Claudia Haynes Gross

April 4, 2019

Claudia Haynes Gross, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, died peacefully surrounded by her family on April 4, 2019.  She was born on March 13, 1939 in Asheville, NC where she attended Lee Edwards High School.  Claudia continued her education at the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina where she graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business education.

After marrying her husband, Marshall E. Gross, in 1963, they lived in various places throughout his career with IBM including Endicott, NY, Columbia and Charleston, SC before moving to Charlotte in 1979. 

Claudia worked as a Financial Assistant for Crisis Assistance Ministry and later Community Link before retiring in 2001, when she pursued her true passion—handwork.   Claudia was an accomplished seamstress, passionate about various types of needlework including; cross stitch, needlepoint, hardanger and knitting, often utilizing her talents to make gifts for others.

Claudia’s proudest accomplishments included her two children and two granddaughters; Heide and Samantha.  Known as “Chee Chee”, she relished the time spent teaching her granddaughters how to cook, sew, and providing handwork lessons. 

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Marshall Edward Gross.  Claudia is survived by her son, David Alan Gross and wife, Terri of Waxhaw, NC and daughter, Shannon Rebecca Emmanuel and husband, Charlie of Charlotte; grandchildren, Heide Emmanuel and Samantha Gross. 

The family will receive friends on Monday, April 8, 2019 from 5:30-8:00pm at Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service in Charlotte.  A private family service will be held at a later date.  The family would also like to acknowledge the amazing staff, love and support provided by Southminster.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Crisis Assistance Ministry, 500-A Spratt St., Charlotte, NC 28206 or Community Link, 601 E. 5th St. # 220, Charlotte, NC 28202 or Make-a-Wish Central and Western N.C., 217 E. Tremont Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at

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  • Jodi Hill

    I am very sorry for your loss. You have been in my thoughts. Jodi

  • David Wallace

    My sincerest condolences to the family of Mrs.Gross. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Angela Cavender

    I worked with Claudia at Community Link. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out. She always wore a smile and had a kind word to start the day. I know she will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but her kind spirit remains with us all.

  • Maria Collias

    Oh, I shall miss her. It is hard to believe that my strong, brilliant and vibrant friend has passed. My heartfelt sympathy to Shannon, David, Terri, Charlie, Heidi and Samantha. She adored you all; and like her you are strong and will carry on hers and Marshall's legacy. Sending all my love and prayers.

  • The Garcia Family

    Dear Shannon & Family,
    We send our deepest condolences in the loss of your mother Shannon. May you all hold dear all the wonderful memories of her, your sweet “Chee Chee!”

    Jaime,MaryAnne & Girls

  • Jaime & MaryAnne Garcia

    Shannon,Charlie,Heide & Family,
    We send our deepest condolences in the loss of your mother, Shannon. I know she will be greatly missed but may you all share in your wonderful memories of her, your sweet “Chee Chee!”
    Lots of Love,
    Jaime, MaryAnne & Girls

  • Pete and Floss Hurley

    The passing of a very, very dear friend. Claud was my first friend in Charlotte and was Mother, sister, friend and teacher to me. How I shall miss her. This is sent with great love. Floss