Obituary of Harriet Ross

Harriet Ann Ross, age 93, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in Ft. Scott.  She was born November 27, 1929, in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Lancelot Jameison and Ivalu Thompson Jamieson.  Harriet graduated high school in Prairie Village, Kansas and went on to graduate from Park College in Kansas City.

Harriet loved dancing.  In earlier years she danced professionally and also taught ballet and tap dancing.  She married William L. Ross on May 14, 1955.  As Bill was an air traffic controller, Harriet followed him around the world where he was employed at various airports.  Harriet and Bill made their home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Puerto Rico; Panama; Nashville, Tennessee and Wichita, Kansas.

Harriet had been employed for TWA, and as a district manager for Sarah Coventry costume jewelry, and as an office manager for various psychologists.  Following retirement, they moved to Florida.  While living in Florida, Harriet’s love of dance was rekindled, and she organized and taught a dancing group that performed at various community events.  Later in life, Bill and Harriet relocated to Ft. Scott, Kansas to be near family.

Survivors include her husband of sixty-eight years, William, of the home; a son, Mike Ross (Mimi) of Ft. Scott, Kansas and two grandchildren, Krista Park (Matt) and Luke Ross and four great-grandchildren, Jovie, Kenley, Noble and Kansas Park.  Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Willow Ross of Wichita, Kansas.

Harriet was preceded in death by a son, Steven Ross, her parents, and an infant sister, Janet.

Following cremation, burial will take place at a later date at the Liberty Cemetery in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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