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Roberta "Pink" Ambarian

12/15/1944 - 12/12/2013

Roberta "Pink" Ambarian passed away December 12, 2013 at her home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Although her given first name was Roberta, she was universally and affectionately know as Pink. Pink was born at Memorial Hospital in Bartlesville, and was raised in Dewey, Oklahoma. She graduated from Dewey High School in 1963, and went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in English from Oklahoma State University. Pink moved to Alaska in the late 1960's, and attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where she earned a Master's degree. She had a variety of occupations in Alaska, including working on the Alaska Pipeline in Valdez, teaching English at the Kenai Peninsula Community College, and owning a successful kitchen store in Kenai. Pink moved back to the Bartlesville area in 1981 and was the Secretary/Treasurer for her family business, Chevalley Moving & Storage of Dewey, Inc., until her retirement in 2008.

Pink was very active as a volunteer in Bartlesville community and social organizations: She was a member of the Service League of Bartlesville; a charter and board member of the Green Country Pilot Club; a member of P.A.R.B. (the Post Adjudical Review Board); a board member of the local chapter of the American Red Cross; and a board member of the Bluestem Council Girl Scouts. Pink traveled extensively to dog shows around the country to show her beloved Bouvier dogs. She also loved baking, fine cuisine, world travel and cruising, skiing, and political activities.

Pink is survived by her husband Edward Ambarian, her niece Robi Davito, and Robi's daughter Laura Davito, all of Bartlesville. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert H. and Dorothy A. Chevalley, her sister Donna Sue Leatherland, and her nephew Geoff L. Leatherland. She was also preceded in deathy by her first husband, David Wtipil.

A gathering in celebration of Pink's life will be held at the Bartlesville Country Club on Wednesay, December 18, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Appetizers will be served. Please come by at any time during the gathering to pay your respects and share memories about Pink with friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Pink's name to either the Service League of Bartlesville or the Green Country Pilot Club.


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  • Posted by W A from Baltimore, Maryland
    I am sorry for your loss. May your memories and the God of all comfort give you comfort during this difficult time. 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4
    12/15/2013 at 01:05pm
  • Posted by Evelyn (Tink) Lynn from Grove, Oklahoma
    I am still quite stunned to hear of Pink's passing. She was quite a lady and a joy to visit with on Facebook. She graduated from Dewey a few years before me, but I still felt like I knew her well. After reading about all the community activities in which she was involved, I have to say that I was not surprised at all. She just seemed to have a lot of love and care to share. She will be missed by everyone she knew and loved. Prayers for the family and friends of this lovely lady.
    12/15/2013 at 10:24pm
  • Posted by Martha Mick from Montgomery, Texas
    So sorry to hear about Pink's passing. I will always remember her beautiful smile. May God comfort you all during this time.
    12/17/2013 at 04:59pm
  • Posted by Dave Hatfield from Severn, Maryland
    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Pink as a child, but she was quite a bit older than me. Through the magic of Facebook we connected over these past couple of years, found out we were connected through our time in Alaska together, and I learned what a strong and wonderful woman she was. I was so shocked and saddened that we all lost her so suddenly and so soon. I know God has a special place for Pink and she is resting there now.
    12/22/2013 at 03:04am