Carola Hassley Stone passed away peacefully on May 26, 2020. Born in Hollywood, CA, as a military brat, her true place of origin was Norwich New London, Connecticut. She attended Williams Institute, later moving to Savannah, graduating from Savannah Country Day School. Despite her exceptional fried chicken, her sweetest ice tea, and years in Savannah, far outnumbering those in Connecticut, her children would still refer to her as a Yankee. She hated lima beans and grits, and was offended by turning on the air conditioning before June. She cringed at the use of “ain’t” and “y’all,” but continued to use the Yankee colloquialism “ay-ya” to express agreement.
At the age of 40, she reinvented herself by going back to school to become a registered nurse. For over 25 years, she worked in Neuro ICU at Memorial Medical Center. The fulfillment she gained from nursing was immeasurable and she received many accolades during her career. She had a gentle hand for her patients and the firmest shoulder for their families. In 1996, she was commissioned as an Honorary Plank Owner by the U.S.S. Carney (DDG) for the outstanding care she gave to a military patient and his family. Her life flourished from the joy and grace received from serving others. She gave countless volunteer hours to Savannah Hospice, the Social Apostolate and Sacred Heart Church, receiving the Bishop Gartland Service Award in 2016.
Behind her cloaked, mild mannered demeanor, she was an outspoken, stubborn, adventurous soul with a wicked sense of humor. She rose to conquer every challenge a child could bestow upon a mother and seized every moment to be with her children and grandchildren. In 1976, she got her first and most beloved Basset hound, “Valentine.” Her passion for the breed led her to rescue eight more over the years, as she felt her house was not a home without the pitter patter of four feet and the dragging of long ears across the floor. She loved the outdoors, camping, and traveling; and she loved her oldest and dearest friend of 65 years, Mary Buell Bassett (Aunt Bunny). However far apart, their friendship saw them through all of life’s milestones – good and bad, as they were always willing to travel the distances to support each other.
Surviving are her children, Margaret (Peggy) Stone; R. Micheal Stone, Jr. (Susan), Samantha Douberly (Pat); her glorious grands: Lily and Amelia-Cate StoneParker; Carola, Vivian, and Reese Stone; Mary, Anna Grace, and Matthew Douberly and her godson, David Bassett.
The family wishes to thank the many friends and colleagues who have reached out to express condolences or share a story. Whether you worked with her, prayed with her, or grew up running through our home, she loved you all dearly.
Due to COVID restrictions, funeral arrangements remain private. A public celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Sacred Heart Church.
Oh, Peggy, we are so sorry and you and yours are surely in our prayers. She was such a lovely lady. Much love, Elizabeth.
- Ware, Savannah, Ga
Carola has been missed these past months but now she will be missed even more. I hope she knows we neighbors will continue her care for her beloved neighborhood cats.
- Carolyn Hoops, Savannah, GA
Carola was such a spiritual inspiration to us. We will certainly miss her especially at our little church community meetings. Our prayers go out to her family in the hopes that they will take comfort in her strong faith.
- Norma and Margaret Hiers, SAVANNAH, GA
I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. My prayers for y’all and your beautiful family.
- Wanda Parker , Savannah, Georgia
I worked with Carola in the Case Management Department at Memorial Health. She was a gracious, kind and knowledgeable mentor for many people. I am sorry for your loss.
- Mary Hebing, Savannah, Georgia
So very sorry to hear of Carola's passing. She was a wonderful person who worked hard at whatever she set her mind to. She was a cherished member of our church and a dedicated volunteer as well for the Social Apostolate . I always enjoyed visiting and talking with her and will miss her at mass and the soup kitchen. God bless her.....
- Rod Walker, Savannah, Ga
A great neighbor and dear friend. You will be missed.
- Jim & Brenda Van Fossan, Savannah, GA
May God wrap you all in His arms and give you deep peace. Your sweet mama is finally at peace. Love and Hugs.
- Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt, Savannah, GA
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Peggy and family. Was honored to work with your mom. Kay and John Reynolds
- Kay reynolds, Savannah , Ga
I worked with & shared an office with Ms. Carola for many years when we worked for the Case Management department at Memorial. I adored my time working with her. She was firm then soft hearted, funny and colorful in all the very best ways. She will always remain one of my favorite people. It was such a shock to scroll through Facebook and see this news. Lots of love & sincere prayers are being said for all those who knew her and love her.
- Allison Clements, Eden, Georgia
Peggy, Mike, and Sam my heart breaks for you all. My prayers are with you and your families at this time. Sending hugs and love!
- Libby Miller, Savannah, Ga
Carola and Family, I am so sorry this has happened. I pray you will have the peace that you need as you walk the days before you. ...Love you, Miss B.
- Lynne Boatright, Savannah, GA
My condolences to her family, I worked with her at Memorial. She was a beautiful lady inside and outside, she will truly be missed.
- Sandra Washington Williams, Sylvania, Ga
Peggy, Lily and Amelia Cate we are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you. Peggy, you are a wonderful and strong daughter and mother. We love you.
- Stacy and Win, Savannah, Ga
A dear friend and member of our Raphael Small Church Community since our first meeting 25 years ago. Our spiritual family will deeply miss her willingness to share her faith,her love and support and her great Apple pie. May her life continue to be a blessing to all of us.
- Otto and Mary Lou Schwalb, Savannah, GA
My thoughts and love are with all of you. I loved your mom. A great lady. She is greatly missed. So very sorry for your loss.
- Angie, Savannah , Georgia
I was lucky enough to work with Ms Carola for years at Memorial. I am grateful for the time and all she taught me. I am sorry to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful nurse, case manager, and person.
- Christen Standiford , Savannah, Ga
Carola was my dear mentor when I went back to school at the age of 40 and went into nursing, coming out to work in NICU. Your tribute written here is PERFECT & I smiled through tears reading this. I love your Mom. We worked many NICU shifts together, had many grand talks and shared a love for Bassett Hounds among other things. She has a beautiful crown in Heaven I know. Much love and heart hugs to all of you who will miss her so... Marissa
- Marissa Jones Lewis, Jesup & Augusta, Georgia
Bless your family! What an incredible woman!! Fellow nurse, God Bless
- Allana Strickland, Guyton, GA
Ms. Carola you will be deeply missed. You were one of my nurse mentors during my years at Memorial. I had the honor of reconnecting with you not long ago and taking care of you. Hugs and prayers to your family.
- Lori Casanova, Savannah, GA
Carola was an amazing woman, nurse and friend. She always had time for a story and she always had an ear and shoulder to cry on. I am a yankee too and she always made me applesauce the “ yankee way” just like my grandmother made. She was a kind soul and she will be missed by many. My heart , thoughts and prayers to her family ❤️
- Amy Sullivan , Bluffton , SC
Such an AMAZING Nurse, Friend & Mentor! THANK YOU for ALL of the Wisdom bestowed, Knowledge of Rights & Religion, LOVE for Humanity and Your Endless Humor! I will MISS YOU but am SO VERY BLESSED to have worked beside you and called you my Friend!
- Lola King, Savannah , Ga
Peggy and Family, I am sorry to hear about your Mom. What a life well lived! My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
- Martha Stacy Leach, Hebron, KY
I am so saddened by the news of Carola’s passing. I worked with her at Memorial and learned from her much about the needs of patients after they survive a critical illness. She was always a calm voice in the room. We both loved sharing stories about our basset hounds. She will be missed.
- Crystal Logsdon , Pensacola, FL
Carola was a fabulous person. I loved her. She was always as listed in your tribute firm with her ideas. I can't say how many times during report, I would get the "over the glasses look" telling me to hush. She was a great leader. The NICU was here baby...it ran like a well oiled machine. She was also very kind and tender while teaching the new Rns. She was a serogate mom to many, myself included. She was a very compassionate and caring nurse. She will be greatly missed and thought of often. Joy
- Joy Perry Jaqua, savannah, Ga
Samantha and Peggy...you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Your Mom was a good and holy woman, I am certain she has entered the gates of Heaven and is sitting at the Eucharistic Table with Our Heavenly Father. May she rest in eternal peace. With Love and deepest sympathy. Jane Harte Sipple
- Jane Harte Sipple, Savannah, GA
So saddened to read of Carola's passing. We worked together many days at Memorial. She was a great nurse and gifted in teaching others. My deepest condolences to all of her family and friends
- Jerry Quinn, Richmond Hill, Ga
I would like to express my condolences to Peggy Stone and family for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
- Ivy Davis-Palmer , Savannah , Georgia
Our deepest condolences. Carola was an amazing nursecand patient advocate. I was privileged to work with her at Memorial for many years. I pray for your comfort and peace as you celebrate her life and memories. God bless.
- T J Haymans Benedict , Pooler , Ga
What a legacy your wonderful mother left for her children and grandchildren! May God hold her in the palm of His hand. Prayers for all of you...
- Mary Cecile Stanley
I’m praying for your mother Peggy and for you and your family. May she Rest In Peace. She is now resting in God’s hands and looking out for all of you. God bless you all.
- Maria De la Guardia, Atlanta, GA
She taught me so much in my young nursing career, I think of her often. No one has made such an impression on me. My heart goes out to her family. The world is a little grayer now with her gone. Know that she is now in her heaven with her dear Bassets.
- Elizabeth Guncsaga, Surprise, Arizona
Peggy, Samantha, and Michael, what a beautiful and honest tribute to your precious mother. I will always remember her wonderful smile- there was always more to it than just a smile. May loving memories of your mom Carola help you find comfort during this difficult time. Love to you all, Ann
- Ann Stacy, Atlanta , GA
To the family so sorry for your lost. Mrs Stone will be missed. Wonderful person to work with
- Diana Wright , Savannah, GA
Dan & I have very fond memories of Carol at Sacred Heart. A lovely person! We are so sad to hear of her passing. Our hearts go out to her family at this time. God Bless. Sandy and Dan Davis.
- Sandra S Davis, Savannah, GA
Sending love and prayers to The family. So sorry for your loss.
- Carmela Aliffi , Savannah , Georgia
Deepest sympathy. Carola looks like an angel in this picture. Your mom was that for many in ICU and case management where we worked together. RIP my friend. No one could ever replace you. A star born in Hollywood. You have left many of us with warm fuzzy Fealing’s when we recall our memories. If I can help somebody as I pass along Then my livining shall not be in vain was written for you
- Elspeth stewart, Savannah / Baton Rouge , Louisiana
I was so sad to hear of Carola’s passing. Carola was such a mentor to me and so many in the (old Neuro ICU) , she was the kind of Nurse I wanted to be smart,compassionate,hard working always available for her fellow nurses , patients and families. I loved hearing wonderful stories about her family she loved all of you so much . Rest easy my friend ❤️
- Jennifer Smith, Guyton, Georgia
I extend my sincere sympathy to Carola's family for this huge loss. I went to Williams School with Carola and Bunny and we shared many wonderful times all together. I visited her once in Savannah and I know how much love and devotion she felt for her family. She will be missed by many.
- Susan Hocking, La Jolla, CA
Our love out to all the family on the loss of one of the sweetest and loveliest Ladies in this world.Had the privilege of working, associating thru Church and prayer affiliations. Served on committees, councils and acts of kindness to the community and fellow neighbor. Integrity could have been her middle name.God had a plan for her and now she is with Him but will be missed by all who knew her. Love, Tim & Gail Ansley
- timothy f. ansley, Savannah, GA
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
- Pam&David Spitdowski , Savannah, Ga