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Mary Esther Castillo

July 14, 1942June 23, 2020
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Mary Esther Castillo, 77, of San Diego, California, passed away on June 23, 2020. Born in San Diego on July 14, 1942, she was the eldest child of Theresa Posada and Jesus Posada. To family she was always known as “Esther”.

Esther met her best friend and future husband, Richard Castillo, at a Neighborhood House dance in 1957. They married September 10, 1960, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in San Diego. Together they raised two amazing daughters, Deborah Castillo and DeAnn Salcido. Esther was a strong, vibrant woman of many interests and talents, but would always say “family is the most important thing”. She always brought love and joy into her home and shared it with everyone she met. She had a way of bringing joy into a person's life. Her nieces and nephews fondly recall spending Christmas Eve in their pjs at Auntie Esther’s house laughing, eating, and being surrounded by family love and laughter while waiting for midnight when Santa would appear. She was proud to see them grow into fine young men and women.

Esther lived life to the fullest and experienced as much as she possibly could, whether it was her 25th wedding anniversary where she and the love of her life Richard spent an entire month traveling through Europe, or lounging on a beach in Puerto Vallarta. She loved to dance; it was one of her many joys in life. She had a passion for history, current events, modern art and traveling. One of her favorite places of serenity was California’s high sierras. She loved to watch classic movies, and as a mystery fanatic, she could have solved cases herself if she wanted to.

She was definitely a winner; being among those who can say that she gambled and won in Monaco’s famous casino. She enjoyed one thing for sure and that was driving her classic 1969 Porsche 912 in a manner it was meant to be driven—an attribute she passed on to her daughters.

Esther worked for the State of California, Employment Development Department for 33 years, rising from a file clerk to manager, retiring in 2004. She was honored as one of the highest-ranking Latina’s in the San Diego region during her time at EDD. She made many friends during her long career. When she changed job locations, her co-workers thanked her, writing “You have Trained, Mentored & Coached us; You have Nurtured, Supported & Praised us; You have laughed, teased & wept with us; Even though our Camelot is ending... we take you with us; May you & your style be contagious to all you come in contact with.” These words from her peers touched her heart. They also resonate with us all when describing Mary Esther Castillo. She lived up to these words each-and-every day spreading her love, generosity, contagious spirit and smile with everyone she met.

Esther is survived by her husband Richard, as well as her daughters Deborah and DeAnn, her two grandsons, Daniel and Joseph, her sister Gloria Ortega and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Jesus. She leaves a tremendous void in our hearts. Donations may be made to The Chicano Federation or The San Diego Food Bank, in lieu of flowers. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.goodbodymortuary.com for the Castillo family.


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Pamela Lopez

July 1, 2020

My memories of Esther...The outward smile of the love in her heart when she greeted you. Her zestful expressions about life. Her words of wisdom... but more so what she didn't say...her quiet and constant encouragement and support in my life.

Memory of you will always be in my heart.


Jana Montelongo Carrasco

July 1, 2020

Cousin Mary,

Growing up I always looked forward to our summer trips driving from LA to San Diego to stay with you, Richard, Debbie, DeAnn and yes, Bandit too! So many fun memories of relaxing on your deck on Hillsboro St., eating Richard's famous "burnt" chicken on the grill, drinking ice tea, spending the day at La Jolla, visiting Alfonso's for nachos or picnicking at Torrey Pines beach all day. Mary, you always made us feel at home when we spent time together. Thank you for your hospitality and love for us. You will always have a special place in our family's hearts. Praying for the Lord to comfort your family and friends as they are missing you here. God bless you all!

Love always,
Cousin Jana and Family

Marinna Ortega

June 30, 2020

letter to the sky,
I thank you for my childhood memories, of fun , laughter, love, and family. To always move forward and make sure everything matches what I wear, love the way you smiled such a elegant lady you were. I love you and will miss you.

Yvonne Ortega

June 29, 2020

I could never forget everything you have done for me.
My most memorable moments were at Christmas eve at your home celebrating being a part of such a wonderful family.
I also can never forget how you and uncle Richard helped me when I needed guidance and encouragement you were there. I'll never forget when you took me shopping to help me buy clothes for my new job.
No one had ever done anything like that for me and I always wanted to thank you both for believing in me and my family
I love you
And will forever be greatful for your love

Irene Raymundo

June 29, 2020

I will always remember Mary as Ms UI. I so enjoyed her energy and love for life. She taught me so much and I appreciated her and respected her knowledge.
I last saw her few years ago and even in spite of illnesses she had that chipper positive outlook.
Rest In Peace my friend , until we meet again.
My condolences to the family.

Teresa Ortega-Duron

June 29, 2020

My beautiful Aunt, you are loved by many and will be deeply missed. I will cherish all the beautiful memories. Until we meet again, love you!

Bobby Posada Jr

June 29, 2020

Aunt Esther,

You will always be missed but never forgotten. You will be in my memories with all the past Posada generational family members that have since passed on and will forever remain in my heart of memories, like with my Grandfather "your uncle Frank", my Grand Uncles "Your Dad Jesus", Raul, Richard, Manuel, David, and Grand Aunt Raquel. Your brother "Junior-Jesus", cousins Danny, "My Dad, your cousin Bobby", and David Jr., then there are those immediate family members who continue to be a big part of who we are today. Including the sole surviving Grand-Aunt "your aunt Jenny". You will always be an important part of my family's generational tree in which I'll cherish dearly. My deepest condolences to Uncle Richard, Debbie and DeAndra and the entire family.

Rest in Peace while being reunited with loved ones

Bobby Posada Jr

Vincent Posada

June 28, 2020

You and Uncle Rich set the bar on what is possible if we work hard. You both are my role models. I am thankful for everything you did for the family and appreciate every moment I spent with you. Love you Auntie. Always.

Gilbert Deltoro

June 26, 2020

Dear Tia Mary,
May you Rest In Peace. I have so many great memories at your house with you and my cousins. I especially remember Christmas Eve with all of us together. That night was always fun and we had great food as a family.
Richard...my condolences to you and your family. Please let me know if you want to talk or if I can assist in any way.

Kristin Geipel

June 26, 2020

What a woman , what a life and what a tremendous legacy she leaves! I loved all the photos in the video - beautiful. ❤️