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On June 22, 2019, our beloved mother, Maria Petra Castillo went to be with our Lord in heaven. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family, caregiver Sophia, and her devoted pet “Blackie” during the last days of her life. Maria was born on September 9, 1933 in Donna, Texas to Soledad Lugo Ovalle and Agustin B Ovalle Castillo.
She is survived by her children, Herminia Whitzel, Juanita Castillo, Porfirio (Maggie) Castillo, Dora Alicia (Manuel) Uresti, Jose Fransisco Trevino, Carlos Castillo and Nancy Castillo-Dougherty (Luis) Dougherty. She was a devoted grandmother to 21 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren who she adored and were the light of her life. She is also survived by two sisters, Albina (Eristeo) Montana and Dominga Garcia, sister-in-laws; Maurilia Castillo and Guadalupe Castillo, and numerous nieces and nephews who she held dear to her heart.
She is preceded in death by her son, Reymundo Ruben Ortega, her parents, Soledad Lugo Ovalle and Agustin B Ovalle Castillo and her 6 brothers and 2 sisters.
Maria was a devoted mother who enjoyed showing her love to her family through her amazing cooking skills. Maria, “Grandma Peter” is remembered by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as the best taco maker, ever. Maria enjoyed playing Bingo, making floral arrangements, traveling, and spending time with her family. She will be remembered as a strong, beautiful, intelligent and hard working woman who loved the Lord. She was the leader of the Castillo Family. She will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her.