Tera Ross was a kind-hearted woman who always had a smile on her face, family members said.
Her sisters, Jessica Darby and Tiffany Ross, said she was an amazing sister.
“She was not only an amazing sister, but also my best friend,” Tiffany Ross said. “We talked about everything together. We were always there for each other, no matter what.”
Tera Ross, 24, of Valparaiso, died May 1. She worked at Quaker Steak and Lube in Portage.
Ross loved her two daughters, Mylee and Shayla, and always put them first, family members said.
“Her two children were the most precious things in life to her,” said her mother, Becky Darby.
Tiffany Ross agreed.
“She was a great mother. Her kids were always first, no matter what,” she said. “She worked so hard every day just to be able to take care of her kids and give them everything they wanted.”
She enjoyed taking her girls to the park and the zoo, her sister said.
“One of her favorite things we always did together was go to the zoo with the kids,” she said. “She also loved going to Indiana Beach with her little family.”
Tiffany Ross said her sister made the best of life and of any situation.
“Tera always had a big, beautiful smile on her face, no matter what was going on around her,” she said. “And she always tried to cheer everyone else up around her, too. She really knew how to lighten up a room with her goofy antics.”
Her mother said her daughter would want her family to focus on the good memories they had together.
“Everyone that she came in contact with loved her so much,” Darby said. “She will always be remembered, never forgotten.”