Priscilla "Martha" Castillo at the age of 58 years passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 21, 2018, after losing her battle with lung cancer. Next to her side was the love of her life of 15 years, Rudi Meza.
Priscilla was the second child born to Salvador and Connie Castillo on January 3, 1960, in San Francisco, California. She went to St. Michael's Elementary Catholic School, continued on to James Denman Jr. H.S. then Balboa H.S. Though her parents had divorced, she always had their love and support. Her father insisted she continue onto a vocational school to make a better life for her and Claudine. Therefore, in 1979 she went on to receive her diploma in cosmetology from Daly City's Hilltop Beauty School. During that time, she married and had three more children; Melissa ("Meli"), Jessica ("Jessy") and Jaclyn ("Jackie"). In addition, she also took care of her ailing grandmother Maria V. Garcia ("Gramita"). Then she realized she would be good at nursing, so she received her Certificate of Completion in nursing. She enjoyed working in geriatrics; however, after Gramita's death in 1994, she chose to end her career. She would say, "Each time I see my patient's face, I see my Gramita's face." The pain was more than what she could bear. She quit nursing and took on various jobs in the mercantile industry. From there she went on to work for Catholic Charities helping people in need, including working for the Salvation Army where she met some of her dearest friends. During that time, she met Rudi Meza ("Grandpa Rudi"), and for the past 15 years Rudi and Priscilla enjoyed having friends and family over. Priscilla loved taking pictures of all her family and friends and she would spend hours putting them in photo albums. She also loved playing Uno, among other games. She enjoyed her arts and crafts, making and giving away meaningful gifts, such as hand-crocheted blankets and homemade jewelry. Though Priscilla did her best to fight lung cancer (aka "those rebels"), she could not beat the terrible disease. She knew it was time to return to her creator God the Father.
Priscilla was preceded in death by her very loving father Salvador ("Papi"). She is survived by her soulmate, Rudi Meza of Santa Rosa; daughters Claudine, Melissa, Jessica, and Jaclyn; her beloved grandchildren, Gjovanni, Sebastian, Serenity, Devin, Jonathan and Ines, her mother, Connie; her older sister, Carla, and husband, Paul, and their two adult children, Sally and Michael. Later in life her father remarried and had four children, Monica ("Moni"), Lizette, Ana ("Anita") and Salvador ("Chavita"); she endearingly called them her little sisters and brother. In addition, Priscilla leaves many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins. She proudly loved to reference her two childhood friends as her "two BFF's," Rebecca, her lifetime friend since they were babies, and Elena, her best friend since second grade. Included in those she left behind is her faithful service dog, Simon.
Priscilla's beautiful bright smile with her big beautiful hazel eyes and cute dimples will be dearly missed by so many. Please join us in the celebration of her life on November 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, 8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor, CA; interment at Santa Rosa Memorial Park Shiloh Annex Cemetery, Windsor, CA, and reception to follow at Ellington Hall, 3535 Industrial Drive, Santa Rosa, CA.