Menira Del Castillo Mora
May 27, 1931 – March 28, 2021
Menira C. Mora Menira Del Castillo Mora, beloved mother, aunt, and friend, passed into eternal life on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021. Waiting to welcome her into paradise were her devoted husband, Chino (Jose R.) Mora; mother, Margarita McCallick; brother, Ralph Castillo; and sister, Narah Del Castillo. Menira was born in San Antonio, Texas on May 27, 1931. She moved with her family to El Paso a little over a year later and called this city her home ever since. She attended El Paso High School, where she stood out because of her quick wit and sense of humor, which she retained all her life, and her statuesque figure. Like her older sister she dropped out of school in her freshman year to help support the family. Although not having the advantage of a formal education, she possessed a great intellect and was a voracious reader of novels, biographies, mysteries, and poetry in both English and Spanish, and boasted of a vocabulary in both languages that would rival any university professor on either side of the border. As a conscientious and diligent worker at various occupations throughout her career, she was one of the first people to use early data processing computers in a business setting in El Paso and eventually became a most trusted and essential assistant to Jonathan Rogers at Mortgage Investment Company. Menira reared two daughters, Menira and Diana, who she considered to be the most precious people in her life. She and Chino also were kind and generous Tios to her sister’s daughters Judy and Sarah, just as Narah was to Menira’s daughters, and all four girls grew up as though there were four daughters in a family but with the advantage of having “two mothers.” Menira and Chino were well-known in El Paso and Cd. Juarez for their graceful flair on the dance floor from the time they were in their teens through their married life, during which time she was a member of various groups such as the Club Boton Rojo. Her many lifetime friends included her cousins from the extended McCallick family, who she remained close to all her life. She was a person to whom many relatives and friends came for advice during her lifetime. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters Menira de la Fuente (Rene), Diana Mora (Richard Matuszewski), and her grandsons Rene and Gabriel de la Fuente (Tamara), who she adored and were fortunate to know her into their adulthood; and her great-grandchildren Kai-ra; Dylan, Camran, Aubrey (and their mother Bridget); Rasia, Marques, Brendan, and Tamia; all of whom she dearly loved and were blessed to know her for many years. She also will be deeply missed by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins in the extended Mora, de la Fuente, John, Castillo, and McCallick families. It will be hard without you, but in time we’ll be all right knowing that you are no longer in pain. You can finally rest easy now.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 The Rosary Service will be taking place April 27th, 2021 at Saint Pius Catholic Church. This Service will begin at 6:30 pm
- Menira Mora De La Fuente, Daughter
- Diana Maria Mora, Daughter
- Mrs. Mora also leaves behind 2 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren to cherish her memory.
St. Pius X Church
Menira Del Castillo Mora
April 22, 2021
My Tia Menira was like a second mother to my sister and me. We were twice blessed. She was someone who our mom could always count on and she helped us out many many times when things got rough. She lived with my grandmother, Mague, my mom, my dad and me on Magoffin street in a "court" apartment. She was just 13 when I was born and she was my saviour. One night mom and dad went out and I cried up a storm; so mom gave me some pennies to entertain me. I never put anything in my mouth but did that night. I was choking and my grandma panicked, but Tia Menira took me upside down by the ankles and shook me up and down. I swallowed a penny and spit out the other two. I was about 15 months old. She saved my life and teasingly never let me forget it; telling me that maybe she had made a mistake especially when I was a little or big brat. She also saved some of her lunch money a couple of times a week to bring me Nabisco Sugar Wafers from Silva's Market on the corner near our apartment. I would wait with my face pressed up against the screen door waiting for her to get home after school. I would get so excited when I saw her coming. I would yell "Menindinga"; my version of Menira, as if that wasn't hard enough. You and your quick sarcastic wit and nonchalant smile will be dearly missed. Love you always Tia. Judy
April 5, 2021
To Sarah, Judy & family
My sincere sympathies for the loss of your loved one.
Hugs to you all during this time.
April 2, 2021
There was a time when I used to speak to Tía Menira every day. She was my rock and helped me so much during a difficult time of my life. She was so much fun! I loved her use of words and I loved her.
April 1, 2021
Conocí a mi "tía Menira" en 1962 Menira y yo estábamos juntas en segundo año en Jesús y María y nos hicimos mejores amigas de inmediato. Mi hermana Aída y yo éramos internas y todos los días esperaba con ansias a mi querida amiga y qué sorpresa tan bonita cuando descubrimos que nuestros papás se conocían muy bien !! Desde entonces conviví con mis tíos Chino y Menira y con Diana y Menira y yo fuimos inseparables. Tengo hermosos recuerdos de mi tía Menira siempre elegante y cariñosa . Un abrazo con mucho cariño para toda la familia ❤️
March 31, 2021
Those of us that knew Menira were very fortunate to have had her association for the length of time that we did. I remember her well even though I only spent time with her when I was a child.
The Bhagavad Gita As It Is explains that the soul is eternal and can never be destroyed. It is very comforting to know that the living entity that was in the body Menira was wearing has just left this body and has moved on. She did not die. She was with us for some time, just like some leaves floating in a river sometimes float together and then go their separate ways.
When our bodies age and are racked with pain, leaving the body can be a wonderful thing where we can go back to our real home if we are in harmony with the Lord, as was she. I grieve with you for the loss of her company but rejoice with you knowing she is in God's hands and no longer having to inhabit that body that was causing her so much pain. With all my love, Laxmi
March 31, 2021
Dear loved ones of Menira,
I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayer for all of you is that in time your beautiful memories of Menira will bring you comfort and eventually joy. I was fortunate to be Diana’s roommate for many years during which time we enjoyed many visits from Menira. Those weeks were always highly anticipated for good reason. Diana’s mom was just plain fun to be around! Her quick wit and keen sense of humor kept us in fits of laughter! Her kindness and generosity left a lifelong impression on me and I am a better person for having known her.
One other outstanding memory of Menira is her love of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I now live in a small town in Pennsylvania whose newly formed Catholic Church was dedicated to Our Lady. When Menira found this out, she donated a beautiful painting of Our Lady to our parish. This beautiful piece of artwork now graces the parish rectory foyer. In fact, it is the first thing you notice upon entering and really sets the tone. I visit the rectory frequently and think of Menira every time and smile. May she rest in eternal peace.
All my sympathy and love, Chris
March 30, 2021
Muy querida Menira en nuestro Club Boton Rojo!! Una Hermosa Señora que sobresalia por su personalidad. Muy buena y querida amiga de mi Mama' Beatriz Alcala..... Cuando se sentaban juntas siempre riendose y recordando experiencias. En lo personal siempre senti un cariño especial hacia ella y disfrutaba mucho de su compañia!!
Le Encantaba contarme chistes!! 😁
La extrañaremos siempre!! ❤️ 🙏
March 30, 2021
Tia, I remember when you came to live with us for a little while when I was about 5 years old. Since then our families have been intertwined one way or another. I appreciate everything, so many things that can't be counted, that you and My Uncle did for us throughout the years. The last time we talked you said I look a lot like you. That's a fact that can't be denied!
Dear Cousins, I know it's so difficult, but we can take solace in knowing that she's not suffering any more.
Hugo and Rebecca Gonzalez
March 29, 2021
It is with great sadness to hear about the loss of your beautiful mother. I will always remember her for her beauty and her kind heart . She will be missed forever. My mother also remembers going out dancing with her and your father and my father. I am sure everyone is in heaven dancing now . Our prayers go out to you and your family during this time and May the dear Lord help you with your grief. With love , Becky , Hugo and Mrs . Sookie Ayub.