Harriet Funk Vanstory
Harriet Funk Vanstory
  • April 22, 1946 - August 4, 2017
  • North Carolina

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Harriet Funk Vanstory died Friday, August 4, 2017 at home. Following a private burial, a memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 11 o'clock am in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC, where she was a member.

Mrs. Vanstory was born in Delaware on April 22, 1946. She was the daughter of Harry Lawrence Funk and Ruth Carver Funk. She attended Salem College and the University of North Carolina where she received a Master's in French.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Vanstory was pre-deceased by her sister Margaret (Peggy) Funk Moser and brother-in-law Dr. Galen Cartner Moser. She is survived by her husband, Peter Vaughn Vanstory; his three children, Peter Vanstory Jr.; Leigh Vanstory Poe and husband Thomas Lee Poe and daughter Caroline McCray Poe; Pennington Vanstory and his wife Kelly Stender Vanstory; her three nieces, Linda Page Moser, Margaret (Meg) Moser Michael and her husband Jeffrey Shannon Michael and their two children, Alexander Gray Michael and William Christopher Michael; Emily Moser Semans, her husband William (Bill) Merrick Semans, and her children, Helen Carver Semans, Emily Merrick Semans, and William McEvoy Semans.

A devoted wife and aunt, Mrs. Vanstory's first priority and most important job in life was supporting, caring for, and providing a home for her husband and extended family. Her devotion to her family began as a young girl when she looked up to her older sister with whom she shared a close and very special relationship. She was caring and supportive of her parents in their elder years, and very devoted to her husband of 44 years. She found joy in her great-nieces, nephews and granddaughter and loved spending time with and caring for them. Whenever possible she was present at their activities. She rarely missed a basketball game, a concert, a school event, a ballet performance or a horse show. She taught French, Spanish, and English for 27 years in the Burlington City and Guilford County school systems. Her life lessons in teaching touched many students and she was able to keep in contact with many of them through the years.

Mrs. Vanstory was a kind, generous, and compassionate individual. Ever the organizer and consummate hostess, she served many leadership roles in her community and was very devout in her religious beliefs.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Greensboro, 1001 Freeman Mill Rd, Greensboro, NC 27406 ;or First Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC or the charity of one's choice.

Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, condolences may be offered at, www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.