Zelma Mae Ross
February 12, 1939 – September 17, 2019
Zelma Mae Richardson Ross, age 80, closed her eyes here on Earth and joined her husband Maurice in Heaven on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. Zelma was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Survivors include son Maurice, Jr. (Angela); daughters: Sandra and Crystal; and grandson, Alex. Zelma is also survived by sisters, Yvonne Smith and Shirley (Clifton) Morris; and brothers, Charles (Patricia), Robert Lee, Joseph (Linda), Eddie (Loretta), and Kenny (Pamela). She is further survived by many friends and relatives to include brother-in-law, Dr. Donald (Naomi) Ross and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Zelma was born in Mobile, Alabama to the late Robert Richardson and Lila Wallace Richardson on February 12, 1939. Zelma graduated from Central High School in 1957 and married Maurice Ross, a career Air Force airman that same year. They were married for 48 years until his death in 2006. Zelma and Maurice lived in Ohio, Japan, Michigan, Minnesota, Germany and Colorado. Zelma was a supervisor and union representative in the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and served military families for over 20 years. Zelma retired from the Peterson AFB Exchange in 1995. Zelma was a founding member of the Colorado Springs Black Catholic Council and an active member of the St. Dominic Catholic Parish. She enjoyed spending time with family, friends and her grandson, Alex. Her hobbies included bowling, solving puzzles, cake decorating and watching game shows. Zelma especially enjoyed attending Denver Bronco football games, playing Bingo and trips to Las Vegas and Cripple Creek with her best friend of 43 years, Janet Lanier. Zelma’s wit, humor, playfulness, advice and opinions will be sorely missed by all her family and friends. The family would like to extend our special gratitude to the kindhearted staff at The Retreat at Sunny Vista where Zelma was so well cared for. A special thank you to caregiver Manny Trujillo for all his kindness and love over the past four years. A Rosary will be held Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a Viewing at 2:30 p.m. and a Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m. at Dove-Witt Family Mortuary, 6630 S. U.S. Highway 85-87 in Fountain, CO. A reception will be held on site after the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Zelma’s name.
- Maurice (Angela) Ross Jr., Son
- Crystal Ross, Daughter
- Sandra Ross, Daughter
- Alex ., Grandson
- Yvonne Smith, Sister
- Shirley (Clifton) Morris, Sister
- Charles (Patricia) Richardson, Brother
- Robert Lee Richardson, Brother
- Joseph (Linda) Richardson, Brother
- Eddie (Loretta) Richardson, Brother
- Kenny (Pamela) Richardson, Brother
- Dr. Donald (Naomi) Ross, Brother-in-law
- Zelma is also survived by many friends, relatives along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
- Rosary Service Saturday, September 28, 2019
- Visitation Saturday, September 28, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 28, 2019
Zelma Mae Ross
September 25, 2019
Zelma was such a beautiful person, inside and out. I had the pleasure of knowing her and celebrating many BBQ with her and Maurice Sr. at the Laniers home. Rest in peace my friend, Ella Walker and Family 💜
September 23, 2019
We love you Zelma and will miss those joyful and beautiful family trips. Sleep on our love, under a bright silver moon. Always your sister and brother in law Clifton and Shirley Morris .Mobile,Al.