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Dorothy Waters

Obituary
  • "I am deeply sorry to hear of Dot's passing. I loved her..."
    - Ernestine Durante
  • "It was my great pleasure to be Dot's companion at Sharon..."
    - Kathy Gunnison

Dorothy Noland Waters CHARLOTTE - Dorothy Noland Waters, 86, of Charlotte passed away peacefully on Sunday morning April 6, 2014. Born March 25, 1928 in Nashville, Tennessee, she was the daughter of David Benjamin Noland and Dorothy Boylin Noland. She is survived by her husband of 61 years K. Martin Waters, Jr.; a son K. Martin Waters, III and his wife Bennett Wellons Waters; a daughter, Robin Waters Griffith; four grandchildren, K. Martin Waters, IV, Caroline Bennett Waters, Thomas Preston White Griffith and David Benjamin Noland Griffith, all of Charlotte. She is also survived by her two sisters, Barbara O'Steen of Seattle, Wash. and Shirley Turner of Atlanta, Ga. Dot graduated from Hillsborough High School in Nashville, Tenn. where she enjoyed playing basketball and was voted Most Friendly in her graduating class. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1950 where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Shortly thereafter she became a stewardess for Eastern Airlines. Based in Charlotte, she flew major routes up and down the east coast. She was honored by Eastern for her service by flying on the last commercial DC3 flight for Eastern Airlines and that plane is on display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Dot was an avid golfer and snow skier the majority of her adult life. She was accomplished at both, being a former ladies golf champion at Charlotte Country Club and a confident skier whose favorite mountains included Sugar Mt., Aspen and Vail. Living in the south in the 60's as a snow skier, Dot was surely ahead of her time. Beginning in the early 70's Dot and her family started spending many happy days in the mountains at Grandfather Golf and Country Club, continuing to play golf in the summer and ski in the winter. She was a member of the Junior League of Charlotte, The Charlotte Assembly Debutante Club and Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Dot enjoyed modeling for Montaldo's and volunteering for Stephens Ministries. Dot was also a voracious reader. Among her other talents, she participated in water ballet competitions and was an excellent pianist. She became known as Granny by the family once grandchildren were born and she spent many a day and night babysitting, caring and teaching her grandchildren. She took much pride in helping rear them in their formative years. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 in the morning on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Steven P. Eason officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in Oxford Hall. Inurnment in the columbarium of Myers Park Presbyterian Church will be private. The family would like to thank the staff at Sharon Towers and HomeInstead for Senior Care for their care and kindness. Memorials may be made to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207. Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service; please share condolences online at www.hankinswhittington.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2014
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