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 child.
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.
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 great-grandchild.
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.