December 21, 1935 - November 14, 2016
A sixty year resident of Downey, Louise Evelyn Castillo at age 80 entered into eternal life on November 14, 2016. She passed peacefully in her home surrounded by her sons. Louise was born on December 21, 1935 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and shortly thereafter moved to Albuquerque where she spent her childhood until age twelve when she and her parents moved to Los Angeles, California.
In 1966, she married the love of her life, Louis Castillo, who she often referred to as “mi corazón” or my heart. This was their term of endearment for each other. She took pride in being actively involved in her children’s activities, such as PTA Treasurer and Team Mom roles. As an active member of the TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), she served as Treasurer for her chapter, was a volunteer for City of Hope for over thirty years and was a devoted wife, mother, homemaker and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, shopping, fashion and had an avid interest in soap operas and movie stars. Louise was known for being an excellent cook and was happiest seeing her family enjoy meals together. Having an outgoing personality and a generous spirit, she always had a place in her home for family in need. She had a fond love for elephants and her vast collection was acquired during her travels and mementos given to her as gifts. Louise will be remembered for her hospitality, class, being a true friend, great sense of humor, keen admiration of the holidays and deep love for her family.
Louise is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Elsie Chavez and beloved husband, Louis Castillo. She is survived by her children, Daniel Amado (Hillary) of Huntington Beach, Michael Castillo of Venice, Ron Castillo (Angela) of Downey; step-children, Richard Castillo (Michelle) of Montebello, Janet Castillo (Lorenzo) of Silver City, New Mexico, Tony Castillo (Carol) of Whittier, Patricia Gutierrez (Rudy) of Pico Rivera, Tom Castillo of Silver City, New Mexico; 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Louise’s life was celebrated at a memorial gathering and Mass on November 21st at St. Mariana de Paredes Catholic Church. On November 22nd, she was laid to rest alongside her husband at the Riverside National Cemetery.