Charlotte Young Ross, 67, cared for children in Baltimore home

November 11, 1996|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Charlotte Young Ross, who operated a day care center in her West Baltimore home for 15 years, had a simple philosophy for raising her own children and those entrusted to her care.

That philosophy was to treat every child "the same loving way," said her daughter Martha Ross Crawley of Baltimore.

"She treated them all like they were her own, which meant she could be strict when they got out of line," Mrs. Crawley said. "But the kids were just a part of her, each and every one of them."

Mrs. Ross died Thursday of gall bladder and renal infections at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She was 67.

She began caring for children in 1971 when neighbors asked her to baby-sit for their child. Mrs. Ross did so well that "pretty soon everyone was bringing their children over because they knew how good she was with children," Mrs. Crawley said. "It just took off, and she didn't seem to mind it."

Charla Wainwright said her two children often didn't want to leave Mrs. Ross' home when she came to pick them up in the evenings.

Nearly every room in the Ross home -- first on Eutaw Place, then on North Payson Street -- was renovated to accommodate children. Mrs. Ross patiently led them in activities despite a hip ailment, which eventually forced her to close the day care center.

"I learned a lot of my parenting skills from her," said Ora White, a longtime friend and neighbor. "She was a mother who knew how to care for her children. She was always positive."

The former Charlotte Young was a Baltimore native who graduated from Douglass High School in 1946. She was a salesclerk at the downtown Stewart & Co. department store until 1951, then became a seamstress -- she made her family's clothes -- for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers until 1963, when health problems and family obligations forced her to quit.

In 1948, she married James Ross Jr., who survives her.

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Episcopal Church, 1005 W. Lafayette Ave., Baltimore.

Other survivors include a son, Vernon Lesley Ross of New York City; another daughter, Stacey LaTonya Ross of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Pub Date: 11/11/96

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