Iona Ross

1916 -2019

Funeral Service for Iona Ross, 102, of Dickinson, will be 1 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson with Pastor Lisa Lewton officiating.  Burial will take place at Dunn Center Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation for Iona will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Stevenson Funeral Home.

Iona passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at St. Luke’s Home in Dickinson.

Iona Sylvia Holt Ross was born March 19, 1916 in Fosston, MN to parents Carl Ingvold and Sophie Oien Holt. The family moved to Dunn Center, ND when Iona was two months old. She graduated from Dunn Center High School in 1934. While in high school, she excelled in basketball and track. After high school she attended college at Dickinson Normal School and then taught 6 years at rural schools. After teaching she went into banking for a 43 year career. Iona worked 12 years at Union Bank in Dunn Center and 31 years at First International Bank in Dickinson. She married Walter Ross in May 1976 and he passed away in November of the same year.

Iona enjoyed the outdoors tremendously. She would camp in Medora in her early years and then spent many years at her camper at Lake Ilo, which was her home away from home. She enjoyed entertaining her many friends in the summer at the lake.  Iona was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and an active member of the church choir for many years.  She was also a member of St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary and the Business and Professional Women.

Iona is survived by her 16 nieces and nephews: Mary Kay Stranik, Don Stranik, Jerry Stranik, Marge Joehnk, JoAnn Hegel, Susan Maas, Sally Holt Evarts, John Holt, Debbie Renz, Marlene Schell, Ione Weiler, Tim Holt, Roger Holt, Terry Holt, Joyce Blocker, Nancy Hewish, plus many great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Walter Ross; parents Carl and Sophie Holt; siblings, Alice Stranik, Gordon Holt, Vivian Hewish, Marvin Holt and all of their spouses.

The family suggests memorials in Iona’s memory to be sent to St. John Lutheran Church, Dickinson.

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at

Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Dickinson.

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