Mary Linda Ross, 80 years old of Marana, AZ, born on September 14th, 1940 passed away on March 14th 2021. She was born in North Platte, NE and spent many years in Kansas City, Tulsa, Tucson and along the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
Mary Linda is survived by her husband Jerry Ross and they were married for 26 years.
She is also survived by two sisters. Jo Wandel-Heese and her husband Dr. Jan Heese of Omaha, NE; and Delores and her husband Warren Studt of Omaha, NE. Two sisters-in-law Marcia Walsh and Sally Walsh.
Mary was also survived by her four sons. James and his wife Mimi Lipari of Lee Summit, MO. Michael and his wife Laurel Lipari of Flower Mound, TX. Tony Lipari of Parkville, MO. Bernard Lipari of Las Vegas, NV. She also had five step-children. Douglas and Ruthann Ross of Castle Rock, CO. Darren Ross of Wilmington, IL. Jason and Heidi Ross of Lakewood, CO. Timothy Ross and Jason Tharp of Tulsa, OK. Christine and Timothy Majeres of Le Mars, IA.
Mary had thirteen grand-children and was delighted to have her first great-grandson.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents William and Mary Josephine Walsh as well as her brothers Phillip Walsh and William Walsh.
Mary Linda studied at the College of Saint Mary and began her career as an interior designer. She accomplished many achievements in Interior Design such as an award for the “Parade of Homes” and for her work on the building committee at the Unity Church of Overland Park.
Mary Linda decided to follow her other passion and went through a career change and earned her Esthetician License while living in Boulder, CO. Along with being an independent sales representative, she also opened her own clinics where she completed facials, microdermabrasion, skin care and custom make-up.
Mary Linda also enjoyed adventures with her husband Jerry such as traveling, seeing artistic places and having a yard full of roses. She would always bring her beloved Shit-zu puppies anytime she traveled. Mary Linda also enjoyed using her creativity in the kitchen and was commonly referred to as being a better chef than “Martha Stewart”. She loved to decorate and passionately made everywhere she lived a beautiful place for her and her family. She was a strong supporter of all of her children and was passionate about helping her kids see their true passion in life. She especially loved the arts and would regularly use her children’s artwork to decorate her home such as the paintings from her son Bernard, pottery from her son Michael, listening to music from her son Tony and Kokopelli statues from her son James.
Mary Linda made a huge impact on the lives of her family and friends and will forever be in our hearts.
Due to the current health pandemic, Jerry is talking with family and friends remotely and has very few family members visiting in Tucson. Mary Linda’s celebration of life will be in September in Omaha, NE closer to family.