Shirley Rathbone Haner, 76, of Valle Crucis, NC peacefully passed away at Life Care Center of Banner Elk on February 25, 2018, following a lengthy illness.

Born in Yancey County NC in 1942 then moving to and living in Henderson County, NC until 1986, Shirley was previously married to S.G.Norton, Jr. Of Dana NC and is survived by a daughter Phyllis Drake, son in law Jeff and grandson Zachary Drake.

Remarrying in 1986 to Ralph Haner and moving to Valle Crucis NC, Shirley worked almost 20 years at Appalachian State University. Her hard work, dedication and love for her family and friends will be missed. All who knew her loved her and her spark and strength was admired.

In addition to her daughter and family, surviving are her siblings Betty Banther and Sheila Floyd of Hendersonville and Dean Rathbone of Silver Bay Minnesota. Preceding in death were her daughter Tania Zamani and her sister Sandra Nodurft.

There will be no funeral service or visitation. Cremation will be at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home. A memorial celebration will be announced at a later date.
    In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the American Stroke Association or to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation

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