Erlinda Prado Castellon, 83, of Albuquerque, N.M., passed away at Presbyterian Hospital, on Sunday, October 2, 2022. She was born December 23, 1938, in Slaton, Texas to the late Narciso and Lola Prado. She was the youngest of nine siblings and she was preceded in death by her son, Larry J. Castellon, her granddaughter Yvette Castellon, her grandson, David Anthony Castellon, four sisters and three brothers.
Erlinda was a devoted Catholic and loved her family. She was a daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and Aunt. She enjoyed working on puzzles, playing board games(especially Wahoo or Aggravation as it’s now called), coloring, and she was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. She preferred to bake a cake from scratch for her kids, when they were younger instead of store bought ones and always celebrated our birthdays with a homemade meal. We will definitely miss her cooking.
Erlinda was a single mother and worked very hard throughout her years. Her son David, said he is very grateful that she taught him to be a man. He considered her both his mom and dad. Her son Victor always lived with her and took good care of her. She always made fun of Victor because he never talked much and she would say she was talking to herself. Her daughter Polly learned how to be very patient with her these last four years that she lived with her. Polly said her mother was a very strong and independent woman even up until her last few hours before her death. Due to personal circumstances, Erlinda was not able to raise her daughter Mayanin after she was born, but was thankful that Maya came into her life after so many years. Erlinda loved Spanish music and was so proud of her son, Joel, because he was the talented musician. She adored his beautiful voice and always made the time to go see him perform. She would listen to his CD over and over all the time. Her biggest heartbreak, was when her youngest son, Larry, passed away from very sad circumstances. She became depressed the rest of her life and never really got over it, but we know now that she is rejoicing in heaven with him again. The 3 grandkids, Marissa, Brittany, and Lawrence had very special bonds with her because she got to babysit them when they were little. The 2 great grandkids here, Emony, and Luis Jr. would always help their great grandma without being asked to help her. She adored them so much and she let them have whatever they wanted, even if momma or grandma Polly said “no”. They always tried to make her happy just with their own personalities and all the hugs and kisses they could give her. They will miss her tremendously.
Erlinda is survived by one brother, Cuate Prado, from Austin, Tx., son, David Sr. Castellon and Cheryl, from Fresno, CA., son,Victor Castellon, from Albuquerque, daughter, Polly A. Barr,from Albuquerque, daughter, Mayanin Guzman, from Corpus Christie, son, Joel Gutierrez and Monica, from Albuquerque. Twelve grandchildren, Eighteen great grandchildren, her best friend, Anna, from Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – Wake/Rosary at Immaculate Conception Church, 619 Copper Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 at 6:30 pm.
Thursday, October 13, 2022 – Mass at Immaculate Conception Church at 10 am and then the burial at Mount Calvary Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87102 at 11:30 am.
Reception following the burial at Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2011 Girard Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 at 1 pm.
Mom, you are always in our hearts and never forgotten.
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