Dorothy “Nanny Dot” Juanita Bost Ottone, 88, of Statesville, N.C., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, August 19, 2022, at her home. She was born on September 23, 1933, in Iredell County, N.C., and was the daughter of the late William Preston and Lizzie Estelle Weston Bost.

Mrs. Ottone was employed with BellSouth from September of 1951. BellSouth then changed its name to AT&T, where she worked in Statesville for 36 years, and then transferred to Newton for almost six years. Mrs. Ottone and her late husband, John, both retired on December 31, 1994.

“Nanny Dot” was known by many and never met a stranger. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend who had a passion for sending cards and coloring pictures for just about everyone she knew. “Nanny Dot” was also known for her famous macaroni and cheese.

In addition to her parents, William Preston Bost and Lizzie Estelle Weston Bost, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Joseph Ottone Sr.; sons, Daniel Ottone and John Joseph Ottone Jr.; grandson, Ethan Aaron Ottone; and 11 siblings.

Those left to cherish her memory include her two sons, Anthony “Tony” Ottone Sr. (Alice) and Timothy “Tim” Ottone (Carla); daughter, Sherry Sells (David); her 10 grandchildren, John M. Ottone (Jessica), Bryan C. Ottone, Anthony L. Ottone Jr. (April), Jonathon D. Sells (Janna), Joshua K. Ottone (Tiffany), Jessica O. Wooten, Brittany S. Boggs (James), Nicholas R. Ottone (Erica), Matthews L. Sells, and Natalie A. Ottone; her 19 great-grandchildren, Kyah, Caspian, Cierra, Joseph, Ella, Landon, Austin, Adalyn, Charlie, Trenton, Zaylee, Zyler, Zada, Zyla, Zola, Allie, Colton, Jagger and Hayven; four great-great grandchildren; her brother, Rayford Bost; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at Nicholson Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Nicholson Funeral Home with Pastor Michael Pharr officiating. A graveside service will follow at Iredell Memorial Gardens.

Honoring “Nanny Dot” as pallbearers are her grandsons, John M. Ottone, Bryan C. Ottone, Anthony P. Ottone Jr., Jonathon D. Sells, Joshua K. Ottone, Nicholas R. Ottone, and Matthew L. Sells.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

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Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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