Helen Graves Ross, 90, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.  Helen was born June 15, 1928, in El Dorado.  After moving to Newton with her parents, Helen graduated from Newton High School.  She continued her education at Ward Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee, and the University of Kansas.  She was a member of Chi Omega sorority at the University of Kansas.
While attending the University of Kansas, Helen met Frank Ross.  They were married May 17, 1952, and made their home in Wellington in 1955 following Frank’s service in the Air Force.  An active member of the community, Helen was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Chapter ET of the PEO Sisterhood, Beta Sigma Phi, 20th Century Book Club and a Life Member of the University of Kansas Alumni Association.  Her many volunteer activities included the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, a committee woman for the Republican Party and serving as a volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital in Wellington.
Helen was known for her thoughtfulness, compassion and her ability to establish rapport with everyone she met.  She always greeted people with a smile and a compliment.  She will be long remembered by friends, family and the many she touched with her generous spirit.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, and her parents, Lewis and Theresa Graves.  She is survived by her son Richard “Butch” Ross and wife Nancy of Denver, CO; granddaughter Anne Ross and husband Alex Kuykendall of Grapevine, TX; grandson Michael Ross of Sacramento, CA; and great granddaughter Della Jane Kuykendall.  Her grandchildren brought added joy and love to her life. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Marilyn Miller of Bainbridge Island, WA, a niece and two nephews.
Please join family and friends for a funeral mass celebrating a life well-lived on Friday, January 5th, at 10:00 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wellington. Visitation will be Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington from 9:00 A.M., until 5:00 P.M. with Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at St. Anthony Catholic Church. To leave an online condolence please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wellington Humane Society, P.O. Box 494, Wellington 67152.