Our beloved Amy Michelle Hodge Gross, 57, formerly of Colusa passed away March 31, 2020 at Doctors Hospital in Manteca, California. Born in Urbana, Illinois, May 29, 1963 to Margaret and Doug Hodge. Amy lived most of her early years in Modesto. Clearly in life, her teachers recognized and praised her empathy toward others. By the time she graduated from Grace M. Davis High with the extraordinary class of 1981, our gregarious Amy almost certainly knew most of the student body and all the teachers and administrators. She participated in or led many student clubs, activities and sports and made a friend of everyone she met.
Amy was also a college athlete (springboard diving) at Modesto Junior College until 1983, and an enthusiastic student at California State University, Chico where she earned her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology in 1986. She was awarded a second Masters in Arts in Education from United States International University and more fortuitously, met the everlasting love of her life, husband Ron Gross from Colusa.
All through school and her professional career as a teacher, coach, instructor, activities director, Principal, administrator, wife, mother and friend. Amy spent her boundless energy on the many people in her life, and always with a smile.
While teaching at Egling Middle School in Colusa with her classroom of 7th graders she may have performed the first hands on demonstration of DNA testing in the classroom using her infant twin sons, the delight of the class was when the report from the lab came saying they were identical.
With 3 children in school Amy could be seen at every game keeping score never showing how ill she was, saying it was her privilege as a parent.
She befriended everyone she ever taught from her first job as a teacher and coach to her last job as a Success 101 teacher at Manteca High. At Manteca, Amy fell in love with the students, faculty and especially the school spirit and academic atmosphere. She moved her family there so her three equally enthusiastic and active children could go to a school she had come to love. A Lifetime Rock Award was awarded to her and a Memorial Scholarship Fund is being set up for graduating seniors.
In between, Amy made friends and touched countless hearts as a teacher, instructor or trainer at Ripon High School, Modesto City Schools, Concord Athletic Club, Diablo Valley College, Sierra High School, Modesto Junior College. Her ability to bond with and positively influence her students from all walks of life was extraordinary. Many former students have commented about how she turned their life around and changed their lives forever. Amy embodied a love and zest for life, embracing new opportunities and challenges with equal enthusiasm, energy and grace. She loved to travel and experience new places and adventures. Her greatest source of pride, her precious family. She supported their activities and encouraged them to explore new interests with the same passion and dedication she gave to everything in her life. Her positivity and genuine love for her family, friends, students and colleagues leaves a legacy no one will ever forget.
All through the struggles of her illness she continuously researched knowledge about Cancer, never giving up. Our gratitude and appreciation to all who supported her throughout.. She is survived by her husband Ron Gross, daughter Katelyn 17; sons Blake and Brock, 15; stepson Brett Gross (Kelsey) her parents Doug and Margaret Hodge and her brother Allan Hodge. Her extended family are her in- laws Doris and Arnold Gross Sr.., Arnie Gross Jr., Remy and Laeni Gross. In-Liew of flowers the family suggests donations be sent to Ron Gross, 2168 Fountain Square Drive, Manteca, CA 95337.■
04/22/2020 • WPR #2020-0570