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MESA, Ariz. - Mesa resident Sherrie Ross passed away May 6, 2003, in her home. Sherrie had lived in Mesa for eight years and was working for AT&T at the time of her death. Funeral services were provided by Mechler Mortuary Chapel of the Roses in Mesa, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. A memorial service is tentatively scheduled Aug. 4, in Laurel, Mont.

Sherrie was born Oct. 18, 1949, to Wayne and Marion Manchester Gilbert in the cab of a truck that was stuck in a snowdrift while they were en route to the hospital in Central Montana. She was 10 days old before she made it into Conrad Memorial Hospital. Sherrie and her family moved from the Conrad area in 1954 to Hobson, Mont., and in 1960, she moved again to Roundup, Mont., where she graduated from high school.

In 1967, she married Larry Ross of Roundup. Sherrie was injured in a car accident in 1970, which left her in a wheelchair for the next 33 years. In 1972, Sherrie and Larry moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where Larry was employed in the oil fields. Sherrie had a son, Michael, in 1976, despite doctor's recommendations, and the family continued to live in Anchorage until 1982. Sherrie and Michael relocated to Laurel, where she returned to college and earned her CPA degree. She also taught accounting at Billings Business College. After surviving breast cancer in the early '90s, Sherrie moved to Arizona for a warmer climate.

It was often said of Sherrie that she accomplished more from her wheelchair than many of us did standing up. She was small in stature, but mighty in her accomplishments! Sherrie was a loving daughter, mother, sister, aunt and friend who will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Sherrie was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Gilbert; and her mother, Marion Manchester Gilbert, both of Roundup. She is survived by her son, Michael Ross of Anchorage; her brother and sister-in-law, James and Rosemary Gilbert of Anchorage; brother, Ronald Gilbert of Roundup; nephew and nieces, Rodney, Katie and Lexi; former husband Larry Ross; his extended family; and many other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, 500 Morris Ave., Springfield, NJ 07081.

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