Mary Lou Castillo Rosales, 78, a former longtime Baker County resident, died Aug. 11, 2006, at Hillsboro.
Her memorial service was today at the Evergreen Staples Funeral Home in Vancouver, Wash.
Mary Lou was born in Anadarko, Okla., on Sept. 3, 1927, to Tomacita Urias and Francisco Castillo. She grew up in Anadarko where she went to school and spent her time with her cousins Mary, Della and Oscar.
On Dec. 14, 1943, she married her beloved husband, Manuel G. Rosales, with whom she had six children. In 1954 they packed up their family and headed West, landing at Durkee. Nine years later they moved to the great city of Baker where they made lifelong friends and became a big part of the community.
In 1995, because of health issues, they moved to the Portland-Vancouver area to be closer to the family. This gave them the opportunity to watch the sports and other activities of their grandchildren. Mary was so proud of all her grandchildren.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. With much love for all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she spent countless hours creating beautiful blankets.
Watching the Trailblazers and other sports were a favorite pastime. She also enjoyed reading, wrote beautiful poetry, gardened and loved the outdoors.
Above all else, what she loved the most was her beloved friend, companion and husband, Manuel. They were married 61 years. He died in June of 2005.
She will be desperately missed by her family.
Survivors include her children, Barbara Patton, Margaret and Terry Hobson, Frank and Pam Rosales, Shirley and Manuel Florez, Anita and Darrell Hobson, Manuel and Gwen Rosales and Ben and Cindy Rosales; 21 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, August 22, 2006
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor