Marilyn Lea Ross, 71, of O’Neill passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in o'Neill surrounded by all of her family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father John Bohn officiating. Visitation with the family present will be from 4-8 P.M. and a Rosary held a 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at Biglin’s Mortuary. Burial will be at the O’Neill Cemetery.
Marilyn was born July 29, 1943 in O’Neill the daughter of Raymond and Ethel (Taylor) Siders. She grew up near Opportunity in northeast Holt County, where she attended a one room schoolhouse. Marilyn graduated from Inman High School in 1961. She then attended a secretarial college in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Marilyn married her childhood sweetheart Ronald Ross on May 26, 1962 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. To this union, four children were born: Sheryl, Ronald (Joe), Elizabeth, and Michael. The couple moved to California for four years while Ron was stationed in the Navy. After returning to O’Neill, Marilyn worked as a secretary for the Chamber of Commerce before starting her own doll repair business. She was world renowned for her artistic abilities and repair skills. Marilyn also created a jewelry business, where she would buy, sale, and trade many unique pieces. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and St. Patrick's Altar Society. Marilyn enjoyed sewing, crafts, and music but her greatest love was spending time with her family and planning holiday get-togethers and parties.
Those left behind to cherish her memory include her husband Ron; Children: Sheri (Brian) Reynoldson of Sioux Falls, Joe (Brooke) Ross, Beth (Max) McClain, and Mike (Shelly) Ross all of O’Neill; thirteen grandchildren: Jenni (Josh) Harry, Katie Wimmer, Brock Reynoldson, Dustin Ross, Ashley Reynoldson, Kelci Ross, Stephanie Ross, Caleb Ross, Roni Ross, Shane Campbell, Taylor Ross, Xavier Moore, and Matt Ross; great granddaughter Gemma Harry; sister Lois Juracek of Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters.
Memorials may be given to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Marilyn’s memory.