Stella J. Hart

Published 9:32 am Tuesday, November 16, 2021

COLUMBUS — Stella J. Hart was born on Jan 20, 1936, and passed away on November 12, 2021, in Columbus, NC. 

Stella was a dedicated teacher and guided many young students to success.  She attended primary and secondary school in Stirling, Scotland and was very proud of her Scottish heritage.  Stella served seven years with the UK Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and later earned her teaching degree from the Brighton College of Education.  She went on to teach in both England and at the NATO Dependents School in the Netherlands.  After seven years there she met and married Colonel Albert (Al) Hart, USAF, who was with the NATO AFCENT headquarters.  They were married in Brunssum, the Netherlands 46 years ago.  After becoming a US citizen and while living in Nevada, she taught ESL and stained glass for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, creating commissioned stained-glass windows for select customers.

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Stella and Al lived in California, Nevada, Utah, and Alabama before retiring to the Tryon Estates community in Columbus, NC in 2010.  Her favorite vacation homes were on Cedar Mountain, Utah and Dauphin Island, Alabama. She traveled extensively visiting more than 45 countries on six continents. While living at Tryon Estates she was very active in her support for the Laurel Lake Music Society and The House of Flags.  Her many friends remember her as a kind, helpful and dedicated lady.

Surviving her are her husband Al of Columbus NC, a sister Moira (Mike) Snair in England, a nephew, William H. (Jeannine) Bauman of Virginia, MN, and many nieces, nephews and cousins in England, Australia and the US.  Her parents, George and Ivy Greenhorn, as well as siblings Sheena Wylie, Hilda Brothers and Ian Greenhorn are deceased.  

A memorial service will be held at the Tryon Estates Chapel on November 19, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.

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McFarland Funeral Chapel & Crematory

Tryon, North Carolina