Marian D. Ross
Marian Dyer Ross, 90, of Raleigh, died peacefully Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at home, surrounded by her family.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at First Presbyterian Church, 120 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh. There will be a private interment service at Oakwood Cemetery, prior to the memorial service. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Ross home, 1130 Harvey St., Raleigh.
Marian was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Sacramento, Calif., to Charles W. and Mary L. Dyer. She graduated from Sacramento High School and Sacramento Junior College, and went to work for the Elmer Paper Co.
Marian met her future husband, William G. Ross, of Raleigh, in Sacramento during World War II, when his service in the U.S. Army brought him to California. On June 24, 1944, Marian and Bill were married at the Post Chapel in Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas, where he was stationed.
After the war, the couple moved to Marion, N.C., and started their family. In the early 1950s, Mr. Ross’ employment with Superior Stone Company (later Martin Marietta Aggregates) took the family to Raleigh, where Marian and Bill lived for the rest of their lives.
Marian was an active member of First Presbyterian Church and was recognized as an Honorary Life Member of Presbyterian Women. She was a member of the Junior League of Raleigh, served on the Rex Hospital Guild Board and was an honorary trustee of Peace College.
On June 24, 2004, the Rosses celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Marian and Bill loved, above all, spending time with their family, especially at holidays and during their annual summer beach vacations.
Marian cherished her many friendships, entertaining at home and enjoying golf and tennis as well as her book and bridge clubs. She and Bill were members of several social clubs in Raleigh and loved dancing and traveling together.
Sheis survived by her son, William G. Ross Jr. and his wife, Susan E. Gravely, of Chapel Hill; her son, Willard G. Ross and his wif Susan C. Ross, of Raleigh; her daughter, Betsy Ross Frazier and her husband, Stephen D. Frazier, of Raleigh; and four grandchildren, Amanda Ross Kepp, Rebecca Ross, Hannah Ross and Ferebee Frazier.
The Ross family is so grateful for the love and care that surrounded Marian from her many caregivers and Hospice of Wake County.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church New Building Fund, 120 W. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601; or the Ross Leadership Fund at William Peace University, 15 E. Peace St., Raleigh, NC 27604.
Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Raleigh.