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Kathleen Sarah Castilla

March 3, 1924November 10, 2020
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Kathleen (Kay) Sarah Castilla, 96, of Desoto Texas, passed peacefully in her sleep November 10, 2020 at her residence.

Kay was born on March 3, 1924 in New York City to Daniel & Sarah McNamara McCarthy, recent immigrants to the United States from Ireland.

Kay was the second born of 5 children, raised in Harlem NY during the great depression, in a close knit Irish Catholic family. She was known for her compassion, caring and friendly personality and had a laugh that was contagious. Kay was a woman full of life and never met a person that she did not consider a friend. She is best remembered by her family when she was reminiscing with her sisters about their childhood escapades and would often slip into an Irish brogue punctuated with uncontrollable laughter. Kay’s passion was painting on canvas. She never stopped learning new ways to paint using different medians and techniques to create portraits, landscapes, animals and still life. In 1943 at the young age of 19 after taking a position as an overseas operator for AT&T in Seattle, Kay left Seattle with a girlfriend on a trip around the US and into Mexico via rail and bus. When her friend returned home after reaching San Francisco Kay continued her trip solo down through the southern US and into Mexico finishing her trip in New York City. She never stopped living life to the fullest.

Kay is survived by her 4 children and their spouses, Mark & Patricia Castilla, Toni & Randy Lotz, Kim Starbuck, and John & Gena Castilla; along with 7 grandchildren & 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her two parents, Daniel & Sarah McNamara McCarthy; her 4 siblings and their spouses, Josephine & George McKay, Mary & Ralph Lugo, Daniel & Marie Fox McCarthy and Theresa & Robert Thomalen.

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Kelly Byrom

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Kelly Byrom

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Kelly Byrom

November 17, 2020

This first photo is one of my absolute favorite photos of my grandmother. This is the moment she saw me at our wedding. We were doing photos beforehand and we couldn’t find her. Turns out, even though we were about to have a service for the wedding, she was in the church attending mass, I mean why not just attend another mass? lol. My grandmother was an amazing woman who I won’t be able to convey through words. She was an artist and taught me to draw. She was a gifted storyteller and you needed to be a good listener because you weren’t likely to get a word in for some time. She knew how much I liked her stories so she even sent me a bunch of short stories she wrote about her childhood in NYC. She found the joy in things and I can’t remember when she wasn’t actively laughing and smiling. She always gave credit to others and I remember many times her talking about how lucky we were to have our mom and dad, to my sister and me. She was a realist, spoiling Santa for me at age 8, which I think is a very funny story. She was spunky and a proud New Yorker. She was loved by all who were lucky enough to know her. Love you so much grandma.

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