Dorothy Jean Sandlin, 85, of Wilmington passed Wednesday January 2, 2013 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Dot was born in Chicago, Illinois March 22, 1927 the daughter of the late Charles and Edna Moran Stephens, III. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Gribble.
She came to Wilmington in the mid 1950s and was the first gift shop manager at the USS North Carolina Battleship. She then went on to work for the Hilton Riverfront. Before her retirement she was the front desk manager of Whitey’s El-Berta Motor Inn for more than 20 years. She was a longtime member of Residents of Old Wilmington. Along with her volunteer work in the historic district of Wilmington, she was also a pioneer in the restoration of historic homes.
Surviving are daughters Sandra Malpass and husband Billy of Currie, Diane S. Grimes and husband John of Leland, three grandchildren Avery Gray and wife Laura, Brandy Bell and husband Matt, and Daniel Williams II, seven great-grandchildren Dominic, Katelyn, Aidan, Amari, Kiernan, Logan, and Zander. Also surviving are a very special niece Nancy Faye Craig and a special “son” Marlon McDaniels.
Visitation will be held Saturday January 5, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, Village Road Memorial Chapel in Leland. Graveside Services will be held at Oleander Memorial Gardens at 11:30 AM.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, Village Road Chapel, 535 Village Road, Leland, NC. 28479. 910.383.3511