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Marilyn M. Ross

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Marilyn M. Ross

Sept. 27, 1923 - March 6, 2009

ATWATER -- Marilyn M. "Mary Jane" Ross, 85, of Atwater and formerly of Ames, Iowa, died Friday at the Sunnyview Assisted Living in Atwater.

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The graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ames Municipal Cemetery in Ames.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Atwater Funeral Home and after 1:30 p.m. Friday at the cemetery in Iowa. Memorials are preferred.

She was born Sept. 27, 1923, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Arthur and Mattie (Fox) McCaffrey. She grew up in Nevada, Iowa, and graduated from Nevada High School in 1941.

She married Merl Ross Jr. on Aug. 23, 1942, in Nevada, Iowa. They lived in Ames and Sioux City, Iowa. She worked in the classification department of the home economics college, and was head secretary in the textiles and clothing department of the home economics college at Iowa State University for 27 years. Merl died in 1989. In 1992, she moved to Atwater. In 2003, she moved to GlenOaks Care Center in New London and, in 2004, she moved to Sunnyview Assisted Living in Atwater.

She is survived by her daughter: Martha (and Dale) Kragenbring of Atwater; two sons: Thomas (and Joan) Ross of Urbandale, Iowa, and James (and Amanda) Ross of Ankeny, Iowa; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one son: Ronald, in 2003; and one sister.

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