Phyllis J. Ross

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Phyllis Jean Edwards Ross

Phyllis blessed the marriage of James Edwards and Maxine Fulton Edwards on March 9, 1940. Phyllis was raised in Indianapolis, IN and received her education in the Indianapolis Public Schools System. She concluded her education at Arsenal Technical High School.
Phyllis married Zeto V. Ross Sr and this union was blessed with six children. Phyllis was a dedicated homemaker until her youngest child, Sean, was school-aged. She then accepted part-time positions which allowed her the flexibility of being home when her children were home from school. Phyllis especially enjoyed her kids summer break from school as they spent time as a family playing board games, telling jokes, family talks and spending time with other family members. Being a Mother was her proudest accomplishment.
Phyllis’ family oriented approach carried over in her involvement with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Phyllis was very involved in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending birthday parties, sporting events, school activities and cried at the high school and/or college graduations of her grandchildren. She was as proud of her grandchildren and great-children as she was of her children.
Phyllis was lovingly called, of course, “Mama”, but also “PJ”, “Grandma” “Grandma Phyllis”, “Granny”, and “Gran-Gran”. Often times, the responsibilities of “Mama” and “Granny” or “Gran-Gran” were blurred for Phyllis. She was so involved and very nurturing to her grandchildren that, for her, she felt fully responsible for their well-being. Her grandchildren adored her and loved spending time with her. She was the “fun” grandmother!
Her grandchildren were impressed by her computer savviness. She had a Facebook account, did limited texting (she knew how to send a text; however, her struggle was knowing when and how to find text messages she received), allow us to now apologize for all unanswered text messages! She played Mahjong on her computer and had every possible variation of the game. A good day for Phyllis was a day spent playing Mahjong, eating fried chicken from KFC, drinking an ice-cold Pepsi through a straw (with her head tilted slightly to the side), and a call or visit from her family.
One thing we could always count on from Phyllis was a very direct, frank and candid opinion (whether you asked for it or not). Her candor is something we all love and appreciate about her. Her grandchildren were amazed with their conversations with Granny and her use of current “lingo” and knowledge of what is current and relevant to their generation. They would use a term and attempt to explain it and Granny would say “I know what that means. You thought your Granny was old-fashioned huh?” They could talk to Granny about the “facts of life” and she would give it to them straight and would not sugar coating her responses.
Those who knew Phyllis knows she was an avid collector of dolls and VHS/DVD’s. She loved and owned dolls from around the world. Whenever someone traveled, she requested they bring her a doll. Her dolls are proudly displayed throughout her home. Her extensive VHS/DVD collection was not on display however because of her concern someone might “borrow” one and not return it. It is easier to get gold from Fort Knox than to borrow one of her DVD’s.
Phyllis had recently discovered new hobbies: playing poker and bingo. Many times, it was hard to reach her by phone because she was in the activity center playing cards, bingo, or poker.
A new “addiction” and this is meant in the true sense of the word, was her addiction to the Home Shopping Channel. Phyllis ordered everything from this network. In fact, she ordered so much and so often, she many times forgot what she ordered and ordered duplicates of items. Upon learning she ordered multiples, she would laugh and say, “Well, I guess it will become a Christmas gift for one of you”.
Phyllis transitioned from labor to reward on December 1, 2017 at the young age of 77 years. Her legacy carries on through her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren through all the life values she instilled in each and every one. Her integrity and values are something we strive to emulate.
Phyllis was preceded in her transition by her Mother, Maxine Fulton Edwards; Father, James Edwards; sons: John Carney and Bryant Ross; brothers: James Edwards and Edward Andrew Edwards.
Phyllis is survived by her sons: Zeto “Vinnie” (Crystal) and Sean Ross; daughters: Linda Dangerfield, and Tammy (Curtis) White; son-in-law, John Dangerfield; sister Mary Jo (James) Reliford (San Francisco, California).
Grandchildren: Robert Anderson (California), Antonio Carney, Tiffany Ross (California), Matthias (Lien) Robinson, Bryant Ross Jr (California), Janelle (Kevin) Dangerfield-Devaney, Antoine (Salena) Ross, Anaise Ross, Courtney Phinney, Junnell Skinner, Christian Skinner, Jazmine Skinner, Jaylynn Skinner.
Great grandchildren: Asya-Di Keele, Jared Anderson, Tanaia Anderson, Courtney Robinson, Kylee Robinson, Aniesa Ross, Elijah Brodie, Janelle Robinson, Janae Robinson, Ja’Niyah Robinson, Bryson Ross, Mariah Robinson, Adair Ross, and Avanii Ross.