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Karen F. (Evans) Ross

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Died on Friday, April 8 at the Melrose – Wakefield Hospital in Melrose following a brief illness, she was 82 years old.

Karen was born & raised in Waterbury, Conn. she was born to Thomas J. & Eva M. (Normand) Evans and was one of five children. She was a proud alumna of Sacred Heart High School Class of 1958, in Waterbury. While on vacation on Cape Cod, Karen met & fell in love with her future husband, John J. “Jack” Ross. The couple later married on April 11, 1964. They would have celebrated 58 years of marriage. They settled in Revere where they began their life together and raised their family. Karen was a loving & devoted wife & mother. She took great care of her family and loved them unconditionally. Karen worked for more than 25 years at the Shirley Credit Union, later becoming a teller St. Jean’s Credit Union. While she was at her job, she had the unwanted privilege of being “Held Up’, not once, or twice but four times. Something she often joked about, one time handing the robber back the note that he misspelled with the corrections. Karen also enjoyed a well-traveled life with her husband and children. They traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and many other destinations. Of course, anyone who knew Karen knew that her number one spot was Las Vegas. She truly enjoyed the Casinos’ the shows and made lifelong friends along the way. Karen was all about fun & family, she always made sure that she would stop and see her family in California and Connecticut. Her legacy to her family was to live life with those you love.

She is the beloved wife of 58 years to John J. “Jack” Ross, Sr. of Revere. the loving mother of John J. Ross, Jr. & wife Kelley of Saugus, & Kerry E. Hayward & her husband Michael of Peabody. She is the cherished grandmother of USAF Master Sergent John J. Ross, III., Tamaryn A. McAlees & her husband USAF Master Sergeant Garett McAlees all of Las Vegas, NV. Meghan E. Ross of AZ., Keira C. Hayward & Alexa E. Hayward both of Peabody, Nathan R. Hayward & Patrick J. Hayward both of Portsmouth, NH. The treasured great grandmother of Jessica, Brennan, Alison, Shea, & Logan. Adored sister of Brian Evans & wife Mary of Prospect, CT and the late Maureen McGrath, Thomas Evans, & Patricia Caruso. Dear sister-in-law of Robert & Mary Wesley & Lawrence & MaryJo King all of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, 20 Burlington Mall Rd., Suite 261, Burlington, MA 01803.

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