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July 6, 1963 - January 11, 2018 Kelli Ann Vergotis, clothing designer, tailor and self-made business woman, passed away on Thursday evening, January 11th, 2018.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Kelli Ann VergotisKelli Ann Vergotis, clothing designer, tailor and self-made business woman, passed away on Thursday evening, January 11th, 2018.

Born in Salem, Oregon, Kelli displayed early artistic talent, and was given a sewing machine as a gift by her beloved grandmother, Sadie Louise Fitzke when she was 5 years old. Soon she was sewing doll clothes, teaching herself upholstery, and, by the time she was in high school, designing and sewing her entire wardrobe. Kelli graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon, and was one of the few girls who attended at that time, as it had recently been changed from male-only to co-ed.

In 1998 Kelli opened her own clothing boutique on NE Broadway in Portland, after having spent 10 years honing skills running her own successful alterations business. Her boutique was modeled after the glamourous Hollywood depictions of Paris style from the 1950's, with sweeping silk drapes, pink velvet settees and antique French furniture. Kelli hosted chic runway shows to celebrate the changing of the seasons, and her window displays were a joy to behold.

Kelli is survived by her parents, Marti and Panagis Vergotis; her sisters Pekio and Heather Vergotis; her brother Todd Vergotis; her uncle Gerald Fitzke; and her Westie Truman, who are all blessed with her beautiful memory.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes contributions be directed to Dress for Success (https://oregon. dressforsuccess.org/), which is an organization Kelli donated to frequently during her life.

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