Geraldine Ross

Geraldine Ross

Geraldine Ross, age 76, passed away peacefully at Edmonds Swedish Hospital in Edmonds, WA. Her husband and her primary care physician were at her side. Her death was attributed to cancer of her lungs and liver, which was discovered recently.

She was born in Little Falls, NY, where she attended St. Mary’s Academy. Her parents were John and Florence Reardon. Because her father was in the Air Force, she attended schools at many locations. She graduated from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, WA, in 1965, where she wrote for the school newspaper and participated in debates. An early job found her working as a reporter for the Buffalo Evening News.

Geraldine was an avid reader and writer. She always loved a good mystery. She once acquired 10,000 books in a single purchase! Her secretarial and artistic skills were above reproach. Geraldine was a fan of and donor to local theater.

She attended courses in speech pathology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She also took classes at Portland State University. She had been an active member of Stonecroft Ministries.

In the 70s, she joined Zygo Industries in Portland, OR, as its marketing director. Zygo manufactured and distributed augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) equipment, which was sold internationally. In her role, she designed all the printed marketing materials for the company. She traveled extensively as a conference speaker and a presenter to describe and demonstrate her company’s products. She also traveled abroad to meet with foreign manufacturers whose products her company distributed.

Geraldine is survived by her husband, Alfred Ross, and three siblings: Kathleen Swiadek, John Reardon, and Shirley Dooley.

Per her wishes, Geraldine will be interred at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR, at a date to be announced.