MAGGIE VALLEY — Susan A, Heyer, 88, passed away Wednesday evening, Sept. 4, 2019, at Maggie Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Susan is survived by her four children; Julie Whelan and Anne Hoppe of Waynesville, Daniel (Tracey) Whelan and Thomas Whelan all of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; one sister, Joan Gansert of California; along with three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Susan was a remarkable woman. She was a homemaker and a small business owner of Cross Stitch Cottage in Maggie Valley.

Susan enjoyed life participating as a former “Miss Maggie” the beloved iconic character for Maggie Valley, a member of the Red Hat Society and a member of the Ladies Sailing Team in Ft. Lauderdale for many years, she loved being on the water and living in the mountains.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the family and the online register is available at

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