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Charlotte M. Ross
Passed: Monday June 11, 2018

Charlotte Ross, age 93, passed away on June 11 at Marquis Gardens Place, Uniontown, PA. She is survived by two daughters, Myrna (Ross) Gifford of Morgantown, WV and Debra (Ross) Earle of Portland, OR, and a son Melvin Ross of West Chester, PA. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Michael Simms, and Clover (Simms) Wright, Colleen (Ross) Briant, son-in-law Jess Wright, two step-grandchildren, Jennifer (Gifford) Egbert (Doug Egbert), Charles F. (Chazz) Gifford (Sonja Gifford), three great-grandchildren, Arden, Logan, and Callan Wright, and four step-grandchildren, Zoe and Ethan Egbert, and Claire and Helen Gifford. In addition to many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, Charlotte is survived by niece, Carol Boerer, who was like a daughter to her, and sister-in-law, Marlene Abrams, who was like a sister to her. Her fiancee`, Abraham Korn, died in WWII’s Battle of the Bulge. Charlotte was predeceased by her parents, Max and Clara (Rothman) Morrison, husband Monroe Ross, brothers Charles Morrison, Robert (Barney) Morrison (Naomi Morrison) and Marty (Moe) Morrison (Bea Morrison), sister Sylvia (Morrison) Boerer (Harold Boerer), sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Janet and Leonard Haber, Norman Ross, Edwin and Carol Hyman, and son-in-law, Charles A. Gifford, Jr. Charlotte was a remarkable person in so many ways. She put herself through college after having three children and became the first in her family to earn a degree, eventually achieving a Masters plus 2 years in Elementary Education, just short of her doctorate. She taught primary grades for 28 years and then began a second career as a volunteer around the world, working with animals and people. She participated in projects in 29 countries through Earthwatch, Sierra Club, Global Volunteers, and Elderhostel. Charlotte worked with orangutans in Borneo, with lemurs in Madagascar, with pink river dolphins in the Amazon, with black bears in North Carolina, and with chimps in Washington. Charlotte taught conversational English in Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, and China. She researched organic potatoes in Scotland, attended peace talks in Ireland, worked with orphan babies in Romania, and built houses with Habitat for Humanity in New Zealand, Hungary and South Africa. Charlotte was held in great esteem and affection by all who knew her. She loved to make people laugh and was a gifted storyteller. She will be greatly missed. Contributions in Charlotte Ross’ memory can be made to the Orangutan Foundation, Friends of Animals, The Humane Society, SICSA, The Wilderness Society, Doctors without Borders, or the charily of your choice. Funeral services will be on Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. at Menorah Chapel, 2950 Vauxhall Rd., Vauxhall, NJ 07088, Phone 908-964-1500. Graveside services at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Woodbridge, NJ will follow. A luncheon is planned at Skylark Diner, Edison, NJ. Local arrangements were entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown, PA.

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