained at Houghton Lake until they moved to Colorado in 2008, because of poor health. They lived in an apartment close to Stephanie (Tim) Sherwood, Mrs. Ross' daughter.

She was loved by everyone who knew her. She had a great sense of humor, positive attitude and a love of life and was kind and friendly. She was adored by her husband, Jay, and her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents; first husband, Donald; their children, Kathy, Cindy and Terry Lynn; brother, Gary; and sister, Maxine.

Surviving Mrs. Ross are her daughter, Stephanie (Tim) Sherwood; grandson, Dustin Sherwood and his family; stepson, Jim Ross and his family; stepdaughter, Nancy Toomey and her family; and sister, Joyce Ripperda and her family.

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