Betty Joan Ross, 89, of Winfield, died Thursday, Feb, 13, 2020, at South Central Kansas Medical Center of Arkansas City.
Funeral services are at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the First United Methodist Church of Winfield. Burial will follow in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, north of Arkansas City.
The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory of Arkansas City and from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Memorials have been established with Queen City Chapter 138 Order of Eastern Star of Winfield or the Winfield Chapter of Relay For Life. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.
Betty was born Aug. 27, 1930, on a farm near Dexter, the only child of Joseph and Blanche (Simpson) Thomas. She was reared and educated in the Winfield area, attending Cameron, Tisdale, Floral and Lowell country schools before graduating from Winfield High School in 1948.
Betty married Basil E. “Barney” Ross on Dec. 19, 1948, at the First United Methodist Church of Winfield. The couple moved to several states throughout Barney’s military service, including California, Washington, New Mexico, Maryland and Texas, as well as Puerto Rico. Betty returned to Winfield during the times when Barney was stationed in Germany, Korea or Vietnam. The family returned to Winfield for good in 1967.
Betty found work with a couple of private accounting firms or government offices when moving with Barney from base to base until the birth of their first child in 1957, when she became a full-time mom.
Betty was a 45-year member of the Queen City Chapter 138, Order of Eastern Star. She held an office every year since 1978 until her health declined last year, serving as Worthy Matron twice. She served as Grand Esther in 2006-07, with her daughter as her escort, then as her daughter’s escort (Grand Marshal) in 2012-13.
She attended the Church of Christ Scientist of Winfield and later the First Church of Christ Scientist of Arkansas City. She later rejoined the First United Methodist Church of Winfield, Kum-N-E-Wa Sunday school class, and various women’s Bible study groups. Betty loved to travel and spend time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Barney, in 1998.
Survivors include her children, Thomas Wayne and wife, Rhonda Ross, of Oxford, David Michael and wife, Karen Ross, of Wamego, and Kathleen Valerie and husband, Robert Ferris, of Arkansas City; grandchildren, Stephanie and husband, Paul Carman, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Jennifer and husband, Travis Delaney, of Ponca City, Okla., Bradley and wife, Abby Ross, of Wamego, Michelle and husband, Dennis McCullough, of Winfield, Abbey Ferris, of Arkansas City, Brett Ross, of Oxford, Ross Ferris, of Garland, Texas, Jasmine and husband, Chris Maybrier, of Winfield, and Becky and husband, Shaun Mars, of Winfield; great-grandchildren, Aiden Carman, Emma, and Tatum Delaney, Lucy Ross, Isaiah, and KyLeigh McCullough, Hayley, Grant, and Levi Maybrier, Seth and Lyla Mars, and one more great-grandson on the way.