Barbara Ross

Sep 03, 2019

Belfast — Barbara (Carter) Ross passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, peacefully and in her sleep, surrounded by her three children, at the Deborah Lincoln House in Belfast. She was 93.

Born in Medford, Mass., Feb. 13, 1926, to Carroll and Corinne Carter, she was raised with her two brothers and a sister in Melrose, Mass.

Barbara met George E. Ross after WWII and they fell in love and were married in October 1946. Together they raised three children in Reading, Mass. They were active in their children's activities, from Little League to helping establish the Austin Preparatory School, a boys Catholic school run by the Augustinian Friars. The family participated in fundraisers, and sports programs. Their oldest son, Brian, was in the first four-year class to graduate from this school.

Barbara was a sports enthusiast. She was a strong athlete in high school, playing field hockey, basketball and even ice hockey. Barbara was on the first women’s ice hockey team in the country, playing in the Boston Garden. She was very competitive and passed this on to her children. She was an avid fan of all professional sports and was often known to leave social and family activities early just to be home in time for “the game.” Usually ANY game.

In 1981, when her husband retired, they moved up to Belfast, where her father’s family was from. As a child she would take the steamship to Belfast to visit her grandmother there. Barbara was active in St. Francis of Assisi Church and volunteered at Waldo County General Hospital for years. She was loved for her quick wit and practicality.

In 2005 Barbara lost her husband of 58 years to cancer. Never wanting to be a burden to her children, she eventually sold her home, gave up driving, and moved into assisted living.

Barbara is survived by her three children and their spouses, son Brian and wife Dyan (Rich) Ross, daughter Diane and husband Ken Martin, and son George (Chuck) Ross Jr. and wife Molly. She also had eight grandchildren, Kristi Ann Moody of Vermont, Heather Ross, Leah Ross, Adderson Martin, Charles (Chuck) Martin, Corinne (Cori) Martin, Katelyn Condon and Jillian Wheeler; nine great-grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces, and great-nephews/nieces. Special thanks to a much loved family friend, Dr. James Delehanty, who was always there for her.

Also, a special thanks to the Deborah Lincoln House staff for their compassionate care for both Barbara and her family. There will be a celebration of her life at Deborah Lincoln House, 60 Cedar St., Belfast, on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The family is planning a private burial at the gravesite.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in the Ross family name to Belfast Area High School Booster’s Club would be appreciated.

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