Obituary for Elizabeth Hanrahan

Obituary for Elizabeth Hanrahan

Elizabeth Longley Hanrahan, 73, of Ocracoke, NC died Sunday, May 20, 2018, at her home in Ocracoke.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 25, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Madge Longley, RN and L. Philip Longley, MD.

Having earned degrees from Marjorie Webster, Jr. College, Washington, DC, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, NY, and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, Elizabeth continued her education by earning her graduate degree at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 

She was an educator having taught at Brenau College and Johnson High School in Gainesville, GA, New Bern High School in New Bern, NC and Ocracoke School in Ocracoke, NC. 

Elizabeth was raised Catholic and saw wildlife and environmental care as her mission. She never sought recognition or awards though she received many. 

In every city she lived, Elizabeth served on various community and civic boards. Staring in 1985, Elizabeth served as a Wildlife Rehabilitator and Educator as well as an Environmental Educator. She served as President of the North Carolina Wildlife Rehabilitators for two terms, and a board member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators. While living in Gainesville, GA, she served as President of the Humane Society, President of the League of Women Voters, and President of Theater Wings. She was a lifetime member of the Ocracoke Historical Society and after moving to Ocracoke, NC, she became a member of the Ocracoke Foundation.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Calvin Hanrahan of Ocracoke, NC; two sons, Brian Hanrahan of Indiana and Hahn Hanrahan of China; and one grandson, Avery.

A celebration of Elizabeth’s life will be held at a later date.

Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at


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