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    Earlene Cynthia Jackson von der Osten

Earlene Cynthia Jackson von der Osten

Earlene Cynthia Jackson von der Osten, 88, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019. 

She was born in Douglas, Ala. on Nov. 26, 1930, Earlene spent her younger years working on the family’s farm with her twin sister and two brothers. She graduated from Douglas High School in 1949 and worked for Purina in Birmingham, Ala. for nine years before moving to join her twin sister in Staten Island, N.Y. 

She met and married New York police officer Robert von der Osten in 1963 and in 1967 they moved back to her home state of Alabama. She joined the staff at Snead State College in Boaz, starting in the financial aid office, before advancing to her true calling as the Director of Veterans Affairs. She received many accolades and awards from both the state and veterans themselves. She also served in various roles in the American Legion Auxiliary Post 94, including treasurer, second vice president and poppy day chairman.

Earlene retired from the college in 1980 and moved to a beautiful 100 year-old home near the beach in Ormond Beach, Fla. After 16 years in Florida, she and her husband found the place they truly loved, Hayesville. Their mountain cottage on a forest road was known for its large garden year after year. 

She enjoyed growing vegetables and fruits for canning, which she gave away freely to family and friends, even strangers, even though she never met a stranger. She enjoyed spending time with tremendous friends in the Hayesville community and never turned down an invitation, particularly if it involved dancing. She was a member of Hayesville United Methodist Church, the VFW Post 6812 Womens Auxiliary, and American Legion Post 532 Women’s Auxiliary. She and her husband also volunteered with Meals on Wheels, AARP and other organizations in the area. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, R.C. and Barbara Bynum Jackson; husband, Robert von der Osten; daughter, Trudy Herrod VanBibber; stepson, Carl von der Osten; twin sister, Willene Fahy; and brothers J.P. Jackson and Milton Jackson.

She is survived by her son, Kurt (Stayca); daughter, Barbara (Kevin); stepdaughter, Lynn MaGee; step-daughter-in-law, Maureen von der Osten; grandchildren, Anja, Kyler, Michael, Margaret, Robert (Kate), Danny and Catherine (Brook); four great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Gathering of friends and family will take place from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 4 and also from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel of Hayesville. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at the Hayesville First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Hayesville First UMC Cemetery. 

Townson-Rose Funeral Home: www.townson-rose.com is in charge of all arrangements.

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997