Nola Osteen Garber

September 17, 1943 - March 29, 2023

09/17/1943 - 03/29/2023

Nola Osteen Garber, 79 of Zirconia, went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2023. Nola was born on September 17, 1943 to parents Arthur Osteen and Isabella Osteen Staton in Hendersonville, North Carolina. After graduating from East Henderson High School in 1960, Nola went to work at Bell South in Asheville where she retired after 36 years. In 1971, Nola and Paul Garber married and spent 52 years together. 


Nola was commonly known as “Muh” to those around her. A nickname that has stuck for 30 years. Once retired, Muh went onto work at Tomorrow’s Hope Daycare for 6 years. A woman who loved children and gave back to those who were in need. She was a dedicated church member at Cedar Springs Baptist Church where she played the piano and organ for her entire life. She loved sharing her passion of music with others. Nola was loved and known by many for her contagious laugh, big heart, and beautiful smile. 


Nola is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Osteen and Isabelle Osteen Staton, brothers Leland and Mack Osteen, and sister Arnettta Mullinax. She is survived by husband Paul Garber, daughter Stacie Mitchell and husband Eric, grandson Dalton Putnam and fiance Paige, grandaughter Autumn Smith and husband Matt, sister Ann Lindsey and husband Johnny, sister-in-laws Loretta Osteen, Nola Jean Osteen Catlin, Rita Garber Garrison, Nancy Pickelsimer, and Wilma Nicholson, brother-in-laws Garland Mullinax and Edward Garber, and many neices and nephews whom she loved very much. 


A visitation will start at 2pm on Sunday, April 2nd followed by a service starting at 3pm at Cedar Springs Baptist Church. A graveside service will take place immediately after at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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Janie Mae Jones McKinley
10 months ago

Attached is a photo of Nola with Daphne Staton (Hedden) when they were 13 years old. The occasion was the Tuxedo Elementary School 8th-grade trip to Raleigh. Several things are memorable about the picture: Daphne and Nola are dressed alike. That is probably because Daphne joined with the Singing Osteen Family at local events during those years. They were best friends, and Daphne regularly visited Nola at the nursing home long after Nola had no memory of who Daphne was. Now that Daphne passed on a few months ahead of Nola, they can visit, play music, and sing together again in Heaven. Also notice that Nola never seemed to age. Her obituary photo looks very much like this picture of her as a young teenager. I loved hearing her sing and always complimented her clear, high voice when she could still attend Lewis’ singings at Maranatha Baptist. She will be missed.

Dwane & Teresa Gragg
10 months ago

Paul, Stacie and Family… Our hearts are saddened during this difficult time for each one of you. Our Love and Prayers are with you. I know it gives great peace, knowing you’ll see her again! (WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE)!!! 🙏🙏

Jeannie Lindsey
10 months ago

Paul and Stacy, I have lost another classmate, cousin and most of all a friend.. Nola and I went to school together through 12 years. Sending prayers and love to each of you.

Tina Scott
10 months ago

So sorry for your loss.

Judy Gibbs
10 months ago

So sorry to hear of your loss, Paul & family. Prayers for you all.

Martha Weber
10 months ago

Stacy, So sorry to hear this. She was a sweet and beautiful person the times I saw her at the office visiting you. My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Martha Weber

Lynn and Greg Pope
10 months ago

Deepest sympathy. Nola was so wonderful to our daughter at Tomorrow’s Hope. Her love of children was evident.

Greg & Rhonda Sitton
10 months ago

We all loved Nola. Blessed to be part of her life and family for many years. Praying for you all. ❤️

Judy King
10 months ago

To family of Nola.

Always enjoyed her sweet smile and musical talents. Special lady. Prayers for you all.

Judy Ward King

Shane Bradley
10 months ago

Paul and Stacie. So sorry to hear about Nola. Heaven has gained another angel. Love and prayers to all of you.