Mary Helen (Hansen) Ross passed away on October 31, 2019 at the age of 98. She was born in Mexico, Kentucky in 1921. She lived in Salem, Kentucky for over 25 years before moving to the Crittenden County Health and Rehab Center in 2014. Her brother, the Reverend Julius Hansen, was a long-time minister in many local communities.
Her lifelong passion was the tender loving care of children. She was a foster parent providing temporary care for children in need. She was a home daycare owner in Kentucky and Florida giving children a nurturing home away from home. She taught children’s Sunday School throughout her life, enjoying her classes at Unity General Baptist Church in Crayne, Kentucky.
She travelled between Washington, Florida, Kentucky and all states in between, many times travelling by bus to better see the scenery. Her two trips to Jerusalem were a highlight of her life and strengthened her Christian Faith.
She is survived by her children, Voyce Ann Hanson, Washington state, Timothy Joseph Ross (Tammy), and Tyler Dean Ross, Florida; Grandchildren, David J. Hanson (Kelly), Timothy Joseph Ross, Jr., and Kyndal Ryan Ross; and Great Grandchildren, Sam, Charlie, Elizabeth and Ben Hanson.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Loyd Lee Ross; son, Kevin Lee Ross; Grandsons, Derek James Hanson and Jacob Nathaniel Ross.
Mary Helen was loved by all who knew her. We were awed by her compassion, strength and dedication to children and her Christian Faith. She will be forever missed.
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