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Sandra "Nina" McNew

October 13, 1964 September 8, 2018
Sandra "Nina" McNew
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Obituary for Sandra "Nina" McNew

Nina McNew of Houston passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by loving family, on Saturday, September 8, 2018 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. She was born on October 13, 1964 in Kountze, Texas to Robert Eugene VanHorn and Emily Elizabeth VanHorn, and was 53 years of age.

Nina was a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and worked as a medical auditor until 2011. She enjoyed her time in the medical industry and was respected and admired by her colleagues. After her grandsons were born in 2010 & 2013, she left her career to become a loving nanny to the two of them until she became ill in 2018.

A devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Nina always put her family first. Her greatest joys were her daughters and grandchildren. She found beauty in the simple things of life and enjoyed traveling with her family, nature, gardening, and animals. Nina was known for her selfless and generous nature, warmth, kindness, and love for simplicity. She was a true animal lover and advocate and was involved in many local and social organizations.

Nina is survived by her devoted daughters, Michelle McNew, and grandsons, Micah and Luca; Rachel McNew-Nguyen and her husband, Tri Nguyen, and granddaughters, Mila, Olivia and Emma; Jessica McNew; the father of her children, Mike McNew; her brothers and sisters, Roberta Denard (Paul), Mimi Conway (Darryl), Marjorie VanHorn, Ralph VanHorn (Valerie), Henry VanHorn; sister-in-law, Kathy VanHorn and adoring nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Emily VanHorn and her brother, Robert VanHorn.

The family wishes to express gratitude and appreciation to Nina’s lifelong best friend and godmother to her children, Yvette Nipar, with whom she shared an unparalleled bond.

A Memorial Service and celebration of Nina’s life is to be conducted at ten thirty in the morning on Wednesday, the 19th of September at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Road in Houston, where the Rev. Wayne W. Wilkerson, Pastor, will officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent Parish Life Center.

In keeping with her spirit of giving, the family asks that in lieu of flower remembrances and for those desiring, contributions may be directed to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in memory of Nina McNew. Donations will then be made on her behalf to animal and wildlife rescues she worked closely with.

The positivity, dignity and grace in which Nina faced her illness will act as inspiration to her family and friends always.

""I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith."" - 2 Timothy 4:7

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10:30 AM 9/19/2018 10:30:00 AM
St. Michael Catholic Church

1801 Sage Road
Houston, TX 77056

St. Michael Catholic Church
1801 Sage Road Houston 77056 TX
United States

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