Helen Frances (Cook)?Ross

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Helen Frances (Cook) Ross began her soulful journey home with her Savior, peacefully surrounded by her loving family and Lake Superior Hospice, on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at her daughter Kelley’s home in Marquette.

She was born on a farm in Washington County, Iowa on November 20, 1923, to her parents, Winifred F. (Herr) and Jesse W. Cook.

Helen and Floyd Dean Ross were married in Davenport, Iowa on September 22, 1945. To this union, a son and two daughters were born.

She was a hardworking individual, who tried to see the good in every situation. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, cooking, exercising, especially walking, sporting events, oil painting and a good honest day of working in the fields or gardens.

Helen had a full career all of her life and enjoyed getting to know people. Her career span involved owning her own restaurant and being proud of her home cooking style. She also was a presser for Young’s Dry Cleaning. She moved to Michigan in 1972 and made it her home.

She is survived by her two daughters, Rita of San Bernadino, Calif., and Kelley (Bill) of Marquette; three grandsons, Mason (Emily), Sammuel (Randi) and Joseph (Kaci); four great-grandsons, Brenton, Nolan, Evan, McCoy; two sisters, Loral and Freda; and a brother, Paul. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; a son, Barry; and five of her siblings.

Helen will be missed and remembered by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Helen and her husband agreed many years ago to donate their bodies to medical science and appeal for others to do so. At her request, there will be no services at this time.

Helen and her family wished to thank Pastor Steve Hulke, Lake Superior Hospice, UPCAP and her special care aides, Shaun, Sara, June, and all of her friends, big and small.

One hundred years from now

It will not matter

What kind of car I drove,

What kind of house I lived in,

How much money I had

In my bank account,

Nor what my clothes looked like.

But the world may be

A little better –

Because I was important

In the life of a child.

– Author Unknown

The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family.