Alvah Matilda Grover 376
- Born: 12 Aug 1889, Hamilton, Ravalli, Montana, USA 377
- Marriage: Homer Winfield Ross on 16 Jun 1912 in Hamilton, Ravalli, Montana, USA 306,375
- Died: 15 Sep 1973, Kirkland, King, Washington, USA at age 84
- Buried: North City, King, Washington, USA
Ancestral File Number: 18CC-PQD.
Homer Winfield Ross, adoptive father of Joyce, was born 4 Jul 1883 in Hanging Rock, Lawrence county, Ohio and left home with only the clothes on his back on his 21st birthday (his father, a Civil War veteran, desired it should be so!). After a sojourn in Alaska's gold fields, he migrated to Montana. In the Missoula area, he met Alvah, then a clerk in a title insurance agency in town. Alvah Matilda Grover was born 12 Aug 1889 in Hamilton, Ravalli county, "when Montana was still a Territory", daughter of Henry Grover and Mary Elizabeth McMurry, of whom you know. They were married in a surprise backyard ceremony by Alvah's Methodist pastor on 16 Jun 1912 in Hamilton. There is a possibility that the Henry Grover family, including Alvah, may have LDS connections prior to about 1906; but at the time of her marriage, Alvah was a staunch Methodist, having served as Sunday school teacher and Epworth League organizer.
After Joyce's adoption was finalized the Rosses moved to Kirkland, King county, Washington, where Homer continued his usual occupation, laundry and dry cleaning. "Ross the Cleaner" was established on Market Street for many years, and the entire family worked in the drycleaning plant. The fumes from the chemicals would take their toll on the family's health. Homer would die of colon cancer, possibly related to chemical exposure, on 30 Jan 1966 in Kirkland. Alvah would die 15 Sep 1973 (after being quite demented from 1969, possibly Altzheimer's or possibly from inhaling carbon tetrachloride). The fumes straightened Joyce's hair and made much of it fall out, and no doubt contributed to her susceptibility to COPD; it also made her asthmatic. After selling the drycleaning plant in the early 1950s, Homer worked briefly for Boeing, long enough to earn a pension, which he was receiving at the time of his death. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family gathering. In the 1940s the Rosses affiliated with the Congregational Church and both Homer and Alvah had their memorial services in that church, located just blocks from their home on Seventh Avenue in Kirkland. Additionally, Homer and Alvah maintained their ties from Hamilton with the Masonic fraternities. Homer was both a Mason and a member of Eastern Star, and Alvah was vehemently Eastern Star. They were past matron and patron of the Kirkland chapter. Homer's will, open and shut non-intervention, was probated in King county. Alvah's estate was open for years in King County as part of a living trust agreement. Their cremated remains were returned to a common urn at Acacia Mausoleum, a Masonic cemetery at North City (Shoreline/Seattle), King county, Washington. 375
Noted events in her life were:
• Census: Age 40, birth MT, 2 Apr 1930, Seattle, King, Washington, USA. 79 Ross, Homer W, age 46, birth OH, delivery man, laundry
Ross, Alvah M, age 40, birth MT
Ross, Kenneth G, age 13, birth MT
Ross, Joyce F, age 6, birth WA
Waddell, Stanley A, age 20, birth MT, nephew, salesman, refrigerators
Alvah married Homer Winfield Ross, son of William Ross and Florence Orstly, on 16 Jun 1912 in Hamilton, Ravalli, Montana, USA 306.,375 (Homer Winfield Ross was born on 4 Jul 1883 in Hanging Rock, Lawrence, Ohio, USA, died on 30 Jan 1966 in Kirkland, King, Washington, USA and was buried in North City, King, Washington, USA.)