The Times West Virginian


June 12, 2014

Hala “Marie” Gross

Hala “Marie” Stansberry Gross, 77, passed away Tuesday (June 10, 2014).

She was born April 18, 1937, a daughter of the late George Bruce and Cena Williams Stansberry. Mrs. Gross was preceded in death by her husband, Duane A. Gross, who passed away in 2007.

Mrs. Gross worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for Dr. Vincent Palumbo in Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, as a Grey Lady for the Red Cross and later as a nurse’s assistant in various Air Force and Army hospitals. Marie was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Shepherdstown but had also attended Lutheran churches in Port Orange, Florida, and in Frederick, Maryland.

Mrs. Gross is survived by a son, Bruce Wayne Gross and his wife Caryl of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland; her daughter, Beth Ann Easterday of Sharpsburg, Maryland; 10 grandchildren, Fantasy Marie Gross, Christy Marie Ord and her husband Robert, Charles Arlen Gross, Brandon Duane Gross, Hala G. Gross, Nolan Ryan Gross, Stacy Ellen Easterday, Taylor Marie Gross, Laurel Nicole Gross and Adam Bruce Gross; two great-grandchildren, Brayden Duane Ord and Madyson Marie Ord; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Marie was preceded in death by a son, Barry Scott Gross; her brother, Lowell Bruce Stansberry; and her sister, Helen Jean Coe.

The family will receive friends at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 300 Gaston Ave., Fairmont, with Pastor Matt Holbert officiating. A committal service will follow at Pisgah Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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