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Kiki Umla

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Kiki Umla

Written by: Kenneth Kraus
Client: Phelps Media Group, Inc.
Release Date: 2016-07-26

Jean (Kiki) Umla passed peacefully at home on Saturday, July 16th, 2016. 

Kiki was many things to many people.  For some, Kiki was a second mother, best friend, confidant, advisor, cheerleader, and gentle listener.  To the rest of the world, Kiki was “Kiki”... bold, direct, dedicated and, unquestionably, a force of nature.

Born in Long Beach, New York, Kiki moved with her family to Lake Worth Florida, where she attended high school.  Following her graduation from Bryant University, she lived in New York City, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, FL and ultimately settled in Wellington, Florida.  She was an avid skier, an experienced sailor, a keen horsewoman, a wife and mother of two daughters, Linda and Wendy.

Kiki was exceptionally passionate about horses and Dobermans, both large and miniature.  Her involvement with both introduced her to an extended circle of people and friends.  Always beautifully dressed in her signature “Kiki Kasual” outfits (skirt, blouse, scarf and jewelry), Kiki stood guard at many of the most important equestrian competitions. During her 50+ year career, Kiki managed VIP tents at prestigious equestrian events like The National Horse Show, Gold Cup, Syracuse International, The Hampton Classic, Winter Equestrian Festival, Kentucky Young Riders, Atlanta Olympic Games, Tampa World Cup, Wellington Equestrian Festival, Global Dressage and the Wellington Masters.  She loved it.  And she was great at it.

She touched so many generations of equestrians.  For all her contributions to the equestrian world, Kiki believed she got more than she gave. She loved her life.  She loved her daughters. She loved her friends. She loved her dogs.  And she LOVED a good party!

Hermes will miss her.  PetSmart will miss her.  Even T.J. Maxx and Tuesday Morning will miss her.  Yet, no one will miss her more than we will!
Godspeed Kiki.  And thank you for all you did.

Survived by her daughters, Linda Umla and Wendy Umla, her sister, Doris W Mellion, nieces, Gigi Andryszewski, Jill Huthchinson, her nephew, Paul Mellion, her grand nephews Cole and Neil Hutchinson and her beloved canine companion, Tanka.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kiki’s three favorite charities:
Equestrian Aid Foundation (
Acupuncturists Without Borders (
Doberman Rescue (


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