In 2017, Brett and Cher Ross recognized a need for parents in our community who have lost children to have a place to mourn, reflect, and heal.
They spearheaded an effort to bring an Angel of Hope Memorial to Richfield. The Rosses were honored for their service Sunday evening during Richfield’s annual patriotic program.
The Rosses raised thousands of dollars for the purchase and installation of the statue, as well as for improvements to the area around it. The goal was to provide a place of reflection.
The MacNeal Magleby Service Award is presented each year to someone who has made a significant difference in our community. It is named after MacNeal Magleby, who worked to bring together business, church and civic leaders to create Independence Day Incorporated — the organization behind Richfield’s annual Independence Day celebration.
Brett and Cher are the parents of four children — Jadon, Courtney, Jaron and Brittany. They have a long history of service to our community from coaching youth sports to volunteering and donating to many local families, activities, events and charities. Brett and Cher own the Frontier Village restaurant and Cher also helps manage the local Mountain America Credit Union.
The loss of two of their children, Brittany and Jadon, has inspired them to help others.
By speaking out through their pain, they have found the strength to be advocates for bringing changes to suicide awareness, and have also become a resource for other families who have also lost a child or family member to suicide.