Magdalena (Maggie) Joy Ross, 70, of Lubbock, Texas, passed away on Monday, February 15th, 2021 in Lubbock. Maggie was born on February 22nd, 1950 in Guadalajara Mexico. Her parents were Joseph Patrick Mangin and Alicia Mangin. She came to the U.S. at the age of nine and became a naturalized citizen. Maggie attended Sharyland High School in Mission, Texas, where she graduated at the top of her class with high honors. She then moved on to what is now the University Of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she earned a double masters, one in psychology and the other in cell biology. She continued to pursue her education and went on from there to the University of Houston, where she went all the way but the dissertation in genetics. She often said that she traded her PhD for her MRS.
She later moved to Lubbock, Texas, where she chose to lovingly look after her two children from her first marriage, she gave them an incredible home education and devoted her life to the things of the Lord and to the church. She spent many a day praying at the prayer alters for others at Trinity Church, during the last days of Pastor Ron Waldrobe's leadership and during the entire course of Pastor Randal Ross's leadership at Trinity Church. She met her best friend, John Ross, who was also an usher at Trinity Church. They married on June 14th, 1996 in Idalou, Texas. Together, Maggie and John enjoyed studying the Bible and the Torah, and they enjoyed gardening, walking, fitness, and spending time together with their family. Maggie later became ordained so that she could become a volunteer hospital chaplain at both UMC and Covenant hospitals, in Lubbock, where she prayed for the sick and dying. Showing her family and others God's love was her passion and will forever be her legacy.
Maggie is survived by her husband, John Ross of Lubbock, son, Carl Joy of Lubbock, daughter, Maria Joy of Lubbock, granddaughter, Jaiden Blazi of Lubbock, sister, Rosemary Alvarez of Mission, Texas, her brother, John Mangin, of Mission, Texas, and her brother, Richard Mangin, of McAllen, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Joseph Patrick Mangin Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Jerusalem Lights at their direct online link at: https://paypal.me/JerusalemLights?locale.x=en_US or by mail in the USA to: Jerusalem Lights, Inc. P.O. Box 16886 Lubbock, Texas 79490.