2017-08-24 / Obituaries

Darla Castro

Darla May Castro left this earth on Aug. 12, 2017 in the loving embrace of her family. Darla had just turned 80 years old in July. She was pretty happy about reaching that milestone and called herself an “oxygenarian” since her breathing had recently become more difficult.

Darla May was born July 14, 1937 to Ellen and Lonnie Jones in French Camp, Calif. She grew up and attended schools in El Portal and Mariposa where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Charlie Castro, a marriage that lasted 63 years. Their five children were born in Yosemite before they moved to Three Rivers for Charlie’s work with the National Park Service. Once she got most of the kids grown, Darla took a job with the Valley Oak Credit Union and she stayed with that job for 27 years — moving up the ladder to her final position as Executive Vice President.

While she enjoyed her work, nothing was ever more important to Darla than her family. She and Charlie never sat still too long, zipping between this grandkid’s play and that grandkid’s track meet and traveling the world with the High Sierra Jazz Band.

Somehow she squeezed in a handful of volunteerism and social groups including Lady Lions, the Catholic Church’s Altar Society, St. Anthony’s Gift Shop, the Women’s Club Thrift Shop (the Thingerie), Comfort for Kids Quilting Project and the Random Readers Book Club. Darla was a long-time member of St. Clair’s Catholic Church.

Darla was blessed to have not just her children’s families in her life, but also her four sisters: Dayle Law, Diane Matlock, Denise Preston and Doni Merrill — all from the Mariposa area.

Darla was preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Charlotte. Those still here that will miss her terribly are her husband, Charlie; son, Charles S. (Butch) and wife Colleen and children, Spencer, Rebecca and Leanna; son, Lawrence and wife Kathleen and children, Ben, Josh, Kaci, Ellie and Amos; daughter, LeAnn Castleberry and husband Leo and children, Matt, Hannah and Abby; son Eugene and wife Robin and children, Kylie and Phoebe; plus six great-grandchildren.

The family invites you to join them in honoring this lovely lady. Mass will be held at noon on Sunday, Sept. 17 at St. Clair’s in Three Rivers, followed by a luncheon at St. Anthony’s Retreat at 1:30 p.m. Interment and graveside service will be the following Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. Joseph’s Church in Mariposa, beginning at 11 a.m. with a luncheon following at the Parish Hall.

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