Janie Lee Ross was born in 1921 in Jackson, Tennessee. Her father was a church deacon, and she remembers attending choir rehearsals. In the 1940s she and her husband Thomas moved to Chicago, and she went to practical nursing school. They moved to Ann Arbor in 1951 and purchased a home on Fifth Avenue. They opened their home to many friends and relatives who needed a place to stay. Ross was a nurse’s aid at St. Joe’s Hospital and a custodian in Ann Arbor Public Schools. She has four children–Charlotte, Thomas, Carol, and Eugene (Bobby)–and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Longtime Ann Arbor Schools Employee Waltstine Perry Honored at Retirement Potluck, April 1976 Photographer: Larry E. Wright
Ann Arbor News, April 23, 1976
Kindergartner Thomas Gutow chats with his friend Waltstine Perry at a pot luck supper held Thursday night in Perry's honor at Newport Elementary School. More than 300 Newport staff members, graduates, students, and their parents attended the supper. Perry, 63, a custodian for the school district since 1953, retires in June. Before transferring to Newport when it opened nine years ago, Perry, called "Pudd" by friends and relatives, worked at Slauson, Jones and Bader schools. The school employee keeps track of many of those he knew as youngsters. "A lot of them did pretty good for themselves," he said.
Waltstine Perry Speaks to Newport Elementary Student Thomas Gutow, April 1976 Photographer: Larry E. Wright