Obituary C. Amanda Rankin Hambel of Seven Lakes West

C. Amanda (Mandy) Rankin Hambel, 78, of Seven Lakes West, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 5, 2023.

Born in New Rochelle, New York, she was the daughter of the late Robert Rankin and Thelma Bonhomme Rankin.  Mandy was a graduate of Pelham High School, class of 1963, where she was a member of the badminton team, an avid equestrian, known for the best parties, and voted best dressed.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design) from Syracuse University in 1967.

Mandy worked as an Interior Designer in Virginia while her husband Robert (Bob) was in the Navy.  She worked as a teacher, realtor, and professional artist while living in Glastonbury, Connecticut, before retiring to North Carolina.

Mandy is survived by her husband, Bob Hambel, whom she married in 1968,  and her two children, Kate Hambel Curtin and Brion Hambel.  She is also survived by her son-in-law, Bob Curtin and her grandson, Troye Curtin. She was the sister of the late Jim, Rob, and Mike Rankin. 

Mandy enjoyed raising her two children and teaching them to always “think and draw outside the box” and to “leave a place better than you found it.”  These two lessons guided both of them through life.  She is described by her friends as sweet, creative, optimistic, funny, and a great listener.  She adored animals and always had a dog by her side since the day she was born on February 9, 1945.

Our mother asked us if we’d ask you:

“Say a prayer for the wind and the water and the wood…

…And those who live there too.”  – John Denver

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: Plant Trees in Memory – Arbor Day Foundation

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date for close family and friends.

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