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March 22, 1950 ~ November 11, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Sara Nora Ross, 73, of Ogden, died in the evening on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
There will be a visitation on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 4-6 pm at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St, Champaign with the Rosary service beginning at 6pm. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 16 at 10am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 708 W. Main, Urbana. Sara will be cremated after the Mass and her cremated remains will be buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in a ceremony next week.
Sara was born on March 22, 1950 in Pennsylvania to Charles and Frances (Leaman) Donelson. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Alan Donelson.
She is survived by her 3 children, Joan Crist (Josef Dou), Paul Ross and Charles Ross; her sister, Cecilia (John) Geist and her grandchildren, Willy, Jack, Katie and Taylor.
In her early years, Sara worked as a self-employed CPA. She was active in her parish (St. Andrews) where she created the youth program and was a Jesuit Spiritual Director.
She later earned a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialty in Psychology and Conflict Resolution. She became a professor and program director at Antioch University and was a consultant for local government issues. Sara was also a co-editor for an academic journal, she completed her last edit just weeks before her death.