Susan Castorena Nichols

Born in Queens, NY on January 12, 1952

Departed on January 5, 2018 and resided in Old Hickory, TN

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Susan B. Castorena Nichols, 65, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018. Born in Queens, NY, January 12, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Rudolpho and Ann (Olsen) Castorena. Susan derived her greatest joy from being with her family. She was an accomplished cook and baker and truly loved to do so for others. She was selfless, thoughtful and caring but she could also be sassy and stubborn and had a quick wit. In her leisure time she liked to shop and especially liked antiquing. Susan is survived by her husband, Raymond Nichols; two daughters, Heather James and her husband Richard, and Kristen Searcey and her husband Noel; four grandchildren, Ryan James, Taylor James, Jaxson Gingerich, and Ava Gingerich; a great-grandson, Ryder James; two sisters, Linda Finley and her husband Steve, and Pam Pittel and her husband Gary; and two brothers, Robert Castorena and Peter Olsen. Visitation for Susan will be held at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Tuesday, January 9th from 6 to 7 PM with a Life Celebration Service at 7 PM.

22 Comments to Susan Castorena Nichols

  1. Janice Brown
    January 7, 2018 9:56 am

    Will miss you my sweet friend. Family in my thoughts

  2. Kristen Searcey
    January 7, 2018 1:07 pm

    My poor mommy. I miss you so much. I hate that you had to suffer so much in the end but you were so strong. I don’t know how I’m going to go on without you. Please be with me and let me feel it. I hope you are with Gram and puppy cat. I love you my precious mommy.

  3. Patti Morse
    January 7, 2018 1:12 pm

    Our family has truly lost someone special. You will always be in or hearts, We will love you forever. Our thoughts, prayers and love to Ray, Heather and Kristen. We are so very sorry xoxoxoxoxoxo
    Love always,
    Aunt Barbara, Barbara Ann and Patti

  4. Richard james
    January 7, 2018 1:41 pm

    Sue, so sorry you left so soon I was honored to have you as my mother in law , you were always her for the whole family at anytime. You were a fighter and fought as hard as anyone to beat your illness . The Lord got tired of you suffering and said it was time to come home . This will be extremely hard on us all especially Heather, yall talked on the phone Everyday and shopped every sat. Heather will make it just will always be a deep empty hole in her heart . Only till yall meet again. Your in a so much better place sue , spending lost time with your mom . We will always remember your smiles and Amazing cooking. We will remember you daily sue and never forget your love to the Entire family. We WILL meet again in your place of glory ! We love u
    “The James Gang”

  5. Casie
    January 7, 2018 1:42 pm

    She was a great and loving person. She will be missed.

  6. Craig and Alison Robinett
    January 7, 2018 1:45 pm

    My prayers are with you. May all your happy memories soon help ease the pain of your loss.
    Love you,
    Craig and Alison

  7. Cindy McCann
    January 7, 2018 2:21 pm

    We had some great times when we were young mothers and lived only houses away from each.
    Lost contact for a while but reconnected on FB..
    I will always remember her…she loved her family
    and did a great job raising you girls.

  8. Eileen n Tom Carey
    January 7, 2018 3:07 pm

    Dear Sue…The brightest Cardinal just perched on the white birch as I sat down n looked out at the window. With all the loved ones it could be from..when I thanked you..the Cardinal flew up so quickly n soared! You were blessed with the quickest, wittiest mind! I will never foget your wake story, or you getting mad at Tom for eating all of the skin off your roast chicken! We may not have seen one another for all these many years, but Sue you made such a great impact on our sweet memories. I want to say RIP..but you’re going to be busy up there starting right away.

  9. Jennifer Demes
    January 7, 2018 3:26 pm

    Kristen & family,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Please know that I’m praying for you daily.

  10. Jennifer Gerns Piano
    January 7, 2018 4:08 pm

    Heather & family,

    Words simply cannot express the pain and sympathy I feel for you and your family. I have so many great memories of her when we were growing up. This was too soon. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending lots of love to you and yours. Please give your Dad and your sister big hugs from me. Miss you all…

  11. Michelle Seymore
    January 7, 2018 5:07 pm

    Sue, from the moment I met you were like a 2nd momma to me, you didn’t mind me calling you mom. It has been several years since we were sitting on your couch together and giving Heather a hard time. I also remember you made the best lasagna ever! You will be missed by everyone that knew you. Love ya mom!

  12. Jennifer Fenn
    January 7, 2018 7:11 pm

    Kristen and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sorry you are having to go through the pain of losing your sweet mom. Never forget you will see her again when God calls you home. And she will always watch over you from above. Pay attention to the little signs she will send you. They will help get you through each day.

  13. Cindy Rates
    January 7, 2018 7:29 pm

    My deepest sympathy to Susan’s family. Such a wonderful lady. we all met on the BH chat 6 yrs ago and I feel very fortunate to have kept that friendship up with her. She loved her family and her Ozzy. When I lost my Maddie to the Rainbow Bridge she comforted me in every way. She understood how I felt when no one else seemed to. God truly got one heck of an Angel. I truly believe she will always be with you. Light a white candle every night and talk to her. Be amazed at what happens. Love to you my friend and RIP Susan.

  14. Lisa McCartan
    January 7, 2018 10:35 pm

    I still can’t believe you are gone. I have a lot of great memories growing up with you living around the corner, you were there when I was pregnant with Candace . I’m so happy I got to see you in October. I love you. You are the best cousin anyone could wish for. You will truly be missed.

  15. Heather James
    January 8, 2018 3:32 pm

    My heart is so broken and the pain is unbearable but I promise to stay strong for you mom! You were my best friend and always there for me no matter what. Even with all the mistakes I’ve made you supported me and helped me. I will cherish our memories. My children were so blessed to have you as their nanny. I promise to tell Ryder amazing stories about his great nanny while he’s growing up. You left us too soon but I’m thankful you are no longer in pain. I love you mommy. Hug grandma, Nana Helen and all our beloved family who are up there in heaven. Until we meet again I will try to make you proud always oxoxox love Heather

  16. Ann Pirtle
    January 8, 2018 10:27 pm

    Sue was a friend to all.
    Everyone at Old Hickory Towers will miss her. Everyone I talk to has so much to say about her. There is so much to say and can’t the words.
    She will be sorely missed.

  17. Pam
    January 9, 2018 1:51 pm

    I still can’t believe that you are gone, we all love and miss you it hurts. You are not in pain anymore and that is good. Love you too pieces my beautiful sister.

  18. Laura L. Luton
    January 9, 2018 2:07 pm

    I can’t believe she is gone. A great person and well like person.

    she will be missed by all.

  19. Lori (aka Lorraine)
    January 9, 2018 7:17 pm

    to my sis, we went thru a lot together and u were always there for me..gonna miss u so much my heart is broken…please say hello to your beautiful mom from me..Gonna be missed so much ..u can see how the girls handled staying in the hospital with u and taking care of u..u did a beautiful job raising them…..

  20. Taylor James
    January 10, 2018 10:44 am

    It still isn’t real to me the fact that you are gone, I am
    heartbroken that we lose such a wonderful, beautiful person like you. I am so proud of you and how you fought and fought even when you were the weakest. I will always cherish our memories together and the shopping trips and lunches will never be forgotten. I was so blessed to have you as my Nanny, you were so special to me and always will have a place in my heart. I’m so so sorry you were in so much pain I wish I could’ve taken it all away. I know that whenever times get rough & I need you, you are listening. I love you so so much Nanny, until I meet your sweet soul again. – Tay

  21. Rosemarie Rodriguez D'Agostino
    January 11, 2018 5:06 pm

    My you be in peace my dearest friend I still can’t believe you’re gone too soon you were loved by many you always had a good heart till we meet again love and miss you

  22. Vicki
    January 19, 2019 7:51 pm

    So sorry for your loss. I was blessed to have seen such love in a beautiful family.
    God Bless

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