AGE: 79 • Toms River
Amelia Ubinas, 79, of Toms River, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. She is survived by her loving family. Her son, James Junior Ubinas, grandchildren, Tara, Jennifer and Nathan, great-grandchildren, Gavin, Elizabeth and Zayden. Her daughter, Debra Jane Smith, son-in-law Michael Smith, grandchildren, Michael and Jessica. Her son, Kenneth John Ubinas, daughter-in-law, Charleen Ubinas, grandchildren, Amelia and Allison.
Amelia Ubinas was born to her dearly departed mother and father, Juana Mendez and Cirilo Diaz. The oldest of 7, she was raised in Guarabo, Puerto Rico, also known as La Ciudad de las Escaleras (City of Stairs). Amelia is survived by her sisters, Crucita Gomez and Miriam Edith, and her brothers, Wilfredo, Perfecto (Pepito), Hector Manuel and Pedro (Pellin) Diaz.
On June 29, 1957, Amelia was married to her dearly departed husband, James. They celebrated 55 years of marriage together until James's passing on June 27, 2013.
Amelia was a graduate from the Roman Beauty Academy in Paterson, NJ in the early 1970's. After settling in Toms River, Amelia excelled as a prominent beautician and with her excellent management skills, Amelia managed various beauty salons over the next several years. During a short move back to New York City in the early 80's, Amelia became a full accredited teacher at one of New York's more prominent beauty schools. Upon moving back to Toms River in the mid 80's, Amelia opened her own successful beauty salon, "STYLES" off of Hwy. 37 West in Toms River in 1985. Amelia successfully ran her salon for over several years before selling it to a former business partner in the 90's.
Amelia and her husband, James retired in their 60's in Toms River, NJ, then enjoyed several years of retirement in Ocala FL, relocating back to Toms River in 2011.
Amelia enjoyed her kids and grandchildren immensely. She loved being surrounded by family and friends. Amelia instilled a "can do anything," "can accomplish anything" philosophy. She never let obstacles stop her. Amelia would also stop at nothing to ensure her kids, family and friends were safe and provided for. That legacy will live on with her children and her grandchildren. Amelia was a treasure to all who knew her and will always be remembered by the lives she's touched.
Viewing services will be held from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main St., Toms River. All who knew Amelia Ubinas are welcome to come. In lieu of flowers, contributions/donations in memory of Amelia Ubinas would be welcomed at the "Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation" at 57 West 57th St., Suite 904, New York, NY 10019 or at their website at www.alzdiscovery.org/donate
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