Chabela Isabel Castillo, 97, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Oaks Nursing Home in Burnet, Texas.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021, at Sneed Funeral Chapel from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. (Come and go, the family may not be present)
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Lampasas on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 1:30 pm with interment to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lampasas.
Chabela was born on November 21, 1923, in Lampasas, Texas to Jose Delgado and Ana B. Delgado. She grew up in the Lampasas, Texas area along with several siblings. Chabela married Pedro G. Castillo and raised their family of six in Lampasas. Chabela was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church and was a devoted member of the Guadalupana Society. Chabela and her husband both worked for many years in the local poultry plant. She also worked for several years in the cafeterias of the Lampasas and Austin Independent School Districts where she received numerous certificates of appreciation. In an era prior to feminism, Chabela was a fiercely independent woman buying her first automobile by obtaining a personal bank loan on her own, despite her husband's objections. Chabela maintained her independent spirit throughout her life. She prayed the rosary daily, sometimes twice.
Chabela was preceded in death by her parents; all of her siblings; husband, Pedro G. Castillo; son, Pete R. Castillo, Jr.; daughter Esther I. Martinez and granddaughter, Teresa "Christie" Marez.
Chabela is survived by her daughters, Virginia Cleary of Lampasas, Veronica Castillo-Perez and Mary Lou Castillo both of Austin, Texas; son, Francisco Castillo in New Mexico; fourteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren living all across the United States from Portland, Oregon, to McAllen, Houston, El Paso, and Austin, Texas. Hundreds of nieces and nephews from New Jersey to California spread all across this country. She was very proud to be an "American", as she would always say, she always voted.
"Remember, Lord, those who have died and have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, especially those for whom we pray. May these, and all who sleep in Christ, find Your presence light, happiness, and peace. Through Christ our Lord. Amen"