Donna L. Ross

September 29, 1939February 13, 2021

Donna Lee Ross, 82 of Hannawa Falls, NY passed away on February 13, 2021 with family at her side following a brief stay at Riverledge Nursing Home in Ogdensburg, NY. She was born on September 29, 1939, to the late Ralph Eugene and Kathleen Helen Town-Gilmore of Hannawa Falls, NY who is a resident of Riverledge Nursing Home in Ogdensburg, NY. Donna graduated from Potsdam High School in 1957. She married Steven George Cayey in 1958; they had a daughter, Vicky L. Cayey. She lost her husband on April 10, 1963 when the USS Thresher went down off the coast of New Hampshire. From a brief second marriage she had a daughter, Jennifer J. Ross.

In addition to her mother she also leaves behind, Two sisters, Sharon Hanniwell, of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and Gail Baxter, and brother-in- law, James Baxter, of Hannawa Falls, NY; two daughters , Vicky Cayey-Martin, of Salisbury, NC and Jennifer Ross-Schultz, of Westfield, MA; several grandchildren: Lindsay Martin, Korey Ayers, Peter, Andrew, and Jacob Schultz ; great grandchildren : Courtney, Kyler, McKenna, Hayden and Kamden, and two great-great grandchildren : Peyton and Pheobie.

To all that knew her, let us remember her as the one that always cared for others before herself; coffee and a seat at her table, no matter the time of day; and a caring and loving mother and grandmother.

The family will have a private service for Donna at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Helping Hands, Box 92, Hannawa Falls, NY 13647, 315-268-0633. Condolences, thoughts, and fond memories can be placed online at


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Bob Shelly

February 16, 2021

My sincere condolences to Donna's entire family and her many friends and classmates. Many fine memories with Steve and Donna.