Rae "Rachel"'s Story

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Rae "Rachel" Maxine Ross, age 67, of 138 So. Peru St., passed away on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at her home with her family by her side after a courageous battle with bladder cancer. Rachel was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., on Feb. 16, 1950, to Sidney and Bernice Pickman. Rachel had many careers throughout her life; to name a few, she worked for TWA as a flight attendant, Citifinancial as a customer service representative and ending with her favorite, Touraid Travel. She loved her Touraid family. She had a very adventurous life and loved to travel. Rachel attended the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, stopped traffic on a busy Manhattan Street in her early 20's and traveled the world as a flight attendant in her late 20's early 30's. She cruised at least once a year sometimes twice and loved the sun! Her favorite cruising partner was her lifelong best friend, Susan Derr.
Her greatest love and pride and joy was her son Kyle. Her whole face would light up at the mention of his name and she was very quick to let you know of his accomplishments. Kyle was able to visit in May with his family so Rachel could meet her newest grandson Brody and he was able to be with her for a week just before she passed.
Rachel is survived by her son and daughter-in-law (whom she adored) Kyle and Danielle Ross and her grandsons, Ely and Brody Ross of Grover Beach, Calif., her mother Bernice Pickman (who never left her side from May til the end) of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Little River, S.C., her sister and brother-in-law, Lisabeth (who made numerous trips home to be with her) and John Smith of Little River, S.C., her brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Jennifer Pickman of Ogdensburg, N.Y., and brother and sister-in-law Howard and Shelly Pickman of Dannemora, N.Y. She is also survived by an aunt and uncle in Florida, many nieces and nephews (a special nephew Phillip Pickman), a great-niece and nephews as well as her ex-husband and friend, Terry Ross; special friends Judy Gilmet and Mike and Debbie Donahoe. She was predeceased by her father, Sidney Pickman.
The family would like to give special thanks to Rian from her Touraid family for organizing a previous benefit and GoFundMe page for her as well as Billy Tedford and Susan Stefaniak for the recent benefit held for Rachel. Special thanks also to Dr. Whitman, her Hospice nurses Tammy, Becky, Katie and Jill. A most special thank you to Rachel's sister-in-law, Shelly Pickman, who was with her from start to finish and was her caregiver at the end. Shelly kept her promise to keep her home.
There will be no calling hours or services as the family has honored her request to have her body donated to the Albany Medical College so that they may learn from her remains. There will be a memorial service at a later date that will be published so that any that want may attend. Rachel will be dearly missed but her legacy will live on.
Published on August 17, 2017
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