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Dorothy Kerns (Dot) Costa

July 29, 1927 August 21, 2019
Dorothy Kerns (Dot) Costa
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Dorothy Kerns (Dot) Costa, 92, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at UNC Rex Healthcare. She was preceded in death by her parents Edgar Kerns and Margaret Wright Kerns, and sister Margaret Kerns Hunt. Mrs. Costa was also preceded in death by the love of her life, husband John Anthony Costa in 1967.

Mrs. Costa is survived by her daughter Carol Costa Brinkley and husband Bob Brinkley, of Raleigh; brother-in-law Richard Costa and wife Jeanne Costa, of Westport, MA; and niece Teresa Hardison and husband Gary Hardison, of Arapahoe, NC. Mrs. Costa is also survived by her constant companion for the past 13 years, her cat, Sunny D.

Mrs. Costa was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Durham where, prior to her death, she was the longest-time member. She graduated from Durham High School and spent most of her life in Durham. She was well known for her bright blue eyes, perfectly styled hair, and stylish clothing. Although she worked as a bank bookkeeper and in the office at Braggtown Elementary School, most of her adult life was spent as a homemaker. She served as chaperone for trips and events with Carol and her friends at Northern High School. Several of Carol’s friends considered her to be their second Mom. Mrs. Costa enjoyed helping others. She was the first on the scene to help with meals, laundry, errands, or sometimes just to be a friend when needed. She was very active in keeping up with high school classmates, family, and friends in her extensive social network.

A memorial service will be held Saturday August 24, 2019, 3pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Scott Anderson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Dorothy Costa, be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1200 West Cornwallis Rd., Durham, NC 27705, or to Safe Haven for Cats, 8431-137 Garvey Dr., Raleigh, NC 27616.

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3:00 PM 8/24/2019 3:00:00 PM
St. Paul's Lutheran Church

1200 W. Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC 27705

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
1200 W. Cornwallis Rd. Durham 27705 NC
United States

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