Cathe Mae Ross was born in Seattle (Ballard), Washington, on November 9, 1946. She went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2023, one week after she turned 77. Cathe and her husband, Bob Ross, have served the Lord together for 58 years. Cathe grew up in the bay area of California from third grade on. She met her husband in high school in San Leandro, California, whom she married on January 30, 1965. Their life adventure together began in California, continued to Hyles-Anderson College in Indiana, helped with church planting around the USA and Canada, moved to Oklahoma where they worked with youth for 31 years, transferred to Texas as pastor and pastor's wife for 7 years, and currently were traveling around the country in evangelism. Since August of 2011, they have lived in Mesquite, Texas. She battled with cancer twice. She was a godly and beloved wife, mother, sister, teacher, friend, servant, pastor's wife, and Christian. She taught many Bible classes in her life, from Sunday School as a newlywed to women's classes in Bible college in her middle age years to a lady's class later. She occasionally spoke for ladies meetings and enjoyed studying her Bible and preparing lessons. She loved all things beautiful and spread beauty everywhere she went. She made the world a more beautiful place for those near her. Her hands were busy serving, preparing, cleaning, or making something for someone. Many of her family members inherited her love of music. She had a soft spot in her heart for the Deaf and had a desire to communicate with them which drove her to learn sign language in her later years. Her family was her life, and her influence permeates their lives today. She was a unique person. She welcomed adventure, choosing rather to video the tornado coming down the street rather than shelter from it. J She knew how to be a straight shooter yet bless people. Her favorite holiday was Christmas, and she enjoyed going all out. Her surroundings included both beautiful things and humorous; she loved that balance. Many remember her for her warm smile, soft voice, and kind words. Her happiest times were with her husband to whom she felt truly blessed to be married. When asked what word best described her life, her response was the word "fulfilled." Her life's desire was to pass on two legacies. The first was that what she did in life - though seemingly small in the eyes of most - was what the Lord wanted her to do. The second was that her daughters, whom she dearly loved, would be an example for others to follow. She found great joy and peace in knowing she and her husband were in the Lord's will and that each of her daughters was serving Him.
Cathe was preceded in death by both her maternal and paternal grandparents; Fred and Serelda Gentry of Nebraska, and Silas and Ethel Harsell of Hamilton, Montana; her parents Silas and Gwendolyn Harsell of Missoula, Montana; her sister Beverly Heiser of Hayward, California; sister Kay Brown of San Jose, California; and her daughter Catherine Hudson, who served as a missionary's wife 16 years in Kiev, Ukraine.
Cathe is survived by Robert Arnold Ross, Jr., her high school sweetheart and husband of 58 years.
Cathe is survived by her daughters, Cindy Maulsby and husband David of Cypress, Texas; Nancy Jackson and husband Tony of Paris, Texas; Emily Hanson and husband Caleb of
Rochester, Minnesota; as well as her honorary son Matt Hudson and wife Johanna of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Cathe is survived by 17 grandchildren; Heather Aker (Clayton) of Arlington, Texas, Kyle Jackson (Justine) of Paris, Texas; Jesse Jackson (Charity) of Arlington, Texas; Ashley Weaver (Jeremy) of Kentucky; Drew Maulsby (Jessica) of Nacogdoches, Texas; Tyler Jackson (Patricia) of Watauga, Texas; Cory Jackson (Ruth) of Powderly, Texas; Lauren Jackson (Jessica) of Jacksonville, Florida; Daniel Hudson (Anna) of Alburquerque, New Mexico; Rachel, Deborah, and Lydia Hudson, all of Albuquerque, New Mexico; David, Joshua, Cherith, Nathan, and Crystal Hanson, all of Rochester, Minnesota.
Cathe is survived by 16 great grandchildren.
Cathe is survived by one sister, Judy Pendleton of Pahrump, Nevada, and two brothers; Dennis and Rodney Harsell both of Missoula, Montana.
Cathe is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Her husband called her "Hon." Her daughters called her "Mom." Her grandchildren called her "Grandma." Her great grandchildren called her "GG Ma." Whatever she was called, she was the nucleus of our family. She was the center of it all. May her legacy be the one we allow to guide us all through the days of our life. She built that legacy walking with the Lord in the light of His precious Word