Jennie Pratt Gross Private duty nurse

October 21, 1990

A Requiem Mass for Jennie Pratt Gross, a private-duty nurse for 30 years, will be held at noon tomorrow at St. James Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Arlington avenues.

Mrs. Gross, 75, a longtime resident of the Bolton House Apartments, died Thursday at the Evergreen nursing home.

Born in Baltimore, she was educated in the city public schools and trained at the Provident School of Nursing. She worked at several hospitals in Baltimore, including City Hospitals, Sinai Hospital and Provident Hospital, but her first love was private-duty nursing.

Mrs. Gross' family remembered her yesterday as a caring person who always wanted to help others. As well as the help she gave families she worked for, she also spent 27 years nursing a brother who was ill with multiple sclerosis.

Mrs. Gross was president for 10 years of the tenants association at the Bolton House Apartments, where she lived. She was also a founder of the senior citizens organization at the Garrison Nursing Home on Garrison Boulevard, where she worked part time for about 10 years.

Mrs. Gross was keenly interested in plant life -- she had a garden in her living room -- and enjoyed dressmaking and ceramics.

Mrs. Gross' husband, James M. Gross, a former federal employee, died 10 years ago.

She is survived by a daughter, Yvonne A. Griffith of Baltimore; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggested that memorial contributions be sent in her name to the building fund of St. James Episcopal Church, Lafayette and Arlington avenues, Baltimore 21217, in care of the rector, Michael B. Curry.

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