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Isabel Ross

Isabel Viola Ross (Roraph)

Wednesday, March 19th, 1924 - Thursday, December 13th, 2018
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Mrs. Isabel Viola Ross (nee Roraph), age 94, passed away peacefully at Bethammi nursing home on December 13, 2018. Isabel was born in Westaskwim, AB.
She left home at 17 years of age for Vancouver where she became "Rosie the Riveter" working in a munitions factory during WWII. It was there that she met the love of her life, Omer Charles Ross, an R.C.A.F. officer. At the end of the war, they moved to Thunder Bay, where they settled to raise their family.

Isabel enjoyed life to the fullest; she enjoyed travelling around North America with Omer, taking clogging classes at the 55 Plus Centre (and showing off her skills for her family in her kitchen) and spending time with her many friends.

Her quick wit and ability to make others laugh, even during her last days, will be dearly missed by all those who knew her.

She dedicated her life to her family, her faith, and helping everyone who needed it. She spent countless hours volunteering at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and spent nearly 20 years serving meals at the Dew Drop Inn every Monday afternoon.

Predeceased by her husband, Omer; survived by her three sons Wayne (wife Margaret), Brian, Douglas (wife Caroline); grandchildren Brent, Liane, Cynthia, Derek, Meagan, Kerri, Michelle, Patricia, Raymond, Jennifer and 16 great-grandchildren. Survived also by her sister Irene of Edmonton.

The family wishes to thank all the staff at Bethammi for the wonderful care she received while she was there.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 18 at 11:00 AM, at Sargent & Son Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Bethammi nursing home or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 17th, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, December 17th, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sargent & Son Funeral Home
    21 N. Court Street
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  • Service

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 11:00am
    Sargent & Son Funeral Home
    21 N. Court Street
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 |
    Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    3200 Oliver Road
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Donations are being accepted for: St. Joseph's Foundation-Bethammi.


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Posted at 10:12am
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Judi Mark (nee Paulusma)

Posted at 05:40pm
Sending you sincere condolences with the passing of your Mother.

Rick& Linda Boire

Posted at 05:23pm
To all the Ross Families God be with you all and bless you with all the happy memories of your mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend Isabel. Heaven is a wonderful place just as God has promised and we will all be together again xo

Denise Dubois

Posted at 11:09am
Sending condolences to the Ross family. Having the opportunity to live with Omar and Isabel was the greatest experience during my formative years. I loved being a part of their family and they were definitely the best parents in the world. They were always there for me and that speaks volumes. I still miss Omar and yes he truly was the love of her life. They are both smiling together once again.

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