ERWIN — Margaret Sue Range danced her way to Heaven on Monday, January 16, 2012.
She was a long time active member of Centenary United Methodist Church. She graduated from Unicoi County High School and attended East Tennessee State University. She married Harry Range, owner of Range Chevrolet, in 1945.
Before receiving formal dance training, she exhibited her passion for dance, earning the nickname Little Shirley Temple. After her first dance classes, her instructors saw her talent and began taking her to New York City for more intensive dance training. She aspired to dance on Broadway but focused her talents on opening Margaret Sue Range Dancing School in her hometown of Erwin, TN, in 1945. She touched many hearts through the hundreds of students she instructed in Johnson City, Greeneville, Bristol, and Spruce Pine, NC.
She was East TN Director for Tri-State Talent Competition and an active member of various prestigious dance organizations. In 1987 she was chosen, along with her daughters and a select group of dancers, to appear in the successful film “Dirty Dancing.”
She had a passion for dancing and a zeal for life that was unparalleled. Her life was truly dedicated to her students and friends, and above all, her family.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry Range; son Tim Range; parents, Lonnie and Faye Vance; brothers Kyle, Earl and Lee Vance; and sisters, Clara Dearing and Edna Gray.
She is survived by daughters, Lisa Range and Angie Range Guinn; grandchildren, Raven Range Edwards and husband, David, of Knoxville, Jade Guinn, of Los Angeles, Sable Arrowood, of Knoxville, and Devon Guinn, of Erwin; great-grandchildren, Parker and Mary-Kate Edwards; and several special nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of The Center on Aging and Health for their care and compassion for Margaret Sue while she was in their care.
The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. with a Celebration of Life to follow at 3:00 on Sunday, January 22, 2012, at Centenary United Methodist Church with Rev. Lloyd Jones officiating.
Online obituary may be viewed and condolences extended at www.mccartyevergreen.com.