Eulalia "Lala" Castro, 98, a long-time Sunnyside resident went to be in the arms of her Savior on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009.

Lala was born Nov. 11, 1911 in Ayo El Chico, Jalisco, Mexico, the daughter of Mariano M. and Marcina (Aveliz) Castro.

Lala moved to the Yakima Valley in the 1940s after the death of her sister, Cecilia, to help raise her nieces and nephews.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking and crocheting.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Eulalia is survived by four nieces, Frances Urrutia, Maria (Mary) Castro and Angelita (Angie) Aguilar, all of Sunnyside and Carmen Gonzalez of Selah; three nephews, Jesse Padilla of Outlook, Salvador Padilla of Mabton and Raymond (Ray) Padilla of Wapato; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Lala was preceded in death by one sister, Cecilia Castro Padilla; and four nephews, Manuel Padilla, Jose Padilla, Greg Padilla and Ignacio Padilla.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, from 2 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign LaLa's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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