Velia Mott

Full Name: Velia Odilia Mott
Date of Birth: February 5, 1932
Date of Death: March 6, 2019
Private for the family.
Service Information:
May 25, 2019 - 11:00 am - Ridgelawn Memorial Park

Mrs. Velia Odilia Mott, formerly of Huntington, WV, va al cielo on March 6, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. Born in Caldera, Chile, she was a notary with a law firm in Quillota, Chile before moving to the United States. A vivacious and gracious presence, a lover of dance, music, art, and literature, her intelligence equaled her beauty.

She met her husband, B. H. Mott, Jr., known as “Buddy”, in Grand Junction, CO, while each were on an extended visit, and staying with family who happened to live in the same neighborhood. Buddy and Velia met and fell in love over the summer, and were married that October.  Though she knew nothing about Huntington, WV when she moved there as a young bride, she was proud to make it her home. After a process that took several years, she became naturalized as a citizen of the United States. She truly loved both of her countries.

A devoted and loving wife, mother and friend, her days were filled by assisting Buddy with his work as President of B. H. Mott & Sons/Mott Core Drilling. She was an active member of Central Christian Church and the International Club, volunteered her time at numerous local charities and civic organizations, and was a frequent guest speaker at schools throughout Huntington. Velia enjoyed enlightening everyone she met on her beautiful homeland of Chile.

Tennis was her passion. She played in several tennis leagues in Huntington, as well as Birmingham, AL, and Cortez, CO where she accompanied Buddy on long term jobs out of the area. In Chile, she grew up studying several languages, including French, German and English. She placed a high value on education, and was a great inspiration to her daughters and granddaughters.

Velia touched all those who knew her because her love of life exuded from her being.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Buddy Mott, her sister Eliana Gaines of Grand Junction, CO and sister Nirma Griffith of Santiago, Chile.

She is survived by her daughters Cheryl Mott Smith of Tucson, AZ and Cynthia Mott of San Francisco, CA, granddaughters Hilary Smith of Raleigh, NC and Natalie Smith of Irvine, CA, brother Pete Vera and his wife Nona Vera of Huntington, WV; nieces Eliana Vera Whittington and her husband John Whittington of Washington, DC; Marcela Vera Randolph and her husband Dwain Randolph of Huntington, WV; Ana Maria Vera of Huntington WV; Eliana Ely and her husband Doug Ely of Novato, CA; and nephew Martin Gaines, Jr. of Grand Junction, CO; sister Edith Stocker of Mendoza, Argentina; nieces Pamela Stocker and her husband Luis Jose Barbato of Mendoza, Argentina; Rosi Stocker of Mendoza, Argentina; Lillian Griffith Vera of Santiago, Chile; plus many members of the Mott family and other relatives across the United States, Chile and Argentina.

Velia passed away peacefully, with daughter Cynthia Mott and granddaughter Hilary Smith holding her hands, while listening to her favorite Chilean tango music.

A memorial service will be held at Ridgelawn Abbey of Devotion on May 25th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Jacque Compton of Central Christian Church, Huntington, WV, officiating. Please join her family in a celebration of her life.

Velia had a great love and respect for all living creatures, so the family asks in lieu of flowers, for donations to be made in her name to a local animal shelter or rescue. Or, you could consider adopting a pet in her honor.

Duerme con los angelitos, Velita. We love you forever.

From: Cindy PollMay 10 2019 11:54AM
So very sorry for your loss, how wonderful to have had her for so long, so glad you were with her
From: Lance SaffordMay 24 2019 9:35AM
Cheryl and Cynthia,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.  Velia was always a breath of fresh air and would bring a smile to anyone who knew her.

Our love to you.

Linda and Randy Bruestle, Laura, Loren and Lance Safford

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