Shirley Ann Cranston, January 18,1959 ~ March 19, 2013
Shirley Ann Cranston, 54 of Fayetteville passed away on March 19, 2013 following a courageous 21 month battle with cancer. She was born January 18, 1959 in Evanston, Illinois, daughter of Felix Hostnick and Nancy Paxton.
Shirley worked 23 years as a bank teller for Bank of Fayetteville. She loved the caring and training of horses and dogs. Her love of animals also included many rescues. Shirley’s passion for animal rescue was widely known. Oaklawn Park wrote an article on her saving an orphaned foal which later won three races. Shirley was very creative in her hobbies of needlepoint, photography, gardening and continuous home improvements. She loved the competition of dog agility training. Her border collie, Lacy was showing early promise when the cancer was diagnosed. Over 20 race horses were retired and retrained for adoption under her watchful eye. Absolutely no abuse was allowed in her training regimen. Trainers from Oaklawn Park sent many expensive thoroughbreds for turn out and rehab knowing of her care. Many an afternoon found Shirley working with young horses, without use of halter on lead. Her kindness and bright smile will be missed. She will be remembered for facing death with courage, never once complaining but fighting to the end. Shirley Ann will be forever remembered by her surviving husband, Mel Cranston of Fayetteville; his children, Erin Layne and family of Broken Arrow, Okla, Jacob Cranston and family of Fayetteville. She was preceded in death by her brother, Stephen Hostnick. Other surviving family include mother, Nancy Paxton, stepfather, Del Paxton, brother, Scott Hostnick, nephew, Tim Hostnick all of Springhill, Florida, sister, Suzanne and husband Steven Henault of Middleboro, Mass; nieces, Jessica Hostnick of Medway, Mass and Jenifer Hostnick of newton, NH.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Rev. Gary Lunsford officiating.
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