Patricia W. Ross
April 16, 1949 ~ May 11, 2023
She had many names, "Mom", "Mommy", "Ma", "Glam-Ma", "Trish", "Aunt Patricia", and "The Colonel." She was loved, respected and admired by all who had the privilege of being graced with her presence. These included, family, friends, soldiers, Generals, patients (young and old alike).
Her faith, her upbringing, her education, and her love of country shaped her into the successful professional she would blossom to be. Patricia graduated from G.W. Carver High School in 1967 and went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina A&T. After graduation she would eventually join the US Army Nurse Corps as a 2nd LT. She served in many duty stations from Korea, San Antonio, Frankfurt, Germany, Fort Bragg, NC, to Tucson AZ. While in Arizona she continued her academic success by earning her Master's Degree from the University of Arizona. Her tour of duty took her back to Frankfurt where she served at the 97th General Hospital, followed by Ft. Meade, MD and finally she retired after a tour of duty in Honolulu, Hawaii at the rank of Full-Bird Colonel. The Colonel spent over 30 years serving her country with dignity, respect, and honor.
Along the way she married US Army rotary wing pilot, Delors Ross, CW5, (Ret) and they shared sons, Shanquito Carpenter and Derek Ross.
After Glam-Ma's military career ended she moved to Jackson, Mississippi where she started her own legal consultant company called Front Line Medical Legal Consulting Services. She was one of the first private contractors to work with Johnny Cochran as he opened a law office in Jackson.There she worked for over 15 years as a legal nurse consultant, advising and testifying on over hundreds of health malpractice litigations. She would review the documents and give her best opinions in open court. She blazed a trail for nurses to continue utilizing their skills outside of the usual scenarios, as well as making sure the standards of care remained exceptionally high for patients.
After medical problems arose in 2017, Aunt Patricia relocated back to the Washington DC metro area to be closer to Derek and his Family, Sarah Ross and their twin daughters, Brooklyn and Riley. There she became known as the Dancing Queen throughout the halls of Sunrise Assisted Living Facility. She would continuously wow the residents and caregivers with her sense of humor and calm, caring demeanor. Sunrise is where she continued to shine her light on anyone that accepted the blessing until she was called home. The family would like to share their appreciation for Sunrise of Fair Oaks, who has also graciously adopted Prince as their own, Capital Care Hospice, and the numerous doctors, nurses and caregivers that assisted her throughout her troubles.
She is survived by her brother Ralph Wilson (Brenda), sister Louise Laney, sister-in-love Celia Wilson, sons Derek (Sarah), Shanquito Carpenter, her granddaughters Brroklyn and Riley, nieces NKenge (Norman and son Donovan) Nneka, and Nashae (Cheyenne, Savannah and Emanuel), and her God-Daughter Maya. Additionally, there are a host of other family including cousins, nephews, great nephews, nieces and great nieces. She also leaves behind a significant other, Mr. Stanley Amos, to reminisce over the love, joys and adventures they've shared together.
Patricia was a beacon of humanity and a role model to all. She was a perfect hybrid of vanity and humility. She was humble enough not to flaunt her success and her power, but she was vain enough to let you know when it was time to recognize just exactly who, The Colonel was.
Relatives and friends are invited to Patricia's Life Celebration at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Sunday, May 21 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Money and King on Monday, May 22 at 11:00am. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or The Covenant House, two charities that The Colonel has supported for many years.