Dorothy Oste Stallings

October 3, 1936 - May 8, 2015
Dorothy Oste Stallings

Dorothy “Dottie” (Oste) Stallings, age 78 of Leland, NC passed away at New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Born in New Bedford, MA, she was the youngest daughter of the late Luigi and Anna (Adesso) Oste. She was predeceased by her sisters Catherine Dube and Margaret Thibault, and her brother Louis Oste.

She was a graduate of New Bedford High School and attended Boston University before moving to North Carolina. She was one of the first paralegals in the State of NC and worked at several law firms and legal establishments including Legal Services of the Lower Cape Fear. She was the owner of My Sentiments Card and Gift Shop and past President of the Wilmington Chapter of Pilot International and former organist for St. Therese Catholic Church-Wrightsville beach, NC and Sacred Heart Cathedal. We fondly remember her sense of humor, her incredible gift of cooking, her love of golf, surf fishing and playing bridge.

Surviving: daughters Anna Stallings of Wilmington and Jenny Peterson (Jim) of Oak Island. Sister Mary Horsford of West Wareham, MA, and Brother Gerard Oste of New Bedford, MA. Two grandchildren, Jessica Buskirk (Seth) and Andrew Hurd (Kady). Three great-grandchildren, Sarah Buskirk, Peter Buskirk, and Zoe Hurd; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary/Tileston Social Outreach, 412 Ann St. Wilmington, NC 28401 or The First Tee – Brunswick County, 445 Tarkln Court Shallotte, NC 28470

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  • May 12, 2015
    Richard & Pauline says:
    our deepest sympathy for such a beautiful woman who was my most beloved Aunt who gave me great memories I will cherish for ever.

  • May 12, 2015
    Nancy Oste DiNardo and Family says:
    Our hearts go out to you all. I hope Auntie Dottie is laughing her butt off with her sisters and my Dad!! Together again... I have very fond memories of her. Wish we weren't all so far apart. Sending you love and peace, Cousin Nancy, Jim, Summer, Collin and Taylor.

  • May 12, 2015
    Garde stallings says:
    i remember vividly when my brother, Johnny, brought this lovely little woman home to meet our family. She brought me a pretty little stuffed kitten. I thought she was wonderful and so pretty. I was 7 yrs old and immediately took to her and she was good to me. She and Johnny soon had two precious girls. I was 8 when anna was born and couldn't wait to get my hands on her:). Dottie was always patient with me. We stayed close for many years then events caused us to lose touch. She succeeded in a lot of ways in spite of the obstacles she faced. She is at peace now. Her biggest legacies are anna and jenny....

  • May 12, 2015
    Elizabeth Brown says:
    My condolences to the family. Mrs. Stallings lovely personality will always be remain with us at Leland House.

  • May 12, 2015
    Janine Martignetti says:
    I'm so sorry for your loss, our condolences to the family and friends. We will keep you in our prayers, All Our Love Ralph & Janine