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Grace Winifred Clark Dotolo
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Birth: Nov. 17, 1898
Snohomish County
Washington, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 1941
King County
Washington, USA

Grace was a baby when her mother died. The children were left home alone when their mother was taken away and Burt, the oldest, heard that they were to be split up. He took them to the upper level in the barn and tried to hide them. Of course they were found.

Grace and her youngest brother, two year old Lew, were taken to a children's home. Lew died. Grace was a sick child and when a childless couple, Carl Adam and his wife Mary E Adam came to adopt a boy to help them on their farm near Auburn Washington they saw Grace and took her too.

They felt that the baby should have a good Christian home to die in. They belonged to the Seventh Day Adventist Church. They took good care of the baby and Grace lived. Though they didn't actually adopt Grace they gave her a new name and raised her as their daughter. Grace was raised as Winifred Adam. She was called Winnie. Grace married Edwin Ulery as Winifred Adam. Edwin's family were also Seventh Day Adventists. After her marriage, Mary Adam told Grace that she was really Grace Clark. She named her first child Grace.

Edwin and Grace had three daughters Grace, Lillian, and Jaunita. I know but that is the way it is spelled on her birth certificate. Edwin Ulery was a dairy worker. They lived in a town named Thomas Washington and when there was a big flood Grace and her three girls were stranded in the top floor with no water or food. Ed got into a row boat passing by their house and spent hours helping others. When he finally came back for his own family Grace was angry. Later she cleaned the silt from the house. My mother said she cried as she worked. It was a dreadful mess.

Grace wanted to go back to Auburn. Edwin took her back but when he went to get another load of their furniture he didn't come back. Grace and the girls were stranded in their new home with no money or food and no beds to sleep in. The neighbors helped them. After a few weeks Edwin returned and said he had a job and another place for them to live. He had sold the load of furniture. My mother remembered her bed with painted Dutch girls across the head board. She never saw it again. Grace refused to go with Edwin and their marriage broke up.

My mother was grown up when she saw her father again. Edwin had left Washington and went to work in California. One of the neighbors that helped Grace was Sam Dotolo. Sam had a pretty blond girl friend and he took Grace and the girls along with his girl friend on an outing. Grace and Sam married and they had a boy they named Valentine...born on Valentine's day. Grace wrote letters trying to find her birth family. She received a letter from her father. Dexter had known where she was all along. When Grace found out her birth father lived Lakeside, California she wanted to go to California. Grace, Sam, Lillian, Jaunita, and Valentine all came down to Lakeside.

Sam Dotolo didn't like California. He had a good job in Auburn and wanted to go back there. Sam didn't believe in education for girls. My mother's oldest sister, Grace, was already married at 16. My mother's grandfather offered to let Lillian stay with them and keep house so she could finish high school. Grace and Sam and the other children moved back to Auburn Washington.

Grace Dotolo filed for divorce from Sam in 1941 she died of cancer later that same year.
Family links: 
  Dexter Byron Clark (1850 - 1947)
  Matilda Greenwood Clark (1870 - 1898)
  Edwin Augustus Ulery (1895 - 1959)*
  Salvatore Dotolo (1886 - 1949)*
  Grace Winifred Ulery Waddell (1917 - 1995)*
  Lillian Elizabeth Ulery Castleman (1918 - 1975)*
  Celia Jaunita Ulery Newell (1921 - 1989)*
  Valentine Dotolo (1925 - 1964)*
  Burt Byron Clark (1891 - 1976)*
  George Dexter Clark (1893 - 1921)*
  Grace Winifred Clark Dotolo (1898 - 1941)
*Calculated relationship
Mountain View Cemetery
King County
Washington, USA
Created by: Dorothy Combs
Record added: May 24, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 111100971
Grace Winifred <i>Clark</i> Dotolo
Added by: Dorothy Combs
Grace Winifred <i>Clark</i> Dotolo
Added by: Dorothy Combs
Grace Winifred <i>Clark</i> Dotolo
Added by: Dorothy Combs
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