Carmela (Martino) Ames, 88, a resident of The Dalles, Ore., died in her home March 2, 2013 after a 10-year battle with cancer.
She was born August 19, 1924 in Italy, the third child of five children to Vincenzo and Clementina (Antini) Martino of San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. She attended school in Italy and then went to sewing school and became well known for her hand-sewn button holes. She became a war bride when she married Albert Ames when he was stationed in Foggia, Italy during World War II.
On July 27, 1946, she and her first son, Robert, came to America on the ship Thomas .H. Barry to join her husband Albert. They lived in Portland, Ore., where their other four children were born, then in Cascade Locks, Ore., and for the past 55 years in The Dalles.
She enjoyed her family, family gatherings and spending lots of time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved Italian music, dancing, and was known for her spaghetti sauce.
She is survived by her son Vince Ames and his wife Remy; son Gregory Ames and his wife Debbie; daughter Stella and her husband Joe Lick and her daughter Christina and Wendell, all of The Dalles, Ore., 17 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her sister Stella, her sister in law Filomena and numerous nieces and nephews in Italy.
She was preceded in death by her husband Albert, son Robert, mother, father, a sister, two brothers and grandson Adam Ames.
A celebration of life and reception is planned at the Eagles Lodge Saturday, March 30, from 3 to 9 p.m.
Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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