Diane Hughes Balulis

April 5, 1952 - December 20, 2018
Diane Hughes Balulis


Diane Hughes Balulis, age 66 passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter after a long battle with cancer.

Diane was born in the Bronx, NY on April 5, 1952. Preceded in death by her parents, James Louis Hughes and Frances Patricia Roche Hughes and her in-laws Frank and Lucy Balulis, sister in-law Nancy Wimpee, and brother in-law Michael Stapleton.

Diane was retired from the US Department of Agriculture as a Fruit and Vegetable Inspector. ‘

Diane is survived by her husband of 27 years, David Frank Balulis; one brother and sister in-law James Louis Hughes and Aimee Jo Hughes; and one sister and brother in-law Madeline Rackley and Kenneth Rackley, and other extended family members including, niece Eileen (Steven) Harris, nephew Andrew Rackley and Baylor Harris; also Joyce (Larry) Jamsma, Harry Balulis, Fran (James) Gager, Ruth Stapleton and Thomas (Arleen) Balulis and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 10 am Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

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  • December 21, 2018
    Mindy Maglione says:
    Diane was full of spirit and I enjoyed her so much. I loved her stories and great sense of humor. We found companionship in our love of animals. One of her great stories was about her family’s parrot when she was young and living in the Bronx. She told me how they would set the bird cage by the window and the parrot would yell out, “TAXI, TAXI!!”. This caused a few cab drivers to pull over, and later become angry because there was no rider or money to be made. I loved her animation when she told this story, laughing and yelling out “TAXI” in the parrot’s voice. Diane was full of life and I will miss her very much.

  • December 23, 2018
    Ruth Stapleton says:
    Diane gave us such joy and love thru the years! What a wonderful and kind person!! We will miss her laughter and her kindness. Her story telling when she would get on the phone had us laughing so hard and then she would just stop short and say here's David and hand the phone to David and I would still be laughing so hard. She was a wonderful wife to our brother David and she was a GREAT sister-in law to us! We will truly miss her. Loved her very much!!!

  • December 23, 2018
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  • December 24, 2018
    P Davis says:
    My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Though words can hardly relieve the pain one feels over the loss of a loved one, I pray that a word of comfort from God;s word will help to ease your pain. Have faith in God's promise of the future resurrection when all who lie asleep in death who are in his memory will return to life. May you look forward to the time when sickness and death will cease and those resurrected will return vibrant and in perfect health, John 5:28, 29, Revelation 21:3-4, Isaiah 33:24. Hold close to your heart the loving memories you have of Diane and find comfort in the God of all comfort Jehovah who comforts us in all our trials.