Merced Evening Sun (Merced, CA) Monday, Oct. 1, 1917

PIONEER OF MERCED DIES IN SPOKANE

Mrs. Modest Love Ross, aged mother of Mrs. Calalina Ingalsbe of this city, and an early resident of Merced county, died in Spokane, Wash., at noon last Saturday after a decline of several months during which she was a victim of paralysis. Owing to the advanced age of the patient, death was regarded as but a matter of time, and recently Mrs.Ingalsbe made a trip to Spokane to visit her. The death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Modest Harlow and Miss Pink Ross, with whom she had made her residence for many years.

Mrs. Ross was a native of New Madrid, Missouri, and was 88 years of age. At the age of 15 she was married in her native state to James W. Ruddle, brother of John Ruddle, the veteran settler of Hopeton, now of Santa Cruz. After their marriage the couple crossed the plains to California, and settled in this county. After the death of Mr. Ruddle, the widow married Samuel H.P. Ross, also a rancher of the Hopeton country, who later figured prominently in the politics of the county, and held public office here for a number of years. Some years after the death of Mr. Ross, the widow continued to reside in Merced, but left here over twenty years ago for the north. About eight years ago she made her last visit with relatives in Merced.

Surviving are four daughters; Mrs. Modest Harlow and Miss Pink Ross, Spokane, Washington; Mrs. Alice Turner, San Francisco; and Mrs. Catalina Ingalsbe, Merced.

The remains of deceased will be cremated in Seattle.

Transcribed by: Alma Stone