Betsey Ann Ross, 75

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CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Betsey Ann Ross, 75, of Chebeague Island, died May 18 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a brief illness.

She was born Aug. 25, 1937, in Portland, the older of two daughters of Pearl and Everett Ross. She was educated in Chebeague Island schools and graduated as the sole alumna from the class of 1956 at Chebeague Island High School.

Ross worked for the U.S. Postal Service on Chebeague Island from 1966 to 1992, the last seven as post master. She was active with Girl Scouts on the island and served on the board of the Stephen Ross Scholarship Fund. She was an active member of Ladies Aid of the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church and on their behalf sent countless cards to members as part of their card ministry outreach program.

She was known as an avid card sender in her own right and readily sent a card for any reason or occasion. She enjoyed crocheting and embroidery as well as scrap booking, photo albums and genealogy. She will be remembered as a woman who was very kind with her words and actions. Her niece and nephews were the apples of her eyes, and she was known to spoil them a bit here and there.

Ross is survived by her sister Natalie Parker, of Raymond; her nephews Robert L. Parker II, his wife Candy and their children Bryce, Autumn, Brittney and Natalie, of Hawaii; Steven W. Parker and his wife Margaret and their children Sydney and Benjamin, of California; her niece Lynne M. Cary and her husband David and their son Zachary, of Raymond; and a large extended family. She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Robert L. Parker.

Visiting hours will be 2-4 p.m. June 9, at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. Those who wish may attend a short prayer service at 3 p.m. as part of the visiting hours. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. June 10 at the Chebeague Island United Methodist Church, with burial immediately following. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people consider making a donation in Ross’s memory to: Stephen Ross Scholarship Fund, c/o Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main Street, Ellsworth, Maine, 04605 or to the Island Commons, Littlefield Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017, and that you think of her the next time you send a greeting card to a friend or neighbor.

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