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Martha Pangburn Douglas Ross, 94, of Ashland, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.
Mrs. Ross was born Nov. 14,1923, in Mt. Sterling, the daughter of the late Lindsey Russell Douglas and Pauline Pangburn Douglas.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, David G. DuKet, who was a fighter pilot in World War II and was killed in action in 1945; her second husband of 56 years, Thomas Redmond Ross, who died in 2002; her son, Thomas Redmond Ross Jr, of Jacksonville, Fla., who died in 2012; and her niece, Nancy Graham Douglas Williams (Terry) of Winchester, who died in 2016.
Martha was a graduate of Mr. Sterling High School and attended Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va. She worked at Montgomery National Bank until she married David and after his death, she worked at Exchange Bank until she married Tom.
Martha was a member of Poage Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, where she served as Regent of the Chapter and in other Chapter offices. She was State Regent of Kentucky Society and was elected Vice President General of the National Society. She was a member of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, where she served the Col. Thomas Ballard Chapter as President. She went on to serve as Kentucky State President and then as President General of the National Society. She was a member of National Huguenot Society, Plantagenet Society, Society of the Magna Charta Dames and Barons, Colonial Order of the Crown of Charlemagne, United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Sovereign Colonial Society Americans of Royal Descent, and the Gavel Club.
She was a past member of National Society Colonial Dames of America, National Society of New England Women, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, National Society of United States Daughters of 1812, and National Society Southern Dames of America.
She was a Kentucky Colonel.
Martha was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church, where she served as secretary for 23 years. She served as president of the Episcopal Church Women, president of St. Martha's Guild, a member of St. Elizabeth's Guild, and an acolyte mother and a Sunday school teacher.
She worked as a secretary at Ashland Oil before becoming secretary at Calvary.
She is survived by her son, J. Douglas Ross (Mary) of Bowling Green; her daughter, Martha Lindsey Ross Cooke of Ashland; her daughter-in-law, Linda Ross of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren, Sydney Bryan Cooke Jr. (Tara) of Mobile, Ala., Lindsey Cooke Cotton (Randy) of Mobile, Ala., John D. Ross Jr. (Kim)
of Russellville, James W Ross (Raina) of Clarksville, Ind., Megan Ross Hawkins (Jeff) of Erie, Colo. and T.R. Ross Jr. of Little Rock, Ark.; ten great-grandchildren; and five nephews, Albert Douglas of Mt. Sterling, Tom Douglas Jr. of Louisville, Charles Douglas of Mt. Sterling, Lindsey Douglas III of Yakima, Wash., and Taylor Douglas of Bend, Ore.
Per her wishes, Martha is being cremated and a memorial service will be at Calvary Episcopal Church at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Calvary Episcopal Church General Fund.
Published on December 30, 2017
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