Pat Ross, 86, of Windermere, passed away October 27, 2017. Born May 16, 1931 in Orlando, Pat was raised in Ocoee, FL by William and Bennye Lou Pease, one of the pioneering families of Ocoee.
Patsy, as she was affectionately called, was a lifelong resident of West Orange County, graduating from Lakeview High School in 1949. She attended Stephens College and graduated from Washington Univ. in St. Louis. Pat went on to work at the Univ. of Florida in cancer research before marrying Jack Ross of Oakland, FL in 1957. Pat and Jack resided on the shores of Lake Butler where they raised their two children, Brenda and Jim. They enjoyed boating, swimming and she was an avid photographer and enamel artist. Pat was an Additions volunteer at Windermere Elementary School for several years assisting migrant children with English. She gardened, drove countless car pools to her children’s sporting events and competed in a Winter Garden bowling league. She treasured time at her family’s mountain cabin and watching her grandkids grow-up. Later, Pat and her caregiver Thelma could be seen traveling in town and even on a Disney cruise. Pat always enjoyed swimming, shopping and had a special fondness for chocolate. Pat was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Jack Ross.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Stan) Smith and son, Jim (Jennifer) Ross; grandchildren: Ross (Brittany), Will, Sara, and Alli Smith; Delanie, Ansley and Brayden Ross and great-grandson, Beckham Smith. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, www.wghf.org.
Mom, you loved life and it loved you back!
Brenda SmithWindermere, FL
Brenda and Jim we will all miss Pat. We were blessed to know her. She had a life well lived.
Ted and Linda RyanMount Dora, FL
Wishing you peace at this difficult time. Mother-Daughter relationships are so very complex. The memorial video is just beautiful. What a wonderful legacy your mother has left. Brenda, you have honored her with love.
Carol and Jim WillardWindermere, FL
A very special friend.
Brenda, so sorry to see your mom passed! Please know that Larry and I care! Blessings to you and your sweet family. My mom and dad thought SO much of Jack and Pat. Larry and Joyce McWilliams
Joyce McWilliamsWinter Garden, FL