Sandra Ross

MARION — Sandra Lee “Sandy” Ross, 71, of Marion passed away at 8:25 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Sandy was born Oct. 21, 1945, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Harold J. and Velva R. (Fine) Nokes.

She married Howard B. Ross on June 19, 1965, in Dover Hill, Indiana. He preceded her in death Nov. 9, 2014.

Throughout her career, she worked at various places, including Toys R Us, Super 8 Hotel, Williamson County Courthouse and Lowes. She most recently worked at Target prior to her retirement in 2000.

Sandy was a Christian woman and a member of Community of Christ in Marion. She was an active member serving as records keeper. She was a giving person and enjoyed volunteering with the Marion Ministerial Alliance, the local soup kitchen and the Lighthouse Shelter.

In her spare time she enjoyed spending time outdoors and working jigsaw puzzles. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Pizanowski and husband George of Marion; son, Michael Ross and wife Misty of Marion; three grandchildren, Todd Pizanowski of Marion, Anastasia Ross of Springfield, Missouri, and Molly Barclay of Lexington, Kentucky; sister, Dana Haxton of Zephyr Hills, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers, Buster and Donnie Nokes.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Blue Funeral Home in Marion. The Rev. Gordon Rhine will officiate. Burial will follow in Webb Cemetery in Tunnel Hill. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.

Memorial donations are suggested to Community of Christ Church in Marion and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.

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