Laurie McClanahan

February 19, 1920 - October 13, 2015
Laurie McClanahan

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Laurie McClanahan, 95, of Flat Rock entered into rest Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Elizabeth House after a brief illness.

Born in Bay City, Michigan, she was a daughter of the late Jaro and Hazel Hess.  She was also preceded in death by her son, William Gallant and sister, Vivian Burke.

Mrs. McClanahan lived in Danville, VA before moving to Henderson County over 20 years ago and was a member of the Arden Seventh-day Adventist Church.  She was an artist, a published author and an avid reader who loved to research family genealogy.  Mrs. McClanahan was a lady full of humor and spunk.  She cherished her cat, Bengi, and thoroughly enjoyed his company.  She used her adventurous spirit to lead her through life, the good and the bad.  As a very spiritual person who loved her Lord, she never allowed any of life’s struggles to alter her spiritual walk.  Her words of wisdom for everyone in life were always “Don’t get old!”

She is survived by her daughters, Ardie Gallant of Zirconia and Gail Bremner and husband, Douglas, of Flat Rock; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and her beloved cat and companion, Bengi.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Arden Seventh-day Adventist Church.  The family is officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Rd. Flat Rock, NC 28731 or Train Them to Fish (


Saturday, October 17, 2015
12:00 AM

Arden Seventh-day Adventist Church - Directions
35 Airport Road
Arden, NC

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  • October 14, 2015
    Kathy Foster says:
    Many, many fond memories of times with my neighbor... Friday night hot fudge sundaes and popcorn; shucking corn; raking leaves - way too many to count. Laurie was a wonderful neighbor and friend. The last time I talked to her I called her Mrs. and she told me she thought I was old enough to call her Laurie now. Her spunk and sense of humor will stay with me always.

  • October 15, 2015
    Cari Hammonds says:
    She had a ready smile for everyone and a delightful sense of humor. She brought cheer to so many with her cards and her notes. Max and I will miss her.

  • March 24, 2016
    Paula Weatherwax says:
    My mother Bettie Thorne was a friend of Laurie's from Bay City and I have been trying to reach her to let her know that Bettie passed away on December 24, 2015. They really enjoyed keeping in touch and I had shared emails with her. She was very inspirational when my dad passed away. I hope they are sharing conversations again. Paula Weatherwax