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Bullskin Township woman filled home with love, delicious food

November 9, 2018

Faith and family were the cornerstones of Violet Ulery’s life, even as colon cancer and Alzheimer’s took their heavy toll on her.

“At Christmas time, my sister Karen brought her a Christmas tree at Harmon House,” said Mrs. Ulery’s son, Bill Ulery of Connellsville, “and while she might not have remembered me, if you asked her about that tree, she’d say right away, ‘Karen brought that for me.’ And every time our preacher, Bob Chambers, would come in, he’d sing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ and she’d sing every word right along with him.”

Violet P. (Nichelson) Ulery of Bullskin Township died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. She was 95.

Mrs. Ulery was born April 22, 1923, in Clinton, a daughter of the late George E. and Matilda “Tillie” (Keefer) Nichelson.

She married the late Melvin D. Ulery, who died in April 1998.

Mrs. Ulery’s children fondly recalled a house full of love, and also full of delicious food.

“As soon as you got in the house, she wanted to make a meal for you,” said her daughter Karen Moore of Scottdale.

Moore, Bill Ulery and their sister, Beverly Collins of Scottdale all remember coming in the door to the smell of freshly baked bread and cinnamon rolls.

Mrs. Ulery worked as a cook at the Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in New Stanton in the early 1960s, before taking a job in the former Norvelt Sewing Factory. She and her husband also owned Ulery’s News, a newsstand and convenience store on Crawford Avenue in Connellsville, from the late 1960s until 1976.

Collins said her mother rarely stopped moving.

“She was one of those ladies who just couldn’t sit still,” Collins said. “She did family holiday dinners until she was in her 80s, cooking for 30-some people in her little house. We all piled in and we all helped out.”

In her spare time, Mrs. Ulery enjoyed quilting and crocheting, and made quilts for all of her children and grandchildren.

“She babysat every one of her six grandchildren, as well as her great- and great-great-grandchildren,” Collins said.

Mrs. Ulery is survived by her children, Beverly J. Collins and her husband, Robert, of Scottdale; Bill Ulery and his wife, Linda, of Connellsville; and Karen S. Moore and her husband, Terry, of Scottdale; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert Ferguson Funeral Home, 105 Spring St. in Scottdale, where a funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will follow in Ulery Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Camp Christian, 472 Killarney Road, P.O. Box 230, Mill Run, PA 15464.

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