Katherine Elizabeth Ross of Lafayette, Ind., died May 28, 2017, at IU Health Arnett Hospital. She was 80.
She was born Oct. 19, 1936, in Olney Springs. She graduated from Olathe High School in 1955.
She married Merrill Ross Jr. of Olathe. They had five children and later divorced.
Mrs. Ross worked at Purdue in the hospital cafeteria as a cook, then she left to work for General Foods. After General Foods closed, she went back to Purdue and worked in housekeeping until her retirement.
She enjoyed good food, spending time with family and friends, arranging flowers, gardening and traveling to Colorado. She was avid fan of the Purdue women's basketball team.
She is survived by her sister, Elaine Becker of Montana; a brother, Walter Wilson of Colorado; her children, Curt (Laurie) Ross of Remington, Ind., Karen Buchholz of Lafayette, Ind., Bryan (Emilia Chaffee) Ross of Westerville, Ohio, and Brenda Ross of West Lafayette, Ind.; six grandchildren, Kirstin and Keven Ross, Brian (Heather) Buchholz, Jennifer (Greg) Hamilton, Chad and Zachary (Nona) Pitts; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her two brothers and five sisters; ex-husband, Merrill Ross Jr.; and her son, Gregory Ross.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
A visitation for family and friends was held June 3 at the Soller-Baker Funeral Home in Lafayette, Ind. Graveside services will be held Thursday, June 8, at 1 p.m. at Grand View Cemetery, west of Montrose.
Crippin Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.