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In Memoriam: Dianne Marjory (Luark) Ross

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With permission from Dianne’s daughter, Lara.

Dianne Marjory (Luark) Ross left Midgard on June 27th, 2018 at her home in San Antonio, Texas.

Dianne honored the Germanic gods and goddesses of Northern Europe as was the practice of her ancient ancestors.  She was the heart and soul of the Ring of Troth (now known as The Troth) in its early days, and she was the original editor of Idunna, even hand-painting the covers of its first editions. She is still a considered an “Elder Emeriti” of The Troth, along with James Chisholm and Prudence Priest.

She was born October 5th, 1948 in Hollywood, Florida during a hurricane. She grew up in Texas and graduated from Annandale, Virginia High School, Class of ’67. She attended Texas A&I in Kingsville and graduated from University of Texas with a criminal justice degree.

Dianne was passionate about her civil rights work and providing free legal aid to low income people. Her career spanned 30 years working for MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund) and TRLA (Texas Rural Legal Aid). She traveled South Texas, redrawing district lines, suing local governments, and representing hundreds of people in disability and workman’s comp claims.

She was also a passionate patron of the arts and poetry. She admired beauty.  An elegant Lady, people often said.

Dianne is preceded in death by her mother, Marjory Irene Ross and fathers Billy E. Ross and John Chase Lewis.  She is survived by her beloved daughter, Lara Gillespie, sisters Helen Anne Ross and Cynthia Lewis, brother Lucien Lewis and many dear friends and family.

What is remembered, lives. Hail!

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