Ione R. Ross, 92, Minot, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in a Minot hospital.
Ione was born Aug. 25, 1920, in Benedict, to Oliver and Hilda (Kjeldsberg Simonsen) Johnson. She was reared and educated in Ruso. As a young adult, she was employed by her relatives and received her room and board. She also worked in the Ruso Grocery Store and NYA for the Ruso School.
Ione moved to Minot at the age of 17, where she was employed by a boarding house for three years, the Fugelso family and at Oppen's Grocery Store as a clerk for five years.
Ione married Dennis Ross on Sept. 28, 1947, in Minot. They made their home on the Ross family farm in Sundre Township for 50 years where they raised small grains and cattle. They moved to Minot in 1998. Dennis died Jan. 2, 2002. Ione continued to live in Minot, most recently at Edgewood Vista since March 2012.
Ione was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Minot. She was also a member of the Valley Homemakers Club. Her special interests included cooking, gardening and baking. She was well known for her "famous" coconut and banana cream pies. Ione's greatest joy was spending time with her family.
Ione's loving family includes: her daughters, Jenelle (Dennis) Krueger, Minot, and Julee (Tom) Erdmann, Carrington; grandchildren, Travis (Donnell) Krueger, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Kayla and Kyle Erdmann, Carrington; great-grandchildren, Addison and Aiden Krueger; and several nieces and nephews.
Ione was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Dennis; son, Lowell; sisters, Myrtle (Don) Skouby, Doris (Wes) Burrell and Avis (Frank) Blocher; brothers, Orville and Lowell; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Marie and Leon Beeter and Helen and Glen Bunker.
Celebration of the Life of Ione Ross: Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m., in Our Savior Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Monday, from 2 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Savior Lutheran Church or Trinity Hospice, both Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).