Mrs. Betty Jane Hanlon Ganung, 83, of Granite Falls, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2023, (one day from her birthday) at College Pines in Rutherford College NC, after a period of declining health.

Mrs. Ganung was born November 19, 1939, in N.Y., the only daughter of the late Fred and Josephine Pelz Hanlon. Born and raised in NY, Betty married Frank Richard Ganung in 1957. After the birth of their three children, Betty worked for a veterinary practice where her love for animals blossomed. She became a lifetime member of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America and developed a passion for breeding and showing English Cockers. She bred over 70 Champions and 4 Grand Champions, as well as many, many well- loved pets and companions under her kennel name of Amawalk English Cocker Spaniels. Betty and her husband Frank moved to Morganton, North Carolina in 1988 where they opened and ran Kustom Kare Kennel. They sold the business in 2003 to retire and travel across the country, later returning to North Carolina. After the death of her husband in 2009, Betty continued to enjoy travel and photography, taking many adventurous trips – even hiking Machu Picchu in her 70’s. A strong and independent woman, Betty leaves behind an amazing legacy of children, grandchildren and her beloved English Cockers.

Surviving are her three children, Sheryl Breau (Paul) of Granite Falls, Deborah Cash (Hadley) of Kernersville, NC and Richard Ganung (Judy) of Sylva, NC., and her four -footed child “Mickey”.

Also surviving are her grandchildren, Melissa, Matthew, Keith, Austin, Richard Jr., Darin, Shelby, Stephanie and great-grandchildren, Braydon, Nyla, Lily and Eliana.

Services will be private, at the convenience of the family.

Instead of flowers, memorial Donations may be made to:

Christ United Methodist Church at :

or English Cocker Spaniel Club Health and Rescue at :


The family wants to extend a sincere thank you to the staff and team members at College Pines Health and Rehab, who helped care for Betty over the last few months and Beckie Bottomley-Lenz who helped her maintain her independence prior to her admission to College Pines.