, Salem, MA

April 5, 2013

Marjorie Jean (Palin) Ross, 78

Milton, NH — Marjorie Jean (Palin) Ross, age 78, wife of John R. Ross of Milton, N.H., died on April 3, 2013. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by husband of 60 years and her children.

Marjorie was born in New Britain, Conn., on Sept. 8, 1934. She is survived by her husband John R. Ross and two sisters, Doris Myslak of Newington, Conn., and Diane Bosse of Highland, N.Y.

Marjorie met her lifetime love John R. Ross and was wed on Oct. 4, 1953. Together they carved out a life that included seven children, Judith A. Savignano of Dover, N.H.; John C. Ross and his partner. Victoria Dilling of Wolfeboro, N.H.; Elizabeth J. Ross of Danvers, Mass.; Margaret M. Dufour and her husband, George of Methuen, Mass.; Michael F. Ross and his wife Flynn of Westbrook, Maine; Charles D. Ross of Lawrence, Mass.; and MaryKate Ross and her partner, Calvin Anderson of Peabody, Mass.

Marjorie was the proud grandmother of 10 who affectionately referred to her as “Griggie.” They are:, Brian and Marissa Savignano, Zachary, Benjamin, and Maisie Ross, John Michael Ross, Christopher and Mathew Ross, Darcy and Dorianne Ross.

Upon her husband Jack’s retirement from New England Power Co. in 1985, the couple made their way north to their lakeside retreat in Milton, N.H. They tended a glorious garden and hosted many family celebrations, especially the epic kick ball game of 2012. Marge and Jack celebrated a magnificent 50th wedding anniversary with extended family and friends, old and new, an event they talked about for many years after.

Marjorie’s family always came first. With determination to finish what she started many years earlier, Marjorie earned her high school diploma on New Year’s Eve 2001. During her studies, she tutored and encouraged fellow classmates.

Marjorie was the ultimate caretaker. She fostered many along her life’s path. She had a calming nature, was compassionate for the ailing, a champion of children, generous to those less fortunate, and unwavering in her defense of those not able to stand up for themselves. She deeply loved her family and was dedicated to her life’s work as a mother, grandmother, guardian, mentor, sister, and friend. Marjorie’s devotion reflected her faith in God.

When Jack was diagnosed with dementia, Marjorie took on his illness with fearless resolve, patience and grace, despite her own diagnosis of what would eventually take her very cherished life. Marjorie’s life was so utterly broad in scope, mere paragraphs cannot tell its entirety. She will be greatly missed and her legacy of caring, generosity, laughter, and compassion will persevere.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held on Monday, April 8, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St. (corner of North Street), Salem, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 15 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Murphy Funeral Home. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. In lieu of flowers, please practice a random act of kindness and pay it forward. For online guest book or additional information, please call 978-744-0497, or visit