Our hearts are deeply saddened at the passing of our beloved, Theresa Ross Gholson, on Friday, January 13, 2023, at her home in Richmond, Virginia.
Theresa was born on July 31, 1961, to the late Helen and Walter Ross in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up and was educated in Fluvanna County, Virginia. She graduated from Fluvanna High School and later attended the Art Institute of Washington, D.C., to transfer and graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Theresa was married to her best friend and love of her life, Derrick A. Gholson, for 35 years.
Theresa is preceded in death by three siblings, Walter Ross, Jr., Harvey Hackney, and Gary Ross. She is survived by her husband, Derrick A. Gholson; her daughters, LaKeisha McNeil (Damon), ShaRese Gholson, and Melinda Gholson; step-son, Maurigo Opie (Brittany); her grandchildren, Sayuri Gholson, Damon G. McNeil, Landon Gholson, Ross McNeil, Emory Bost; Maurigo Larenta-Zion, Isaac, and Benjamin; her siblings, Melvin Ross (Carolyn), Larry Ross, and Carol Harris (John); her aunts, Mabel Bradley, Alberta Scott, Gracie Washington, and Shirley Palmer; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Theresa was constantly making art, growing plants and vegetables, and feeding her curiosity by reading and researching our history. We will miss her laughter, conversations, and listening and dancing to her music, but we know she will always be with us!