Published On: Tue, Feb 19th, 2013

Martha Ann Lossiah Ross – obituary

Martha Ann Lossiah Ross, 82, of the Cherokee Community went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 15, 2013 at Tsali Care Center with friends and family by her bedside.

She was the daughter of the late John and Charlotte Welch Lossiah of Cherokee

Martha was retired from Qualla Arts and Crafts and was renowned worldwide for her basketry.  She was a member of Straight Fork Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher teaching many children whom she loved dearly.

She is survived by her children; son Darrell D Ross of the home; daughters, Gwendolyn Locust of the Big Community, Cherokee, Florence Lewis of Dade City, FL and Candy Ross of Clyde; brothers, Jack Lossiah and Willard Lossie; sisters, Maggie Lossiah, Jane Taylor and Dorothy Thompson all of Cherokee; 13 Grandchildren, 24 Great-Grandchildren, Five Great-Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents she is preceded in death by two brothers Woodrow and Noah Lossiah.  A visitation was held at the Straight Fork Baptist Church in the Big Cove Community on Sunday, Feb. 17 and lasting till the hour of service at 2pm on Monday, Feb. 18. Pastor Charles Ray Ball officiated.  An immediate burial followed the service with the nephews acting as the Pall Bearers. 

Bruce Martin, Jr., of Long House Funeral Home and grandson to Martha, assisted the family in the service  arrangements.

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