Betty Ross

Betty Jean Ross

Saturday, January 2nd, 1926 - Wednesday, December 9th, 2020
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Betty Jean Ross, 94, of Coldwater, entered into the arms of her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 in Coldwater.

Betty was born January 2, 1926 in Canton, IL to John and Esther (Bell) Trudgen. She was a graduate of the University of Illinois and was a proud supporter of their sports programs throughout her life. Betty later moved to Saint Joseph, Michigan, where she became a devoted member of Saron Lutheran Church. She was a soup kitchen volunteer, as well as an active participant in the Bible Study Fellowship. She spent many hours volunteering for her church. Betty also enjoyed traveling and performing with her singing group, the Misfits. She was an excellent cook, a skill she enjoyed sharing with her children.

Betty will be missed by her children, Deborah Cox, David (Shelley) Ross, Barbara (Robert) Baptist, and LeeAnne (David) Nagle; eight grandchildren; Dave (Jessica) Cox and Jon Cox; Rachel Nash; Zachary Rickel and Alex Rickel; Ben Baptist; Patricia (Noah) Nagle and Tommy (Stephany) Nagle, and six great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her sister, Mary Nickerson and her parents.

Due to present circumstances, services for Betty will be postponed until the summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Saron Lutheran Church
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Sara Newland

Posted at 04:00pm
Dear Peaches, Barb, David, and Debbie,

My heart is heavy with the loss of your mother, my dear old friend. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you all will find peace and comfort in the good memories of your mom and share them with each other. Here are just a few of mine from the days we were neighbors...
I loved the way your mom walked the beach daily, scouring the shoreline, in search of Indian beads (Her collection was amazing!) and beach glass, her bronzed skin and classic, white, bucket hat identifiable from a great distance...
I loved all the time we "night owls" spent together talking, laughing, and talking some more. If the flickering light from the TV was visible from our house, I always felt welcomed...
I loved playing our favorite board game, Masterpiece, when she would tease, "You will be very pleased my dear," then smirk and smile when the painting she just sold me was a forgery...
I loved watching our moms have fun together and the way your mom made my mom her very favorite strawberry pie for her birthday...
I loved when our families vacationed together on Sanibel Island, and we women attempted to go shelling late one night at low tide, laughing and squealing at the real, and imagined, ocean creatures lurking in the shallow water, until the security guards came out with their flashlights and stern warnings, which amused us all the more...
I loved the way she was always game to take an aerobics class together at the Y, or to attempt to start "jogging" around the block with me...
And lastly, I cherish the impromptu 3+ hour lunch that we had shortly after she turned 90, when I was in St. Joe. She gave me an old photo of our moms. We laughed and reminisced over the good times our families shared over the years, and she beamed with pride in talking of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved you all. She told me that she felt like she could live to be 100, and I believed her. Nevertheless, three weeks shy of her 95th birthday is ever so impressive, just as your mom was to me... Betty will always hold a very special place in my heart.

Sending you love and XOXO...
Sara Newland


LeeAnne Nagle Posted at 01:05pm

Sara, What a beautiful tribute to Mom and all of the great times we had as kids. I remember those days like they were yesterday. Your family will always have a very special place in my heart. I know Mom thought the world of you and your family! Lots of love! LeeAnne

Janet & Bill

Posted at 11:11am
So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. Betty was very active in all areas at Saron and was always willing to help when possible. Since she moved out of the area many of her Saron friends kept in contact with her regularly. She has been missed since moving but she will not be forgotten. Janet & Bill Oleson

Ginny Antonson

Posted at 08:05am
Barb and LeeAnne,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. It is never easy to lose a loved one. May your memories ease your pain and keep her with you throughout the coming years.
Ginny Antonson

Tricia Newland Johnson

Posted at 09:16am
LeeAnne, Barb, Debbie and David—I am so very sorry to hear about your mom. Some of my happiest childhood memories are of all the laughter and love we shared on Ridgeway. One of my favorites being playing games around the table late into the night—with all of us laughing so hard, especially after your dad pounded on the floor a few times to prompt us to keep the noise down. We had such fun! Your mom was always welcoming, warm and ready to laugh and play. Thinking of all of you with love and wishes for peace.
Tricia (Newland) Johnson

LeeAnne Nagle Posted at 02:01pm

Tricia, I remember that like it happened yesterday! We were playing Masterpiece into the wee hours, and you were right, my dad was not pleased :) Thank you for the kind words--your family holds a very special place in my heart. With love, LeeAnne

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