Ross, Diane (nee Gilmore)

Ross, Diane (nee Gilmore)

October 20, 1931 – April 22, 2016
Age 84 of St Paul, passed away on April 22, 2016. She had recently been diagnosed with advanced esophageal cancer. Preceded in death by parents Iris and Harold Gilmore and husband W. Braxton Ross. Survived by son John Ross, daughter Annie Yetter (Steve), grandchildren Kathryn and George Yetter and her kitty, Misty. Born Oct. 20, 1931 and raised in Denver, Diane spent every summer as a child and young adult at Geneva Glen, the camp her parents directed in the foothills outside of Denver. She met her husband, Braxton, at East High School, and they married in 1954. As a graduate of Smith College in 1952 she learned that women are as important, as capable, and as valuable as men. She returned to Denver to teach high school English. After her marriage she and Braxton moved to Japan where he served in Army Counter Intelligence and she taught ESL and worked as librarian on the base. They lived with a Japanese family with whom she maintained a life long friendship. Diane’s love of teaching continued her entire life in Chicago, Madison, and most recently through ESL creative writing classes at Roseville Community Center for 12 years. She reached out to people wherever she lived through her love of other cultures, singing, gardening, writing and a genuine interest in others. Her family expresses heartfelt gratitude to HealthPartners Hospice and particularly to friends Hal, Mary, Russ, Sherrie, Jessica and Paul for their compassionate care. Memorials made out to either: Geneva Glen Camp, P.O. Box 248, Indian Hills CO 80454 or Unity Unitarian, 733 Portland Ave., St. Paul 55104 preferred. Memorial service to be held Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 2 pm at Unity Unitarian Church, St. Paul. (Published in Pioneer Press on April 23, 2016)