Ralphlene “Dolly” Rose Vellente Ujakovich Watts passed away on March 7, 2014, in Oregon. She had suffered with lingering medical problems and had been under hospice care since July 5, 2013. She was 85.
Dolly had lived in Oregon with her companion, Cliff Leyba, since February 2006. Prior to coming to Oregon they lived in Lighthouse Point, Fla. Most recently they resided at the senior complex Wynwood of Forest Grove, Ore.
Dolly was born on Valentine’s Day 1929 to parents John Vellente and Mary “Capson” Capezuto Vellente in Farrell.
She graduated from Farrell High School in the class of 1947.
She became a licensed cosmetologist in Pennsylvania and made that her life’s work. She held her current cosmetologist license at her death. She also was a retired sales employee with Meier & Frank, retiring in 1991.
Dolly could be remembered foremost for her lively character, kindness, love of children, cooking, flower gardening and artistic ways.
Dolly is survived by a sister, Donna Booth, North Canton, Ohio; two daughters, Sandra Ujakovich Craigmiles, Lakeland, Fla.; and Karla Ujakovich McGee, North Plains, Ore.; and a son, Harold “Charlie” Ujakovich, Phoenix. She also is survived by five grandchildren, Fawn McGee, Portland, Ore.; Shaunnah “Ratchanee” Ujakovich, Portland; Miranda Ujakovich, Las Vegas; Megan Ujakovich Gometz, Carlton, Ore.; and Sean LaRue, Monmouth, Ore.; four great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six siblings, and a great-grandaughter, Taylor Madison Overton.
Her husband, Daniel L. Watts, a retired Army captain, died in 1980. Her ex-husband, Harold J. Ujakovich, died in 2001.
In honor and respect for Dolly’s pre-death request, there will be no viewings or funeral services. Also, in keeping with her other wishes, her cremains will be transferred to Pennsylvania, to be buried with her parents. The family wishes to continue the holiday parties and invite you to our Easter Bonnet/Bingo party in Dolly's behalf on April 5, 2014, at Wynwood Senior Living, 2nd floor, from 6 to 9 pm. Please RSVP to 503-647-2028.
Contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR, 97239, for she was an Eastern Star.