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Barbara Jean Ross of Grand Rapids Michigan passed away at home on June 8, 2022. Her

medical care was being managed by an incredibly dedicated and compassionate team from

Spectrum Health Hospice. Barbara was born on July 30, 1941. The daughter of Dick and Marie

Devereaux, she lived most of her early years in St. Johns, MI before marrying Dennis Ross and

moving to Ontonagon in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Though she was hundreds of miles

and a world away from everything she had known, she quickly began to forge lifelong

friendships, as was her way. In the ‘70s, the family moved to Kingsford, MI, where she realized

an important goal of hers, earning a high school diploma. In the mid-1980s, Barb, her husband,

and her youngest son moved to Jackson Michigan.


Barb had a rich and varied work life. Among those that were most rewarding to her were her

work in bookkeeping at Ace Hardware in Kingsford and her involvement in supervisory roles

with Kelly Fuels of Jackson. For her, it was the people that she enjoyed the most and believed

enriched her life. Not surprisingly, she continued to volunteer her time and talents long after

retirement, first at the Michigan Theatre in Jackson and, second, serving as a docent at Meijer

Gardens in Grand Rapids. Barbara always had a very generous, accepting, and giving nature,

making her a favorite of her grandchildren. Family and friends were very important to her.


Barbara lived with her son Craig Ross. He and his brothers, Jeff and John Ross, combined

efforts to allow her to stay at home when her health began to fail. She is survived by her sons

Jeff (Dana), John (Shelie), and Craig Ross; foster daughter Brenda Richardson; grandchildren

Shannon Bales, Morgan (Chris) Hall, Zach (Marissa) Ross, Erika Ross, Rebecca (Sarene)

Felton, Jonathan Ross, and Rachel Ross; great grandchildren Jonah and Jude Hall.


A graveside memorial service will be held for Barbara at Mt. Rest, 600 N Bus 127, St Johns at

11:00 AM on July 9, 2022. A funeral luncheon will be held shortly after at Main Street Cafe, 205 N.

Clinton Street , St. Johns at 12:00 PM. Memorial Contributions in Barb’s honor are suggested to

Frederik Meijer Gardens or Spectrum Health Hospice of Grand Rapids.


To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Barbara’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006.


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  1. Gary. Hagberg on June 13, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    I’m am so very sorry. She was a great lady she treated me like family when we were growing up. I remember her telling me and others to go krunk up a tree. I’m not sure what that meant but I bet only those she loved heard it. Gif bless all of you. And again I’m sorry

  2. Georeg W Walton on June 14, 2022 at 8:30 am

    So sorry to hear of Barb’s passing. Your family is in my prayers.She was always one of my favorite cousins.

  3. Jackie Jonkman Del Raso on June 23, 2022 at 11:13 am

    Barb was a dedicated volunteer team member who strived for life long learning. We will miss her ever gracious and kind demeanor as a Monday docent at Meijer Gardens.

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