Donna Marie Ross

Graveside services for Donna Marie Ross, were held August 21, 2020 with family and close friends in attendance, including many of her Scottsbluff Walmart family. Inurnment was in the Crawford City Cemetery in Crawford, NE.

Donna was born December 17, 1954 to Roy and Cora Britton in Crawford. She passed away at her home in Mitchell, NE on August 13, 2020, with family at her side, after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Donna was the youngest of four and was raised on a farm in the Bethel Community east of Crawford surrounded by many pets. She would love all animals for the rest of her life, but horses held a special place in her heart.

Donna and her older sister Jeanine spent many hours riding around their beautiful neighborhood and had good times riding with their friends and cousins.

She was a very talented pianist and was very good at playing classical music or doing an old time boogie-woogie. She and Jeanine enjoyed spending time at the piano together, playing duets and singing, and she played at many Christmas programs while growing up.

Donna attended a country school just a short distance from her home, Hardscrabble, during her elementary years and then attended Crawford High School.

In 1971, she married James Dean Ross and to this marriage a son, Tad Allen, was born. Tragically, Jim was electrocuted on a construction site near Scottsbluff, NE in 1973 when Tad was eleven months old.

Donna bought a house and remained in Scottsbluff for a number of years, then moved to Concord, Calif, and then to Iowa, close to the Mississippi River, where her brother Lloyd was living. From there, she moved to Mitchell and worked in Scottsbluff as a pharmacy tech and then started working for the Scottsbluff Walmart deli.

Donna was promoted to manager of the deli and worked there 12 years until illness forced her to retire. It was a demanding job that took many hours out of her day and even when she was home, her phone never quit ringing or receiving texts as someone from the deli would have questions for her.

She was on call 24/7 to keep things running smoothly, but throughout her career there she made many friends and was like a “mom” to many of the employees who worked at the deli.

During her years in Mitchell, Donna began to help young people in crisis and was a mentor to those who needed a helping hand. She always found time to keep up with a demanding job along with caring for others in need.

She will be remembered for her compassionate and sweet nature by those who knew her. Even through her illness, she kept her cheerful attitude and her eyes kept their sparkle.

Her fur babies were also well cared for – whether it be a house pet, feral kitties, or even a possum. Another thing she will be remembered for is her absolutely beautiful handwriting, which brought comments from anyone who saw it.

Donna shared her life for the past 30 years with her best friend, Bill Mowry. He became part of her family, sharing the good times and the bad, and was there to help her through her illness and final days. His calming presence helped her, and the rest of the family, get through this difficult time.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jim, parents Roy and Cora, brother, Lloyd, and sister-in-law, Kathy.

Donna is survived by her son Tad of Mitchell, grandchildren Kuyria Lewis of Omaha, NE, Christian Ross of Grand Forks, ND, great-grandchildren, Aasha Marie and Kaidyn Lee of Omaha, NE, her long-time friend, Bill Mowry of Mitchell, brother Dale Britton (Barb) of Crawford, NE, and sister Jeanine Connelly (David) of rural Whitney, NE, many cousins, beloved friends Bev and Danny Pokorny of Mitchell, Danny Kurts of Scottsbluff, and so many more. 

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