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Sandra McHugh Shanahan

September 5, 1961 ~ February 19, 2022 (age 60)


Obituary for Sandra Shanahan 

Sandra Mary McHugh was born to Robert McHugh and Janice Avey in Northampton, Massachusetts on 9/5/1961.

She passed on 2/19/2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina after a long illness related to her lifelong heart issues. She is survived by her siblings, Paula, Anthony, Daniel, Martha and Barbara, her two son’s Kennerson Davis and Kevin Charles Shanahan, her two grandchildren Kennerson Garran and Aisling Emelia Shanahan and Daughter inlaw Debra.

Sandra was a graduate of Escanaba High School in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Central Michigan University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Masters in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. Sandra won a Pulitzer prize while working at the Morning Sun newspaper in Mt. Pleasant Michigan.

She married Kevin Shanahan in 1986 and later divorced in 2010 after 24 years of marriage. Sandra had her first of three heart surgeries in 1964. She worked at the North Carolina Board of Elections and as a Paralegal in Raleigh.

She was an avid crafter and reader. She would devour multiple books each week. Known for her keen wit and sarcasm she could always make you think and laugh. She was a great lover of animals especially dogs and had great compassion for her fellow humans.

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