OBITUARY

Anna Jean Ross

August 17, 1940October 14, 2020
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Anna Jean McSurley Ross, 80, of Charleston, West Virginia, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, with her family by her side. She loved sitting on her back porch and being one with nature. She was called the “deer whisperer” because she could call her “babies” in by the sound of her voice. She was so happy sitting on the glider, feeding and spending time with her many deer, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks and birds. She had names for all of them. She was born in Charleston on August 17, 1940, to the late Herbert and Grace Mary Gatens McSurley. She attended Charleston Catholic High School. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Hansel & Gretel, Hill’s Department Store and Riah Salon. She and her late husband, Lewis Ross, owned and operated a tanning salon before his passing. Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Cathy Osborne; son, Greg Dearien; sisters, Rosemary Atkins and Patty Landers. Anna Jean is survived by her sons, Jimmy Blake (Leah) and Mark Hawkins (Rita); grandchildren, Christopher Osborne (Monica), Sabra Blake, Jordan Blake (Janice), Graham Dearien (Meghan), Seth Dearien, Cole Shamblin and Joshua King; great-grandchildren, Levi and Lexi Osborne, Avery Blake, Cassius and Silas Dearien; sisters, Diana Hussell (Harry) and Janet Elswick; brother, Ross McSurley; following her sister, Patty Landers’ death, Anna Jean was like a second mother to her nephews, Mike Landers (deceased) and Jeff Landers. She leaves behind a host of family and friends to cherish her memory. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a walk through visitation will be held Tuesday, October 20th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the Pastor Mike Long officiating. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is mandated by the Governor and the CDC that proper facial coverings be worn and that social distancing be observed. Also temperatures will be taken upon entry to the funeral home.

  • FAMILY

  • Jimmy Blake (Leah), Son
  • Mark Hawkins (Rita), Son
  • Christopher Osborne (Monica), Grandchild
  • Sabra Blake, Grandchild
  • Jordan Blake (Janice), Grandchild
  • Graham Dearien (Meghan), Grandchild
  • Seth Dearien, Grandchild
  • Cole Shamblin, Grandchild
  • Joshua King, Grandchild
  • Levi and Lexi Osborne, Great-grandchildren
  • Avery Blake, Great-Grandchild
  • Cassius and Silas Dearien, Great-grandchildren
  • Diana Hussell (Harry), Sister
  • Janet Elswick, Sister
  • Ross McSurley, Brother
  • Herbert McSurley, Father (deceased)
  • Grace Mary Gatens McSurley, Mother (deceased)
  • Cathy Osborne, Daughter (deceased)
  • Greg Dearien, Son (deceased)
  • Rosemary Atkins, Sister (deceased)
  • Patty Landers, Sister (deceased)
  • Following her sister, Patty Landers' death, Anna Jean was like a second mother to her nephews, Mike Landers (deceased) and Jeff Landers.
    She also leaves behind a host of family and friends to cherish her memory.

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Services

  • Walk Through Visitation

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Bill Anderson

October 20, 2020

Anna Jean was a wonderful friend to our family. She was especially kind and caring to my dad, Clayton Anderson, in his final years. She was a very dear lady who loved to laugh and make other people laugh. We loved her and will miss her greatly. Rest in Peace, sweet Anna Jean.
Bill Anderson & Family

Mark Hawkins

October 20, 2020

In life, chance is the most consistent force that governs our existence. Things happen that you have no control over. This is the nature of my relationship with Anna Jean. Being adopted at 3 days old, it took 35 years to meet her and the family. Although this was not something I sought out, I noticed that there was an undeniable connection. Anna Jean and I had some remarkable similarities in our personalities and of course some differences. We had some barriers of lifestyle and distance but one thing remains true. A mother's love transcends all obstacles. I will miss you Anna Jean.

Debra Blake Mccartu

October 18, 2020

Anna Jean was married to my Brother Wayne Blake. They had my Niece Cathy and my Nephew Jimmy. Even though she was divorced from him . We always kept her part of our Family. She was good to all of us and consider us Family too. Her and my Mother Mary loved to prank People. I can still see them laughing till they cried. She was fun to be around. She will be missed.

Carolyn Patrick

October 15, 2020

Fly high my friend, may you rest in peace with Cathy and Louie. Love you Anna Jean.

Ross Mcsurley

October 15, 2020

God has a another new angel in heaven my sis Anna Jean. Anna I will miss you so deeply and so will My friend and yours David. She was so good to everyone she came in contact with and now God has blessed her with the crown of eternal life with him. See you soon sweetheart. I love you

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