Robena Ross - Austin Funeral & Cremation Services

Robena Ross

Born: November 16, 1924
Died: November 20, 2018
Current City: Franklin, Tennessee

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Honoring Robena Ross

Robena Miles Ross passed away November 20, 2018, in Nashville, TN at the age of 94. She is preceded in death by her husband of sixty-one years, Robert Frederick Ross, her parents Horace Edward Miles and Louise Edmondson Miles, and her brother Dale Miles. She is survived by her children Rosalynn (Jim) Kennedy, Atlanta, GA; Robert Ross, Jr., Frankfurt, Germany; Randall (Beth) Ross, Nashville, TN; Reneta (Holice) Gilliland, Franklin, TN; devoted daughter-in-law Bettina Ross, Frankfurt, Germany; eight grandchildren, Zachary Kennedy, Gainesville, FL.; Claire Kennedy, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Caroline Ross, Frankfurt, Germany; Anna Maria Ross, Hamburg, Germany; Preston (Stephanie) Ross, Tampa, FL; Meagan Ross, Santa Anna, CA.; McKenzie Ross, Manning, SC; Steven (Ali) Halbert, Franklin, TN.; and 3 great-granddaughters, Nova and Stella Ross, and Mila Halbert. She is also survived by her sisters, Fannie Louise Miles and Nellie Killebrew.

Robena grew up in Nashville, graduated from Hillsboro High School, and attended Peabody College. While attending college, she met Bob Ross at Vanderbilt University and they married in 1948. Robena was a homemaker extraordinaire establishing twelve different homes throughout the years, as Bob’s career took them from Nashville to North Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, finally back to Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin. After settling in Nashville, she worked at Vanderbilt in the pathology department, was active in the Martin Center in Brentwood, and enjoyed The Rose Society. She was a member of Brentwood United Methodist Church and was a member of the Robert I. Moore class.

Robena had an honest love of knowledge and healthy curiosity for the differences of others’ life paths. These traits were never better illustrated then when a flower show competition found Robena putting together her entry at the last minute. She solicited the opinion of the custodian preparing the event space and incorporated his suggestions with her vision. The judging followed, and “their” entry won First Place! From this and myriad other examples her children learned that all people have value as worthwhile individuals.

Before the labels of “overachiever” & “multi-tasker” came in to popular use, Robena was both. This was never more clear than, with four children under 12, she entered a Vogue sewing contest. Having made a lined, black & white hounds tooth coat and matching cocktail dress, she again won a First!

Robena loved to travel, both domestically and internationally. Her children and grandchildren inherited this spirit of adventure, actively seeking opportunity and adventure across the country and the world, becoming “active world citizens”.

Growing up, home was always a wonderfully warm and welcoming environment. Our Mother was God’s gift of love to us; it is her essence that she will always be present in our lives. For this, we will remain eternally grateful.

We would like to express our appreciation to the Pals at Belmont Village and to the Caris Hospice nurses for their tender love and care for our mom. Also, we are forever grateful to Sue Sharber for her excellent care, kindness, love , dedication and devotion she gave mom for six years.

A service will be held at a later date. Memorials in Robena’s name may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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