We were blessed to have Olimpia (Oly) Castillo in our lives. Oly was born in Portales, NM on September 20,1945 to Graniano and Ephifania Candelaria who proceed her death. She earned her wings on Thursday, July 18, 2019 and joined her beloved husband Raymond.
Her and her family moved to Roswell NM and that’s where she met the love of her life Raymond Castillo. Together they had 4 children together. Patricia (Pat) Castillo, Johnny Castillo, Lydia Castillo and Robert Castillo and his wife Melissa Castillo.
She was am amazing grandmother to Anastacio Sanchez, Anthony Sanchez, Joseph Castillo and his wife Roxanne, Richard Torrez and his wife Jasmin, Michael Shanks and his wife Theresa, Robert Castillo Jr, Raymond Castillo, John Barrera, Jacob Barrera, Kris Sanchez and his girlfriend Deja Hunter, Eric and Noah Contreras, Linsey and Aiden Shanks, Richard and Adiyana Kassandra and Erin Torrez, Julius and Sophia Castillo.
She worked for the water department for many years then became a Banquet Coordinator at Sally Port Inn and Roswell Inn. She also was a receptionist at Roswell Chambers of Commerce and ENMU-R and that’s where she retired from. Oly had a big heart and until her health made it impossible for her, she would always have a big Sunday breakfast everyone was always invited; no one left grandma Oly's hungry. She also grew an amazing bond with a few friends from Tabosa who also became her family. Oly was loved by many, but if she didn’t like you "oh boy" you would know it. She became a mother/grandmother if you needed one and you became one of her babies.
Those left to cherish are her children Patricia (Pat) Castillo, Johnny Castillo, Lydia Castillo and Robert Castillo and his wife Melissa. She was blessed to have a lot of brothers and sister who will truly miss her a lot; Eddie Candelaria and his late wife Tina from Roswell, Arthur Candelaria and his late wife Rita from Irving, TX., Utilia Montoya and her husband Filmon of Roswell, Susie Sierocinski and her husband Fritz from New Jersey, Steve Candelaria and his wife Susie from Grand Prairie, TX, Lucy Esparaza and her husband Gus from Irving, TX and Cecila Candelaria from Irving, TX. And numerous nieces and nephews from all over. She proceeds in death by Abran Candelaria, Sonny Candelaria, David Candelaria, Ernie Candelaria, Margie Linares who was her favorite casino buddy and Velia Lopez.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Anthony Sanchez, Joseph Castillo, Richard Torrez, Michael Shanks, Robert Shanks, Raymond Shanks, John and Jacob Barrera and Kris Sanchez. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Contreras and Julius Castillo.
The Castillo would give a special thank you to Kindred Hospice you guys made this difficult time for us more understanding. We appreciate everything you did for us. Also, to The Linares for being here for us.
Please join us as we celebrate her life with a rosary at 9:00 am, Friday, July 26, 2019 at St. John’s Church with mass to follow at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at South Park cemetery. A viewing will be held from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Ballard Funeral Home.
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