Jane Saunders Harb
Jane Saunders Harb of Boone died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.
She was born to the late Richard and Margaret Saunders, Feb. 6, 1941, in Salem, Va. Jane graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in 1959, eventually earning a Doctorate in Education in Interior Design from Virginia Polytechnic University in 1980.
Jane left a legacy of education at Appalachian State University as a professor of Interior Design, where she taught for 26 years. She was passionate about hands-on Interior Design education, having students re-design many parts of the Appalachian campus during the course of their studies.
Janie grew up in Virginia, and always had a love for the country. She raised her two sons as a single parent, put herself through school and brought national prominence to the Interior Design program at Appalachian State University.
She will be remembered by her inexorable love for her sons, her love for her students, her commitment to higher education, her fondness of the beach, and her dedication to good manners.
Jane is survived by two children, Trey Harb (wife, Sara) of Charlotte, and Jonathan Harb of San Rafael, Calif. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Miles and Meredith Harb; two brothers and one sister, Richard Hyde Saunders Jr (wife, Linda), Robert William Saunders (wife, Sandi) and Margaret Anne McKinney (husband, Garland B "Max"); and many nieces, nephews and cousins throughout Virginia.
A viewing will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at John M Oakey Funeral Home in Salem. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at East Hills Cemetery, with the funeral following at 11 a.m. at Salem Presbyterian Church in Salem.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock, with a gathering of friends and family at the Best Cellar (Ragged Garden Inn) just after.
In lieu of flowers, Jane requested donations be made to Appalachian State University Foundation Inc., to the Jane S. Harb Interior Design Scholarship , P.O. Box 32014, Boone, NC 28608. Please also note that the gift is in Memory of Dr. Jane Harb.
An online guestbook is available by visiting http://www.johnmoakey.com.
John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home and Crematory, Salem, is serving the Harb family; (540) 389-5441.