Sarah Ross

Obituary of Sarah Ross

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Sarah "Sally" Anne Ross, most-loved wife, mother, and sister; avid quilter, singer, and writer; and all-around sweetest of friends, died on April 23rd, 2014, of breast cancer. "I learned a long time ago that being there for your loved ones is the most important thing you can do," has said Sally. She seemingly effortlessly made her corner of the world a better place by bringing her wisdom and love to all her interactions. Sally lived a creative life, from writing a book in the early 80s, Historic Texas Hotels and Country Inns (a thinly veiled excuse to travel all of Texas), to hand-crafting her daughters' costumes and holiday dresses, and preparing unique dishes for any and all holidays, no matter how small. Despite an overflowing quilt room and active quilt projects dating back decades, she was always plotting her next quilt, thanks to inspiration from her friends at the Turtle Creek Quilt Guild. Born May 23rd, 1946, in Exeter, New Hampshire, and growing up on her family's farm in East Kingston, Sally learned how to make mouthwatering pies at the drop of a hat, which, despite her best intentions, led to a 2:1 pie-to-person ratio every Thanksgiving. She was a marvelous cook who insisted on whole foods, grew a garden every year, would buy 70 lbs of blueberries at once (yes, lbs), and only burned holes through her pots every other year. Her daughters fervently hope she never found out they ever used a mix. Sally was committed to building a supportive church community. She was an active member of the Princeton United Methodist Church, sang soprano for the choir, served on numerous committees, assisted with countless fundraisers, and did practically everything but preach. Sally received her BA in Sociology from Lake Forest College in 1968. Sally moved to Houston, TX, in 1970, where she started her editing and writing career as a proofreader for NASA. There she also met her husband-to-be, Charles Phillips, in 1978. They married June 14th, 1980, and had two daughters before moving to West Windsor, New Jersey in 1989. More recently she worked as a medical editor for Bristol Myers Squibb and Rosetta. Some people are so wonderful they make the world a better place with their presence alone. Some people actively work to make it a better place. Sally was a special breed that did both, and her loss will be deeply felt by her family and her community. She is survived by her daughters, Claire M. Phillips of Washington, D.C., and Grace C. Phillips of Dunedin, New Zealand; her husband, Charles Phillips of West Windsor, NJ; her step-son, Andrew Phillips of New Orleans, LA; her sister, Nancy Allen of Lawrenceville, GA; and her brother, Donald Ross of East Kingston, NH. Calling hours: Saturday, April 26th, 3-5 pm, Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton, NJ. Funeral: Monday, April 28th, 11 am Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Princeton United Methodist Church or the United Front Against Riverblindness.
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