Biography: “Do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in GOD, believe also in me. My Father’s House has many rooms. If that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” Doretha Ross affectionately known as “Doe-Doe” by her brother Stanley and “Retha” by her grandson Brandon, was born on December 22nd, 1940 in Sumter, South Carolina. She was the loving daughter of the late Stanyarne Ross and Ruth Lee Keith Ross. She took her wings on Friday, November 23rd, 2018.
She came to New York City as a young girl, where she continued her education and would eventually become a Dietician at Memorial Sloan Kettering, where she was employed for over 30 years. Doretha Ross was a tough cookie and took no mess from anyone, but she had a heart of gold. When she loved you, she loved you wholeheartedly. She was an avid card player, and she enjoyed hosting card and pokeno night with her uncles and sisters. She wasn’t known to surround herself with a flock of friends, but the friends that she did have were ones that she held near and dear to her heart. Her circles was small which was a select few from work and of course her childhood friends. She would often say “that’s all I need!”
Doretha’s world and entire existence were her daughter Pamela and her three grandchildren Brandon, Kayla, and DJ. They could do no wrong and she loved them with everything she was, sometimes to a fault. Her love didn’t stop there because she was also a loving sister, aunt, and great-aunt. She was considered the matriarch of the family once her beloved mother preceded her in death. Typical Doretha style, she left the world as she lived in it, on her own terms. She went along to be with her parents, Stanyarne and Ruth Ross; her brothers, Albert and Arthur Ross. She survived by her daughter Pamela Bass; three grandchildren, Brandon Sullivan, Kayla Donovan, and Mondo (DJ) Donovan; one great-grandchild “to be”; uncle, George Ross; Aunts, Eva Rodriguez and Janie Keith; brother, Stanley Ross (sister-in-law Julie Ross); sisters, Bertha Scrivens and Rosemarie Maine (brother-in-law William Maine); and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.