Marilyn Ross

Marilyn Ross

Friday, September 6th, 1946 Friday, February 12th, 2021

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Obituary for Marilyn A. Ross

Ms. Marilyn A. Ross, 74, of Chambersburg, PA passed away the evening of Friday, February 12, 2021 in her home. Born September 6, 1946 in Queens, NY she was the daughter of the late Hugh M. Ross, Jr. and Margaret A. (Boening) Ross.

She was a graduate of the Franklin K. Lane High School, Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Ross then went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree in 1967 from Queens College now CUNY and then her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Ms. Ross was a college professor teaching Greek, Latin and Archeology at Wells College, Aurora, NY she left there to become assistant to the President of Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA. She was also a professor and writer at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA.

She was Board Chairperson of Chambersburg Hispanic American Center. Ms. Ross was also co-founder of SNAP, Support Network at Penn National and she was also on the Board of Directors at the Totem Pole Playhouse, Caledonia, PA.

She was the last of her immediate family.

A viewing will be held 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M., Friday, February 19, 2021 in the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. CDC social distancing and mask requirements will be in place.

Burial will be held in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Totem Pole Playhouse, P.O. Box 603, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville, PA 17222 or online at

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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 19th, 2021 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home
    333 Falling Spring Rd.
    Friday, February 19th, 2021
    3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Interment

    Cypress Hills Cemetery
    833 Jamaica Ave.
    Brooklyn, NY
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Valerie Ryder

We were stunned to learn of Marilyn’s sudden death and are still coming to terms with the loss of our dear friend. Valerie’s sister Audrey was Marilyn’s friend since grade school. They were both in kindergarten at Public School 171 in Brooklyn and in the same classes all the way through 9th grade. In high school at Franklin K. Lane they were in the same home room and in many classes together since they were both in the college-bound track of students. Valerie would sometimes tag along with Audrey and Marilyn when they visited the Bronx Zoo each summer to see Marilyn’s favorite orangutan, Andy. Audrey and Marilyn commuted together to Queens College from our Brooklyn neighborhood, although they were in different classes as they pursued different majors. Audrey and Marilyn have remained friends throughout the years.
Valerie reconnected with Marilyn when she moved to the Lehigh Valley, with her husband Richard, in 1995. We started visiting Marilyn almost every summer to attend a performance at Totem Pole Theatre because of a shared appreciation of theatre. Marilyn would visit us each summer to attend several performances of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University in Allentown. Audrey, Valerie and their parents traveled with Marilyn and her mother on a one week riverboat cruise on the Columbia River in 2000. Marilyn introduced us to kayaking as a low-impact activity that we could engage in throughout our retirement years. We participated in a Road Scholar kayaking program in Glen Sutton, Quebec Province twice with Marilyn based on her recommendation.
As we reflect upon our memories of Marilyn we realize how much we will miss her. She was one of the kindest people we have known, with a commitment to bettering her community and helping others. May you rest in peace, dear friend.
Valerie Ryder and Richard Baldock
Comment | Posted at 04:42pm via Condolence

Nancy March

To have known Marilyn was to have known kindness. I will miss but always treasure my friendship with truly humble and gentle person.
Comment | Posted at 01:33pm via Condolence

Jackee McCartney

Jackee McCartney
I meet Marilyn, Marge and Nina when they moved to PA. I always felt wonderful comfort to have Marilyn as a friend, she was a true friend and Christian. I will miss her smile and zest for life. Forever in our hearts. Jackee McCartney & Joycelyn Taylor
Comment | Posted at 08:49am via Condolence

Donna Crissman

Donna Crissman
I am saddened to hear of Marilyn's passing. I met Marilyn in 2008 when she was a founding member of the Support Network at Penn National. Marilyn also served as Secretary and later President of the organization. Through the years we remained friends, often having breakfast or lunch locally. Always the adventurous type, Marilyn convinced me to go kayaking with her and we had a blast. She was a kind person, always thinking the best of everyone she came in contact with. Her passing will be missed by many.

Comment | Posted at 02:53pm via Condolence

Joan Bowers

Marilyn was my roommate in grad school at Cornell in the late 60's, and we had been close friends ever since. She was a part of our family, godmother to our Florida grandson, and frequent traveling companion. Robin and I will forever miss her wit, wisdom, warmth, and adventurous spirit. Farewell, beloved friend. Joan and Robin Bowers
Comment | Posted at 01:12pm via Condolence

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