Lucia Castillo (Manuz), age 84, passed away on March 2, 2020, in Gilbert, Arizona at Mercy Gilbert Hospital. She was born on July 28, 1935 in Morenci, Arizona to Aurelio and Ysabel Manuz.
Lucy, as her friends and family liked to call her, graduated from High School in Roswell, New Mexico, and it was also there that she met her husband, Mariano Castillo.
Lucy was an avid animal welfare advocate as well as longtime donor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. In her spare time, you would most likely find her bowling with her championship bowling team or hitting the slots with her best girlfriends.
While serving as a military spouse, she and Mariano traveled the world, and continued to do so into retirement. Often taking trips with close friends throughout the country, ensuring they made time to stop at casinos along the way. During this time, you were likely to see her wearing her fanny pack and strutting around with her closest friends and family, as well as her granddaughter Christina nipping at her heals.
More than anything, Lucy loved her children and grandchildren. She took great pride in her devotion to her family and her community. After her children had grown up and moved out of the home, Lucy, took a job as a bus driver for physically and mentally disabled elementary school children, whom she thought the world of.
Lucy, was preceded in death by her husband, Mariano Joseph Castillo. Her sisters, Lupe Lucero, Carmen Kimbrell; brothers Roger Manuz and Manuelito Manuz.
She is survived by her sister Aurelia McKinley; daughter Anna Marie Castillo; son Michael Joseph Castillo his fiancé Christine Piechowicz and daughter Julianna Eugenia Piechowicz; and son James Andrew Castillo, Viola Castillo; her grandchildren, Christina Marie Castillo-Andler her husband Robert J. Andler II and their three sons Thomas McCoy Andler his wife Desiree Andler; Brady Lee Andler his wife Kate Andler, and Travis Shane Andler; Joshua James Castillo his wife Alexandra Castillo; and Victoria Ann Castillo; her great grandchildren, Rosealeigh Reign Castillo, Gracie Lynn Andler, and Rylee Rae Andler.
Her final resting place will be alongside her husband Mariano, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Memorial Services will be held at French’s Funerals.
March 21, 2020 @ 11:00am
10500 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112
Immediately following the services, fellowship will be held at Sadie’s Of New Mexico.
15 Hotel Cir. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87123