MOUNT UPTON - Shirley Bernadine Ross, 81, of Mount Upton, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.
Shirley was born on Aug. 19, 1936, in Lowville, one of nine children of Robert and LuLu (Satterly) Norton.
On Oct. 9, 1954, she was married to Raymond D. Ross at the Presbyterian Church in Rome. They shared 52 years of marriage before he predeceased her in 2006.
In 1975, Shirley began her career at Amphenol Corp. in Sidney. When she retired in December 2001, she was working in shipping, which she loved. She also served as a Union Steward for the IAMAW Local 1529.
In her younger years, Shirley loved camping, boating and water skiing. For a time, her family had a camp on Lebanon Reservoir where many happy memories were made. She enjoyed bear watching, reading and especially playing Bingo at the casinos. She loved her pet cats and most importantly spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by six children, Jacqueline and Al Dewitt of Oxford, Peggy and Dan Quiter of Mount Upton, Kingsley Ross of Sidney, Michael and Karen Ross of Mount Upton, Sherry and Jack Whaley of Norwich and Sandra Warren of Harpursville; grandchildren, Heather Cummings, Danny Quiter, Kristen Quiter, Ray Ross, Dawn Pickens, Chris Ross, Alicia Ross, Craig Ross, Kelsey Ross, Brianna Whaley, Cameron Whaley, Kara Schaeffer and Kale Warren; great-grandchildren, Kolbie and Mason Cummings, Aliya and Kenyon Pickens, Nicholas and Ethan Bertrand, Andrew Taylor, Kane Winn, Jackson and Hudson Bryant, Erik and Carter Ross, Connor and Addison Ross and Lennon Paige Whaley.
In addition to her husband and parents, Shirley was predeceased by a grandson, Spencer Whaley; great-granddaughter, Emily Garcia; and her eight siblings.
Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.
Graveside services will be held in the spring in Maplewood Cemetery, Mount Upton.
Memorial contributions in Shirley's name may be directed to Danielle House, 160 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905, or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
Share condolences with the family online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.
Published on January 25, 2018