Beverly J. Ross Day: Lexington woman honored for her service with day dedicated in her name


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Lexington woman, who will soon be 85-years-old, is celebrating the milestone in an extra special way.

The City of Lexington is recognizing Beverly J. Ross’ service to the community by dedicating the day in her honor.

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Ross read the surprise tribute during her drive-by birthday celebration Sunday, which was held ahead of her actual birthday Tuesday.

“I, Linda Gorton, the Mayor of Lexington, do hereby declare October the 20, 2020, Beverly J. Ross in honor of a pillar of our community.”

Governor Andy Beshear even took the time to honor Ross, in part writing, “She serves as an example to us all.”

Ross is recognized for her more than 60 years of service in the community. She’s done everything from feeding the homeless, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, visiting nursing homes, and more.

“It’s a great feeling to serve somebody else besides yourself,” says Ross. “Get out. Give a little cheer to somebody. Say little things here and there, and put a little love in it.”

Ross says she loves helping others and she never expected this sort of honor for doing something that comes naturally to her.

“It is a blessing, so I appreciate them,” says Ross.

Her grandson, Jylan Ross, says he’s lucky to have her.

“I just look at her and say that’s a great example of what love is all about,” Jylan says.

He sent in the tribute request to Mayor Linda Gorton.

“You could have ignored it,” Jylan says. “You could have denied it. I want to say thank you for making my grandmother feel special on her special day.”

Jylan says the turn out for his grandmother’s drive-by celebration also speaks volumes about how she cares for others.

“She’s all about love,” Jylan says. “She’s all about peace, so I want the community to follow in her footsteps.”

“Love each other,” says Ross. That’s the main thing.”

Ross’ late husband, Raymond Ross Sr., served as the first Black weatherman right here at WTVQ.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at