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Geneva Ross

October 4, 1927 — February 13, 2013


Claris Geneva Ross, 85, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri met her Savior on February 13, 2013 while peacefully surrounded by her loving family after a battle with Alzheimer's. Geneva was born October 4, 1927, the third of ten children, to and Marvin Eugene and Lottie Caroline (Jackson) Garrett in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Geneva was raised in Madison County, Arkansas and told stories of living in a log cabin with a dirt floor that you could sweep like concrete. She walked several miles to attend school and sewed clothes by hand. She was taken out of school after sixth grade to help with the younger children at home. Geneva worked in a canning factory where she met Troy Clyde Ross. They were married on April 2, 1943 and nine children were born of their union. Geneva was an avid quilter, seamstress, and gardener, and loved to share her garden produce with friends and neighbors. Her favorite color was blue. She could stretch a dollar far and prepare a feast in a hurry. She had the amazing talent of sewing clothes she saw in the Sears and Roebuck catalog without using a pattern. She was known as Genny or Grandma Ross to many and famous for taking her Rice Krispy treats to gatherings.

Geneva was an active member of the Pleasant Hill First Baptist Church and served as bus captain. Springdale, Arkansas became Geneva's home after her divorce and she spent 16 years there as an employee of Best Western Hotel and attending the Elmdale Baptist Church. Upon returning to Pleasant Hill, Geneva joined the Strasburg Baptist Church. She loved to play with children in the nursery when attending church.

Geneva is survived by her nine children: Junior (and Carol) Ross, Lloyd (and Pat) Ross, Linda (and D.A.) Kramer, Bob (and Becky) Ross, Dennis (and Mary) Ross, Nancy (and Jim) Hull, all of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; Glen Ross of Farmington, Missouri; Brenda (and Preston) Sanders of Harrisonville, Missouri; Jim (and Donna) Ross of Lee's Summit, Mo.; 23 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Eutha (and Jim) Parkerson, of Farmington, Arkansas; Lucille Rhodes of Springdale, Arkansas; Preston (and Joyce) Garrett of Rogers, Arkansas; Robbie (and Van) Sullins of Greenland, Arkansas; Nadine (and Bob) Mitchell of McKinney, Texas, and Keith (and Belin) Garrett of Garden Grove, California; one sister-in-law Rachel Garrett.

Geneva was preceded in death by her parents, one granddaughter Angella Sanders; one daughter-in-law Esther Ross; two sisters Laurene Ross and Ruby Taylor; and one brother Wayne Garrett.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the funeral home. Pastor Preston Sanders of the Strasburg Baptist Church officiated. Mr. Rick Lewis sang. Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Marty Ross, Travis Ross, Tony Ross, Nick Ross, Donnie Kramer, and Jeff Hull. Honorary casket bearers were Monty Ross, Jason Hull, Kyler Robinett, David Kramer, Austin Ross, Mike Ross, and Gannon Ross.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to "Community Betterment" for children's park equipment in her memory.

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