Cherished mother and grandmother, Betty Anne Ross, age 90, passed away August 13, 2022 surrounded with love at the home of her son in West Jordan after a short stint with respiratory issues.
Betty Anne was born on May 4th, 1932 to Edward and Elma Anderson in Salt Lake City, Utah. Betty was the 4th of 6 children born during the depression when times were difficult. When the young family struggled to make ends meet they moved to Kanab Utah where Betty learned the value of hard work very early in life.
Betty married Paul Sturzenegger in 1948, and soon gave birth to the true loves of her life, her children Peggy Anne and Paul Samuel Struzenegger. Betty was a devoted mother who worked full time at Varian for over 30 years while raising her family. Paul and Betty later divorced and she married Donald Ross in 1964.
Betty was the definition of tenacious, although she had a rough start in life she was a survivor who didn’t let anything slow her down. Betty had a green thumb, her home was filled with plants and she enjoyed growing large gardens each year and canning her yield to last through years to come. She loved to cook for her family and friends; you never left her home hungry. She was strong willed and very independent, a gun toting granny who tilled her own garden and mowed her own lawn right up to 90 years old.
Betty’s heart was made of gold, charitable to the end, and accepting of all. She loved her family immensely and if you were painting your house or building anything, Betty was on the ladder next to you. Later in life Betty found great joy in her weekly visits to Wendover where she won over the staff and regularly made new friends.
Preceded in death by her husband, her beautiful daughter Peggy Kohkonen, daughter-in-law Ireta Neumann, granddaughter Erin Neumann, parents and four of her siblings, sisters Margaret Lavern and Carol Jeannine, along with brothers Edward Abner and Richard Mace Anderson.
She leaves behind her devoted son Paul, son-in-law Terry Kohkonen, 3 grandchildren Sheli (Spencer) Dowdie, Jeff (Maureen) Wilkerson, and Ryan (Mindy) Ericksen. 4 Great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her sister Ingrid Pacheco, and a very special niece Debbie Garner. She will be dearly missed.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, August 22, 2022 at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 S.), Sandy.