Donna J. Ross, age 53, of Newark, passed away, Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Licking Memorial Hospital.
She was born May 14, 1965 in Newark, Ohio. Donna was lovingly raised by Frank Messina and Lois Hottinger who adopted her at a very young age.
She loved her family deeply and especially enjoyed the times spent with her grandchildren. She was a very strong-willed woman who was struggled with diabetes for most of her life. Donna persevered through many difficult times, always with the courage and determination to be there for her family. You could say she was a walking miracle, a true symbol of strength.
She worked at Russ's Auto Sales in Newark for several years and enjoyed meeting and working with all of the different customers on a daily basis. She always greeted everyone with her beautiful smile. It was here Donna made many special friends, whom she held dear to her heart. Donna was also very fond of butterflies and enjoyed a good laugh.
She is survived by her daughter, Tausha N. Ross; three grandchildren, Caleb Cooperrider, Levi Swick and Zayden Ross; former husband, Arthur "Smokey" M. Ross, III; a sister-in-law, Angel (Sonny) Conn; two brothers-in-law, Thomas (Marci) Ross and Michael Nunley; four sisters; Linda Marshana, Renee Watson-Steele, Lori Wolfe-Beyor and Victoria Hottinger; a brother, Terry Hottinger; special nieces, Sarah (Jeremy) Rossiter, Allie (Freddie) Sheets and Makayla Ross; and special nephews, Kenneth Lorenzo, Brendon Nunley and Andy Conn.
Donna was preceded in death by her mother, Lois Hottinger; father, Frank Messina; stepfather, Jerry Hottinger; father-in-law, Arthur "Butch" Ross, Jr.; mother-in-law, Sandra K. Ross; and a stepbrother, Jay Hottinger.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Donna, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at The Newark Church of The Nazarene, 200 South Williams Street, Newark, with Pastor Jennifer Ballenger officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in Donna’s name in care of the funeral home.
The Ross family would like to extend a special thank you to Christina Kidd and Kathy Wright from Columbus Home Health.
The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 North fifth Street, Newark, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Rest In Peace my Friend. You will be missed.
You will definitely be missing by many,I remember a lot of good times thru the years,you were one of a kind always smiling but had your wild side lol.Fly High With the Angels, may you rest in peace. Sorry I didn't visit more. Love you ncuz
Donna was A beautiful person inside and out . Her love for others went above and beyond . I’m sad she is gone but I am glad she is no longer suffering. I will see you again .
Renee and family,
I’m so sorry for your loss of Donna. Continued prayers for all of you in the weeks and months to come. God Bless ?.
Donna was a special person. I enjoyed taking care of her. Prayers to all.