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Evangelia Dooley

Evangelia Dooley

Thursday, March 22nd, 1934 - Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
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Obituary

Evangelia “Lea” Chaniotou Dooley age 86, passed from this life Thursday July 23, 2020 in Fayetteville,AR.
She was born in Athens Greece, March 22, 1934. The first daughter of Michail Hanioti and Argyro Arka.
Her childhood was difficult. As war came to Greece, the family, now with 2 more daughters, took refuge on their home island of Paros. Her mother passed away, and times were desperate. Living on dandelion greens and whatever else they could get, they survived the war years, and returned to Athens in 1948.
In 1958 Lea married American serviceman William Dooley, bore a son, and immigrated to America in 1962.
Taking her son and striking out on her own in 1965, she moved to East Orange, NJ Where she found work, and eventually enrolled in Beauty school. Proudly graduating from the “Wilfred Academy of Hair and Beauty Culture” in 1967. Eager to pursue her new career, she moved to Florida. First to Clearwater and then to Panama City, and residing there for 30 years. Establishing herself as a Master Cosmetologist and eventually opening her own Salon, the “Kreative Koiffures. Retiring in 1999, she moved to the “Athens of the Ozark's“ Fayetteville, AR.

Making many new friends and enjoying her later years gardening, fishing, and socializing.
She was a strong, independent, determined woman. A good mother, a good soul, she was loved, and will be missed.
She is survived by her sisters: Katerina, and Maria. Their children: Ion and Christina, Panagiotis, and Kelly, of Athens Greece. And her son, Thomas Dooley of Fayetteville.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Online condolences www.WestfieldChapel.com
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Victoria Troyo

Posted at 06:06pm
I have so many good memories of Lea. All the cookouts, birthdays,and holidays we spent together. I always enjoyed listening to her stories about the past. We could yak it up. I will miss her deviled eggs and desserts, and those cookies Yum! She had a way with plants l envied, what a green thumb. I will miss her. She was a strong independent women that raised a fine son. She amazed me in all the hardships she overcame and how she made her American dream come true. Lea Rest In Peace. Tom I am always here for you , Love to you both.💕💗💕
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Bob Nowaczyk

Posted at 12:54pm
Lea Dooley is what you call a scratch biscuit !
A single mom that made a career. Raised a good son and followed her heart. I never got to meet her Arkansas family but was blessed to have her keep an eye on me when I was a young in. When my single mom was terminally I'll lea put her arms around me and said dont worry your mother's not scared do die she's just sad she's gonna miss you boys
That was the day I was saved. I love her dearly. And think of her often. I'm gonna plant a citrus tree . Bear creek Bob
 
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Tom Dooley Posted at 06:20pm

Thank you Brother ❤️
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Lisa Sagely

Posted at 12:19pm
Tom,
I am so sorry to hear of loss of your sweet momma. She was such a spitfire! I enjoyed getting to know her over these last several years and I know what a special bond the two of you shared. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!
JT

JoAnn M Thebault

Posted at 12:18pm
My condolences to Lea's family. May she rest in peace.

~ your cousin, JoAnn
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Don Bunch

Posted at 10:25am
Tom,
My thoughts with you and your family.
Don Bunch
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