Jeanne Marie Ross, 77, passed away on May 14, 2020 at UC Davis Medical Center, ending a yearlong battle with cancer. She was born on Dec. 19, 1942 where she lived before moving to Berkeley, then to the Chico area in 1948. She attended Durham High School, where she participated in the school band and was elected queen of Durham’s May Day celebration her senior year.
Jeanne moved to Sacramento where she attended college, studying finance and business, and then moved to the Stockton area where she worked at Bank of America and Tilley Lewis Foods. After a reasonably short marriage, she moved to Galt where she started a video business lasting several years. During this same time in Galt, Jeanne ran a construction company and craft store.
Jeanne, who was very loving with a strong character, spread joy and happiness through her infectious laugh, always helping others when she could. She loved baking with others and for family events and holidays, playing games, especially cards, and traveling. She was a member of St. Christopher’s Catholic Church where she participated in several annual functions. Her faith in God was steadfast to the end, which provided peace.
Surviving Jeanne are her son Mark Ross Sr. and two grandchildren, Mark Ross Jr. and Fox Ross; four siblings, Mike Murphy of Chico, Jim Murphy of Chico, Bill Murphy of Eugene, Ore., and Anne Origone of Stockton; as well as several nephews and nieces. Jeanne was predeceased by her parents, Pat and Marian Murphy, and brother Don Murphy.