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Amy Kay Ross

Obituary for Amy Kay (Pickerell) Ross

Amy RossGod gave this world a special gift on Christmas Eve, 1944 when Amy Kay Pickerell was born to Lawrence Worthy Pickerell and Amy Marie (Brown) Pickerell in Omaha Nebraska. She went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ, her sister Sherry and her mother and father, on December 4, 2015 after a two-year-long brave battle with brain cancer. She lived a full and fascinating life loving and blessing everyone she encountered along the way.

World War II ended soon after her birth so her father moved his family to Longmont, Colorado where Amy completed grade School, Junior High School and graduated from Longmont High School in 1962. As a grade-schooler she endured a year-long battle with Amy Kay Pickerell Rossrheumatic fever and won, partly because she was one of the first patients in Longmont medical history to receive a new miracle drug called penicillin.

Amy’s love for music started in her youth. When she was a high school sophomore she won the auditions to sing with The Rhythm-aires, the popular Longmont High School swing band and orchestra. 

The Pickerell family was always active at First Christian Church in Longmont, now known of as LifeBridge Longmont. If the church was open the Pickerell family was in attendance. 

Amy was active in the church and her youth group and loved to sing. She gave her life to Christ as a young girl and was baptized in the church. Upon graduation from high school she attended Nebraska Christian College in Norfolk, Nebraska where her sisterRon Ross, Ronald D. Ross, Amy Ross Sherry was already a student. As a freshman she met Ronald Dean Ross, fell in love with him, and they were joined in holy matrimony at First Christian Church in Longmont, Colorado on August 4, 1963. At the time Ron was a student at Nebraska Christian College and a student minister.

They started a family with the birth of their first son, David Lloyd, born June 18, 1964. In 1965 Ron graduated from Bible College and they were called to full-time ministry at First Christian Church in Glasco, Kansas.

While there she gave birth to their only daughter, Jennifer Nell, born in Concordia, Kansas on February 1, 1966. 

 At the young age of 22 and as the mother of two toddlers, she hosted ten members Ron Ross, David Ross, Amy Rossof her immediate family for Thanksgiving dinner in the small parsonage in Glasco, Kansas. Her paternal grandparents, parents, siblings and family members feasted on her lovingly cooked and served full-board turkey dinner with all the trimmings. It was the first evidence that hospitality would beAmy Kay Ross her marquee spiritual gift.

That same year Ron and Amy were called to become missionaries in Zambia. In 1967 they sold all their furniture and many personal items at auction and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska for several months while they raised financial support for their ministry. Later in 1967 they said goodbye to their family and friends at the Omaha Airport, and with their two small children in tow, flew to Lusaka, Zambia. 

Upon arrival in Zambia they spent their first night in a mud and grass hut where they stayed for a few weeks until other living arrangements were made. They later moved to Livingstone, Zambia to continue their church-planting ministry. 
Amy Kay Ross, Lawrence Michael Ross
On July 14, 1969 Amy gave birth to their third child Lawrence Michael in the Livingstone Zambia General Hospital. 

While in Zambia she continued to develop her spiritual gift of hospitality by becoming the “hostess with the mostest.” She entertained a continuous flow of guests in her home in Livingstone where she became famous for her wonderful meals that usually concluded with her special secret recipe of chocolate brownie pudding topped with ice cream.

The family returned to the USA ending their missionary service 1973. Amy was an exemplary and well-loved pastor’s wife for 9 years as Ron served as Senior Pastor at Wildewood Christian Church in Ralston, Nebraska. While in Omaha she graduated from Patricia Stevens College with a secretarial certificate and served as church secretary for several years. 

Some years later Amy and Ron were called to the position of interim organizing pastor of Parker EvangelicalRon Ross, Ronald D. Ross, Dr. Ron Ross, Amy Ross Presbyterian Church in Parker, Colorado. To do her part to help build the church on a firm foundation, she made it her goal to have every family in the church at her home for dinner and achieved that goal though it took several months and great effort.

Over the years Amy also served as a church secretary, a long-time secretary for Royal Insurance in Denver, and always a devoted partner to her husband and his pursuits.

Amy blessed many lives in many different places and in a variety of ways. She was known for her cheerful countenance, sharp-witted humor, loving spirit, strong character, deep faith, exceptional gift of hospitality, lovely flower gardens, beautifully decorated homes, and finally, great courage as she endured the ravages of brain cancer. This lovely lady was a lover of everything good and praiseworthy.

Amy and her beloved husband Ron were married almost 53 years. Throughout their travels Ron and Amy spentRon Ross, Amy Ross the night in at least 107 different towns, villages and cities throughout 17 different countries and all but three states. 

Amy was there when they met personally with President Gerald Ford and newsman Paul Harvey, and a variety of African tribal headmen and chiefs. She dined with ambassadors and drank tea with impoverished villagers. Together Ron and Amy prayed with the lost and praised with the found, wept through dark times of sorrow and woe, and laughed through good times of delight and adventure.

She was an admirable help-meet to her husband, a superb mother who was loved and respected by her children, and a proud grandmother and great-grandmother. Amy cherished her flower garden, cared for her always beautifully decorated homes, enjoyed Agatha Christie novels, and music by Barbra Streisand. 

Ron Ross, Ronald D. Ross, Amy RossShe was preceded in death by her father and mother, Lawrence and Amy Pickerell and by her beautiful sister Sherry who was taken by cancer at the age of 29. She is survived by her husband Ron, their oldest son David Lloyd both of whom live in Loveland, Colorado; their middle child Jennifer Sapp-Orozco who lives in Santa Theresa, New Mexico; and their youngest child, Lawrence Michael who lives in Leesburg, Florida. She is survived by four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by two brothers, Dr. Robert Lawrence Pickerell and Douglas Allen Pickerell of Ankeny, Iowa, many cousins, nieces and nephews too numerous to mention as well as a myriad of friends and loved ones around the world.

Ask anyone who ever knew her and they will verify that Amy, throughout her almost 71 year journey here on earth, never had an enemy - NEVER. Everyone who ever met her loved her. She personified the old song, “Once in love with Amy, always in love with Amy.”

For the last few months of her life Ron and Amy listened often to a song by Barbra Streisand that spoke to them as they reviewed their five-plus decades together. Here the words of that song and you will see why it meant so much to them. 

"What Matters Most" (Click to hear Barbra sing the song)

Lyrics by Dave Grusin

It's not how long we held each other's hand
What matters is how well we loved each other
It's not how far we traveled on our way or what we found to say
It's not the spring you see but all the shades of green

It's not how long I held you in my arms
What matters is how sweet the years together
It's not how many summer times we had to give to fall
The early morning smiles we tearfully recall
What matters most is that we loved at all

A few weeks before Amy's death I wrote her a poem that became the lyrics to a song titled One More Day. The music was composed by her nephew, Adam Price. It is performed in this video by a studio in Serbia.

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