Sonya Douglas Ross

February 20, 1973October 31, 2018
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Sonya Douglas Ross, 45, of Indian Trail, North Carolina, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2018, peacefully in her sleep.

Born February 20, 1973 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sonya was the daughter of Wanda Lewis Douglas and the late Daniel Lee Douglas. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UNCC, and her Master of Science degree in professional counseling from Georgia State University.

Sonya will be remembered for always volunteering, giving to others, and greeting everyone with her radiant smile.

Survivors include her loving husband of 22 years, Matthew Ross; three daughters, Marguerite "Maggie," Lorraine "Lainie," and Danielle "Dani"; mother, Wanda Lewis Douglas; and brother, D. Brett Douglas. Sonya is also survived by her grandmother, Esteline Jordan Lewis of Conway, South Carolina; uncle, Russell Lewis of Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina; and aunt, Renee Lewis Gambill of Tabor City, North Carolina.

A service to celebrate Sonya's life will be held 12:00 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Indian Trail, with Pastor Lance Bradley officiating. The family will receive friends starting at 10:30 am until the service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lupus Foundation of America, Piedmont Chapter, 4530 Park Road, Suite 302, Charlotte, North Carolina 28209.


  • Matthew Ross, Loving Husband of 22 Years
  • Marguerite “Maggie” Ross, Daughter
  • Lorraine “Lainie” Ross, Daughter
  • Danielle “Dani” Ross, Daughter
  • Daniel Lee Douglas, Father
  • Wanda Lewis Douglas, Mother
  • D. Brett Douglas, Brother

  • Lupus Foundation of America, Piedmont Chapter


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 6, 2018
  • A Service to Celebrate Sonya's Life Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Sonya Douglas Ross

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Amy Connolly

November 11, 2018

Growing up around the corner from Sonya, she was always one of my go to houses after school or on weekends when it was time to go play. We were not allowed to play inside (I think most moms were like that then) but we still found something to get into with the others in the neighborhood. Throughout middle/high school we were not in each other’s circles, but that never stopped us from cutting up in the hallways or at lunch. Sonya had an infectious smile even then that drew you in. May she continue to watch over her friends and family with the angels by her side.

Tina Brantly

November 6, 2018

I met Sonya when her daughter Marguerite joined my Girl Scout Troop back in 2009. My family had just moved to Indian Trail and I knew no one in this area. The first thing I saw was her beautiful bright smile and willingness to help in any way. She would do anything for her girls and her husband. Our friendship grew over the years of Girl Scout camping trips, trips to Charleston and to Savannah to name just a few. We also had daughters in the same grade at the same school. As the years rolled on our friendship grew as well. As with everyone’s life it gets busier and busier and in a blink of an eye our daughters were graduating high school. Every time we would pass one another there was that bright smile and warm embrace. Sonya it is so hard to believe you have left this world, but we know you have big plans to fulfill. You will watch over your family and shine your light and bright smile down on them from the heavens. You are loved always and my family are better people for getting to know you. Until we meet again sweet Sonia...

Matthew Ross

November 6, 2018

My Sonya,

We started out this journey driving to Charleston for our honeymoon, ecstatic counting money from our wishing well reception. We were going to take on this world together. And we did, from proofing each other’s papers to planting flowers to building a family. You have stood by my side for the last 22 years and 26 days of marriage. You supported me like no other. I know we planned to someday build a front porch with a swing, and sit on that future swing together, but life took a turn. Like so many things in our life, we needed to change our plans a little. I will now take comfort knowing that the future swing is not here, it is in heaven, you are saving my seat.

Your Matt

Michele Quinn

November 6, 2018

I will always remember her smile. I can’t think of a time when she wasn’t smiling. We bonded over our love for Prince and become instant friends. She will be deeply missed.

Tara O’Donoghue

November 5, 2018

My dearest friend Sonya. How can I even think of one memory to share when there are just too many to choose from. We met for the first time in Girl Scouts almost 10 years ago. I knew from the first time we talked you and I would be friends. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that I will cherish always. Our first real trip together was to Savannah, Georgia. That’s when I begin to really get to know and love you . From that day forward we would share many stories, raps, songs, dances, Cha Cha slides, wobbles, laughs, tears, long bus rides, short bus rides, broken down bus rides, football games, competitions, roller coasters, camps, costumes, twin days, cookouts, parties, rainy days, motel rooms, hurricanes, cookie booths, and so many many more amazing memories that I will cherish and hold near and dear to my heart forever. You were a beautiful person inside and out. Your beautiful spirit will live on through your beautiful girl’s. Your memory will live on forever in all those who knew and loved you! . You were more loved than you could’ve ever known. You will be deeply missed by so many. Treasured in my heart you will stay until we meet again some day! Rest In Peace my dear sweet friend. I’ll love you always!

Dee Dee Hatley

November 5, 2018

We first met Sonya early last year with the PR Band of Pirates. We were freshman parents. She quickly introduced herself and made us feel like we had been there for quite a while and she had known us all for years. Anytime we saw her, she always made a point to smile, wave, and speak to us. It didn’t matter if it was at PR or Walmart. She had the most beautiful smile and it was infectious. You couldn’t help but smile and be happy around her. Sonya was truly special- a rare gem. She will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Dana Pearson

November 5, 2018

Although we we’re not close friends, the Band of Pirates made us family. You always had a smile and a hug ready for anyone who needed it. You will always be missed and forever loved. God Bless and Rest.

Raymond Lindberg

November 5, 2018

I remeber the night your daddy and I found out from the Red Cross of your birth. We were in Thailand at the time. I was at work on top of the wing of one of our fighters in the hangar for repairs. Your dad came roaring up in one of the "tugs" we used to tow airplanes. He handed me a note he had received announcing your birth. I came down and we rode off to celebrate as we watched the sun rise over the flight line. How happy we both were that morning I will never forget it. Proud to have known you and been honored to be your Godfather. Iwill miss you dearly. Give your daddy a hug and kiss for me you dear girl. Be at peace.

Marcus Starnes

November 5, 2018

Please accept our condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

Donna Sloan

November 5, 2018

Dear Sweet Sonya Sunshine....So many memories from Poplin Elementary to PR Middle to of course, PR Band of Pirates. Your smile, your laugh, your light is missed so much. Love you dearly my friend....