Ruth Evelyn (McDonald) Ross


Born in Pasco, WA on March 28, 1920, daughter to the late Daniel and Carrie McDonald.

Ruth grew up in Spokane with her Mother, Father who died when she was sixteen, and her older sister, Bernice.

Ruth graduated from High School early while working at a photography studio, then attended Secretarial School in Spokane, WA, and graduated in February, 1941. Ruth was offered a job in Washington, DC and moved there on her own. It was during the great depression, jobs were scarce, and she needed to help out her Mother.

She worked as a Secretary for the government during World War II, handling classified information and documents, and later was asked to transfer to Brazil with her boss, as he had been named the Ambassador to Brazil. However, Ruth then met her future husband, George Stewart Ross (Scotty) while on vacation visiting her mother and sister back in Spokane in 1945. They met at a dance when he said “Hey Shorty, wanna dance?” They were married six weeks later on October 28, 1945, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and then moved to his home town in South Carolina, following his discharge from the Air Force, where they had three children, George Stewart Ross, Jr., Daniel Scott Ross, and Yvonne Carol Ross A few years later they moved back to Washington and settled in Redmond where they had their 4th child, Robert Steven Ross. Ruth’s oldest son passed away at the age of 27. Ruth’s surviving children have many fond childhood memories from growing up in the Redmond Valley.

Ruth’s Mother later began studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ruth joined her and was baptized on December 30, 1961. She devoted the remainder of her life to Jehovah and following her retirement from Northern Life Insurance Co. in Seattle, became a full-time Pioneer for many years. Even after her health made it impossible to continue in the door to door ministry, she remained strong in her faith and never lost site of Jehovah’s promises and the work that was still to be done. Ruth also grew up with a love for music, played piano and enjoyed playing her violin with her many friends in the Orchestra at assemblies.

Ruth was an amazingly strong, giving, and loving person. She will be deeply missed every day by her family and many close friends. She is survived by her son Daniel Ross and his wife Laurel of Vernon, B.C., daughter Yvonne Mueller and her husband Robert of Snohomish, and son Robert Ross of Woodinville. Ruth is also survived by eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; Lisa Ogier (son, Ashton) and Shannon Ogier (sons Gavin and Shawn) of Kirkland, Sarah Argue (Ross) and husband Steven (son Noah, and daughter Nyla) of Regina, Canada, Christopher Ross and his wife Ginger (sons Gavin and Ethan) of Hollister, CA, Abigail Chill (Ross) and husband Donald (sons Corbin and Austin) of Battle Ground, WA, Jazon Ross (son Wesley) of Snohomish, Elliot Ross of Battle Ground, WA, and Lauren Ross of Woodinville; two step-grandchildren, Rashal Mueller and Melissa Lundberg (Mueller), her husband Nathan, daughter Gracie, and son’s Christian and Conner of Marysville, WA, and nieces Karen Lundgren and Linda Carroll (Lundgren), and nephew, John Lundgren Jr. of Bellingham, WA.

Ruth passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at her Daughter and Son-in-law’s home in Snohomish, WA. She will be deeply and forever missed. Ruth was 91 years old. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 9, 2011 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 2210 Bostian Rd, Woodinville, WA at 7:00 PM.

Ruth Evelyn Ross

Born Passed Away

Sunday, March 28, 1920 Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pasco, WA Snohomish, WA

91 years of age

Memorial Service

Friday, September 9th, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

2210 Bostian Rd, Woodinville, WA

Service will conclude at the Kingdom Hall

3 Responses to “Ruth Evelyn (McDonald) Ross”

  • Chris and Susan Cook says:

    It was a privilege to know Sister Ross. We look forward to seeing her again in the paradise. The service on Friday was beautiful and encouraging.

  • Shannon Aries says:

    I’ve known Sister Ross for a long time since the Rose Hill congregation, and she was a delight to be around. She had a great sense of humor, was wonders at the door out in service. She will be missed, but I look forward to seeing her in the paradise.

  • Hank and Bonnie Aries says:

    Our dear Sister Ruth was such an encouraging Sister to be with, and her joy in telling the Word of God to others was contagious. How wonderful it is to have the opportunity to see her again in the paradise.

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