Lucianna Gladney Ross
Lucianna Gladney Ross passed away at her home at the age of 96 on January 24,
2012. Lucianna was born March 21, 1915 to the late Frank Y. and Katherine
Graves Gladney. Lucianna was the third of four siblings, brother Graves
Gladney,and sister Katherine Gladney Wells. Her brother John Franklin died as a
She attended Mary Institute graduating in 1932 and continued her education at
Smith College, Northampton, MA. where she spent her junior year at the
Sorbonne in Paris, France from which she graduated cum laude in 1936. After
graduating from college, Lucianna worked as a staff member on the society page
of St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
She would later marry Walter Ross. She raised three children, Helen Griffith
Ross of McLean, VA, Lucianna Ross Natkiel of Hill, NH, and John Franklin Ross
of St. Louis; she has also been blessed with three grandchildren and one
Since 1918, Lucianna's family owned a country place near Kimmswick, Missouri
called Sunnyside, which she held close to her heart. Mrs. Ross noticed that the
small town's properties were in a rapid state of decay and in need of rebuilding. In
the 1970's she began the painstaking work of purchasing and restoring many of
the town's dilapidated buildings.
Mrs. Ross was a long-time supporter of the Missouri Botanical Garden where the
Frank Y. and Katherine Graves Gladney Rose Garden is named for her family. In
1979 she was the first woman to be appointed to the board of trustees of the
Missouri Botanical Garden, and in 2002 she won the Garden's most prestigious
prize, the Henry Shaw Medal. She also was a representative of the City of St.
Louis as a member of the St. Louis Art Museum's board of commissioners and
was named a Globe-Democrat woman of achievement in 1977.
Lucianna Gladney Ross' philanthropy and revitalization work have touched
countless people and organizations and she will be remembered for her tireless
efforts and dedication.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Missouri
Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110, or to Smith
College, Northampton, MA 01063.