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Ky. Domestic Violence Advocate, Loving Mother Dies

Posted at 11:37 AM, Nov 26, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — She endured what no mother should ever have to and spent the rest of her life fighting for victims’ rights.

Domestic violence advocate Diana Ross died Saturday, according to a long time friend. Dale Emmons tells LEX 18 that Ross suffered a brief bout with acute leukemia.

Ross was the mother of Amanda Ross, who was murdered in 2009 by her ex-fiancé and former State Rep. Steve Nunn in downtown Lexington.

The death of her daughter inspired Diana Ross into action. In 2010, the Kentucky General Assembly and Ross created “Amanda’s Law.” The law expanded the rights of judges to use GPS monitoring for offenders.

Former Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson commented on her passing, “Sadness. My friend Diana Ross has died. She was a strong and tireless warrior for victims. I love her. May she finally have peace.”

Graveside rights are pending at the Lexington Cemetery with a reception immediately following at the home of her treasured friends, Elvis and Geneva Donaldson, in Gratz Park.

In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations can be made to GreenHouse 17 of Lexington, Ky.,