Nina Osteen VanDorn

February 15, 1915 - April 21, 2009
Nina Osteen VanDorn

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Nina VanDorn, 94, of Hendersonville, NC, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at the Laurels of Hendersonville.

Born in Henderson County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Haskel Osteen and Ludeth Susan Ledbetter Osteen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Leo Capps, Sr.; brothers, Haskel A. ìBertî Osteen and C. Harold Osteen; and sister, Margaret Lamonaco.

Before returning to Hendersonville, she had resided in New York for 30 years and Hawaii for 22 years. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her loving family, two sons, John Leo Capps, Jr. of Flat Rock and Theodore “Ted” Capps of Hendersonville; two grandsons, Barry Capps and wife, Christina, and Todd Capps and wife, Rhonda; three granddaughters, Gail Pennell and husband, Bill; Carol Smith and husband, Tim; and Cathy Edney and husband, David; brother, David G. Osteen of Greensboro; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including her special niece, Carol Politi of New York.

Her family will have a private celebration of her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


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  • April 22, 2009
    Magallon Family says:
    May you find courage to face tomorrow in the love that surrounds you today. At this time of sorrow may these truths sustain you....your loved one will always be as close as a memory and the God of all comfort is always as close as a prayer. I have fought the fine fight, I have run the course to the finish, I have observed the faith.-2Timothy 4:7. As for me, I will lie down that I may sleep; I shall certainly awake, for Jehovah himself keeps supporting me. -Psalms 3:5

  • April 23, 2009
    Donna Leven says:
    We met Ms. Nina when our mother, Marjorie Jones, was admitted to The Laurels of Hendersonville and became Nina's roommate for a short period of time. until the middle of December. It was meant to be as we could not have picked a better roommate for Mom. Nina kept a watchful eye out for Mom and cared for her buzzing the nurses when necessary, etc. We four girls, Mom and our good friend Deb (Rhubarb as Nina would call her) took Nina in as she was one of our own. We have stayed in touch visiting Nina weekly since Mom passed and we have had so many great laughs, good stories, dancing and a couple sips of wine together. Nina is very special to us all and we will miss her dearly. Majorie Jones' girls, Jerri, Jackie, Nikki, Donna, and good buddy "Rhubarb".

  • April 27, 2009
    Deb Sharp (Rhubarb) says:
    What a special lady! Truly Nina was a gift to me. Her generous heart and beautiful smile spoke to my soul in so many ways. Thank you Nina for the Rhubarb sauce. I will miss her wonderful sense of humor and her nurturing heart. Her loving touch brought peace to us during some of our hardest days. We will never forget her. Our lives are better because we met Nina VanDorn. Our special blessing from God. I will treasure the short season I had with her. Nina Vandorn and Margie Jones two awesome women. Truly I am blessed! Shalom, Deb Sharp (Rhubarb)