Dona Rae Haney
February 12, 1965 - April 2, 2022

Dona Rae Haney of Carolina Shores, ascended into the Heavens, Our Fathers kingdom, after fighting a 8 year battle of a rare cancer on April 2, 2022 at her home with her daughter by her side.
Dona was born February 12, 1965 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. She was the daughter of her late parents, Donald Haney and Carolyn Haney (Bryant).
Dona is survived by her Daughter Victoria Rose Haney and her supportive fiancee, Stacey Babb; Her sister Teresa Kay Haney of Pinehurst; Her soul sister and beloved neighbors, Rhonda Lynn Riley & fiancee Stacey Leonard of Ash. Dona is also survived by several Aunts and Uncles, and a multitude of cousins.
Dona was a graduate of Pinecrest High School, class of 1983 and soon after she then moved independently to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. She loved living in small coastal towns between Florida, North and South Carolina. She settled  in Ash North Carolina with her Late ex-husband Ervin Dale Simmons, for close to 25 years. After her unfortunate divorce she then moved into her final home in Carolina Shores, North Carolina.
Dona was a lover of the ocean, it was her peaceful place of solitude. She also had a passion for culinary arts, so much that she owned The Pharmacy Restaurant in Southport, North Carolina, 3 Star fine dining; Hand cut steaks, fresh local seafood, caviar, offering an extensive wine list, were just a few of the specialty’s. She often sat 64 for dinner, but fed many more through the back door of the kitchen. Dona was a successful business owner/entrepreneur, no matter the trade, 7 in total, all successful.
Dona was a devoted woman of her Christian faith, she led so many people to Jesus Christ and prayed for any and all in need, as she was a practicing Evangelist. She used every opportunity to speak of the testimonies of her life to relate to others seeking the Father and his son, Jesus Christ. Her ministry was not only through being led by the Holy Spirit but also through her Resale Boutique, The Thrifty Diva in Ocean Isle beach. She would often pray for customers and anoint them with oil; those customers would return and visit so frequently that she then considered them family.
Dona was a loving, kind, compassionate example of a mother for her Daughter, Victoria. She instilled so many morals and standards based upon their Christian faith. She loved being able to pray with her Daughter by her side, everyday for 28 years. The list of shared interests and memories is truly overwhelming. The time shared between the two was such a tremendous blessing.
Dona had a huge support system of friends and there isn’t enough time in the day to list everyone whose life was impacted by her legacy. She was a strong believer in LOVE, “ it’s all about love, HIS LOVE “. This is something that she would wish farewell to her customers/visitors, followed by the ringing of a bell.
Dona did not wish to have any services but to be simply at peace. Her daughter Victoria plans on having a small celebration with friends and family at a later date.


  • Renee King Long Posted April 7, 2022 10:33 pm

    I know Dona is celebrating and smiling in heaven for she has now seen the face of our loving Father, Jesus. I know that everyone will miss her, as they should, but the legacy and love she left behind will last an eternity. She was a true leader of women, a legend, and most importantly she never missed the chance to spread the word of God to any and everyone. All I can say is, “Thank you Dona for just being you, and I will see you again one day in paradise, at your mansion or mine. I love you always & forever. ❤️

  • Marsha Torbic Posted April 8, 2022 10:07 am

    What a wonderful person Dona was. She is really celebrating now.

  • Aunt Terry Posted April 9, 2022 12:09 pm

    To my beautiful Niece, Victoria Rose,
    Life Is Not The Same
    Without Your Mama.
    The sun still rises in the east and sets in the west.
    But, nothing seems quite the same.
    Birds still sing, flowers still bloom and
    the breeze still whispers.
    But, the world will never seem
    the same without your Mama.
    She was so very special
    and our loss is heaven’s gain.
    I am so sad for you and for us but, elated for her! She is happy for all eternity. She’s forever pain free. Her illnesses are healed and she’s basking in the love and the light of our Lord!

  • Elizabeth McDonald Posted April 15, 2022 11:49 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of my friend’s passing n my heart break’s . I have no doubt that is with Christ in his kingdom.

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