Willow Ross

September 11, 1923 - January 25, 2018


Willow Ross passed away January 25, 2018 at age 94 at home in Ashland, Oregon with her son and daughter-in-law at her side. She was born Marsha Muriel Siralnick September 11, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. Coming from a leftist family, her earliest memories included watching her mother carry furniture back upstairs after their tenement neighbors were forcibly evicted during the Great Depression. She continued to defend others from unfair treatment all her life.


Willow moved to Los Angeles as a child and married David Shore in 1942; they divorced in 1954. Her son from that marriage, Michael, survives her. While raising Michael, Willow rose from receptionist to office manager of a large medical laboratory. She married Murray Ross in 1967 and was with him until his death in 1994. Together they became restaurant owners in rural New Mexico before returning to Los Angeles to help raise her granddaughters. In Los Angeles, she became immersed in Native American justice issues and spirituality and was given the name Willow. She moved to Oregon in 2009 to be near her son and lived for a time at Skylark and at Brookdale Assisted Living as well as independently in Ashland and Phoenix.


In addition to Michael and his wife, Karen Horn, she is survived by granddaughters, Ramona and Julie Shore and great-grandson, Ivan Dusseau.


Willow loved people and clever mechanical contraptions. She had a knack for solving her own problems and making whatever she needed from what little was at hand. She will be missed by her family and by all the friends who benefited from her sharing, caring and inventiveness.

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