Prue loved to ski and was an instructor with the Ford Sayre Ski Program and at Whaleback Ski Club's annual ski week.
She loved books, flowers, the Red Sox, especially Ted Williams, and traveling with her family. She had an abiding interest in politics and was devoted to the Stars and Stripes.
She was an accomplished pianist. In addition to giving private piano lessons, she was well known for her volunteer work with the Lebanon School System music programs. She spent countless hours playing piano for the chorus, band concerts and school plays.
Prudence "Prue" Louise Ross was born in Brockton, Mass., March 16, 1933, to Harold E. and Erma L. (Stanley) Luneburg. She grew up in Whitman, Massachusetts, graduated from Whitman High School in 1950 and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with a degree in economics. She married Donald E. Ross on June 18, 1955. Her greatest passion was for family and friends.
A few of her favorite things included the Lebanon School Board, the PTA, Rainbow Girls, and Girl Scouts.
Prue was a founding member of Chapter H of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in New Hampshire. P.E.O. stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization, and the P.E.O. Sisterhood is an international women's organization of about 250,000 members with a primary focus on providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide.
The Sisterhood is organized with chapters throughout the United States and Canada, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.
The official flower of the P.E.O. Sisterhood is the Marguerite Daisy. As of 2014, more than $235 million had been awarded to over 90,000 women from the organization's six educational grants, loans, awards, and stewardship of Cottey College.
P.E.O. has awarded Educational Loan Fund (ELF) dollars totaling more than $143.6 million, International Peace Scholarships (IPS) are more than $29 million, and Program for Continuing Education (PCE) grants are more than $43 million.
P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) are more than $16 million and P.E.O. STAR Scholarships (STAR) are more than $2.6 million. In addition, 8,500 women have graduated from Cottey College.
Prue was the first first Past President of the Northeast District Chapter to serve on an International Board. She was dearly loved. Members of Chapter H made this quilt for her.
She worked tirelessly to empower women through education. It is no surprise she was dearly loved.
I found enough information about Prue Ross to write a research paper. Then, a sad thought occurred to me. She couldn't possibly be alive if her quilt was up for auction on eBay. Deeply personal, it was the kind of quilt you would never let go.
Prudence Louise Ross passed away on June 14, 2009, at her home in Newbury, New Hampshire. Her quilt appeared on eBay just last week. When I saw it, I thought I was looking at something very special, but I had no idea. Prue was an extraordinary person. I am delighted to know her through her quilt, and even more delighted to share her story. For more information about the P.E.O Sisterhood, please visit the P.E.O International website - click here.