Grace Lee Ross
Grace Lee Ross
  • June 24, 1925 - January 9, 2017
  • Bentonville, Arkansas

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Our beloved Nana, Grace Lee (Craft) Ross), 91, of Bentonville, Arkansas, passed peacefully on January 9, 2017, in Rogers, Arkansas, surrounded by her loving daughters and grandchildren.
She was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, on June 24, 1925, to Ettie Vee Lewis Craft and George Audie Craft and was the oldest of three daughters. She married her high school sweetheart, Clinton Fred Ross, on October 5, 1943. They welcomed their first daughter, Sandra Kay in 1950, and their second daughter, Teresa Ann, in 1954. Grace was an expert Duplicate Bridge player and achieved the award of Life Master in 1995. She and Clinton enjoyed traveling the world and hosting numerous Shriner events. They were charter members of St. Paul Methodist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas. Upon Clint's retirement from Ross Electric Supply Company in the early 1990s, they relocated to Hot Springs and were active members at First United Methodist Church. Grace loved hosting friends, family, and especially her grandkids at their lake house on Lake Hamilton. A highlight for Grace was her Fourth of July gatherings she hosted with Clint every summer. Many of her grandchildren have fond memories of helping Nana feed the ducks in their cove, riding the pontoon boat, and fishing. Grace and Clint had 54 wonderful years of wedded bliss until his passing in 1997. In 2009, Grace moved to Northwest Arkansas to be closer to her daughters. Grace lived a full life and was ready to be pampered once again by her husband in Heaven.
Grace is survived by her sister, Betty Key, of Little Rock; her daughters, Sandi Ross Stratton and her husband Ed, and Teresa Ross Juergens and husband Dave, all of Bentonville, as well as a dear family friend, James Thomas May of Pine Bluff. Grace's pride and joy were her grandchildren, Chris May (wife Amy), Chad May (wife Joye), Brittni Rhodes (husband Ty), Caylee Noggle (husband Tom), Lindsay Mosier (husband Billy), Lauren Harrison (husband Grant), and Peyton Frigon, as well as her great-grandchildren Jackson, Thomas, Whit, Mary Alice, Ross, Maci Grace, Carson, Merritt, and Ryli, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her grandpuppy, Lola, whom she loved dearly!
Grace was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clint, and her sister, Georgia Cosper.
There will be a private family graveside service in El Dorado.
Condolences may be sent to 405 NW 5th St. Bentonville, Arkansas 72712.
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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1100 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901.