December 7, 2018
Dorothy Hire Stott, 98, retired art instructor, peacefully passed on December 7, 2018 at Seaside Health Care Center at Atlantic Shores, Virginia Beach, VA.
Mrs. Stott was born in Lorain, Ohio, on November 14, 1920. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Art with a minor in Drama from Ashland College (now University) and her Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. She taught all age groups during her career – Montessori School, Middle School, High School and College level as well as senior citizens. Her specialties were Art History, Art Fundamentals and Fashion Design. Mrs. Stott strongly believed that “art is the desire of one to express oneself, to record the reactions of one’s personality to the world one lives in”. She did state that she was “better at teaching art than actually being an artist”. She enjoyed collecting special paintings from famous artists as well as ones from her students.
Mrs. Stott adored moving and decorating new homes – Buffalo, NY, Toledo, OH, Waterville, OH, Columbus, MS, Dallas, TX, Coronado, CA, Greenwood, MS, and finally Virginia Beach. She also enjoyed traveling, visiting any and all museums, reading, needlepoint and performing with amateur theater groups. She was a prolific list writer and possessed a wealth of information. She loved all large bodies of water. Although diminutive, she enjoyed food and possessed a voracious appetite making some of us wonder if she perhaps had a hollow leg.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Roy Stott, Jr. as well as her parents, Harry and Ruby Hire and her twin brothers Jack and Jim Hire, of Mansfield, OH.
Mrs. Stott is survived by son Brett Hanville (Mary) of Pacifica, CA; daughter Betsy McCormick of Virginia Beach, VA; son Jay Stott (Gabrielle) of Winchester, MA; granddaughter Valerie Trujillo (Santos) of Imperial Beach, Ca; granddaughter Romie Faienza (Ciro) of Winchester, MA; granddaughter Arielle Stott of Atlanta, GA; great grandsons Seth and Wyatt Trujillo and Ilario and Nicodemo Faienza, sister in law Phyllis Hire and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins as well as her very dear friend Harry Barranger.
No memorial service is planned at this time. Her ashes will be inurned with her husband’s at Fort Rosecrans, San Diego, overlooking the San Diego Bay, the Pacific Ocean and her favorite home, Coronado.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of the Atlantic Shores Community and most especially and most recently to the kind and caring staff of Seaside Health Care Center.