Sue Carroll Ross passed peacefully after a short illness on July 15th. She was born on April 17, 1935, in Oklahoma to parents Harry and Irma Pate. A former resident of Brookings for more than fifty years, Sue and her husband Gerald operated the Gerald Ross Insurance Agency from 1959 until 2012.
Sue and Gerald were married for 49 years until his death in 2004 and had two children, Kelly Ross (spouse Tomilynn) of Vancouver, Washington, and Elizabeth Sabin (spouse Scott) of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She had six grandchildren (Adam, Elliot, and Garrett Ross; Emily Bennett, Charles Sabin, and Grant Sabin) and seven great-grandchildren (Evangeline and Imogene Sabin; Jack, Byron, and Henry Bennett; Aiden and Suzy Ross) who all adored their “Nana.”
The most important things in life for Sue were her family and her Christian faith, and she was a longtime member of both the Brookings Presbyterian Church and Covenant Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs. She was also active in a wide range of Brookings civic organizations, including Soroptimist International and Eastern Star, and served for many years as an advisor to the local chapter of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls.
In addition to her husband, Gerald, she was preceded in death by her parents and younger brother Bob Pate. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. The family encourages contributions in her name be made to the Brookings Presbyterian Church.
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