Susan Elaine Hanrahan Athey

Published 6:02 am Tuesday, October 17, 2023

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Mrs. Susan Elaine Hanrahan Athey, 61, of N. Main St., Mocksville, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023 at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill.

She was born on April 22, 1962 in Scioto County, Ohio to Robert Michael and Linda Kay Nichols Thomas.

Susan was a dedicated wife, mother, sister, and friend who always demonstrated unconditional love and loved with all she had. She enjoyed making others laugh and had the biggest heart that always saw the good in everyone. Susan spent 28 years pouring her love into the students at Pinebrook Elementary School and making a difference in the lives of all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by: her mother-in-law, Nina Athey; father-in-law, Robert Chester Athey Sr.; sister-in-law, Cindy Athey; and the stepmother of her children, Joan Hanrahan.

In addition to her parents, survivors include: her husband of 23 years, Randy Athey; 3 children, Zachary Hanrahan (Andrea), Kourtney Nelson (Matthew), and Morgan Athey (Trey); grandchildren, Baydon, Easton, and one on the way; a brother, Donnie Blevins; a sister, Robin Howard (Adam); brother-in-law, Robert Chester “RC” Athey  Jr. (Jodi); sister-in-law, Janet Durant (Mike); nieces and nephews, Sarah, Emma, Michael, Reid, Kevin, Randy, Jackie, Brooke, Michael and Kit; her four-legged grand-dog, Deacon: and her second family consisting of numerous co-workers, friends and students that were a part of her life in the school system.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Eaton Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at Eaton Funeral Chapel with Dr. David Gilbreath officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 (

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