Linda M. Castellaw
Linda Moore Castellaw passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, July 13th, 2018, at the age of 77. It is with great sadness that the Castellaw family lost one of the strongest women. Even as the cancer proved to be unstoppable, she never let it show. In her last days, the words she shared with her family and friends were full of humor, love and charm.
Linda (Lindy) was born in Carrizo Springs, Texas, on Oct. 11th, in the year of our Lord 1941. She was born into a loving family of her father W.C. Moore and her mother Lillian Alma Farris-Moore of Carrizo Springs. She grew up on their family farm in Carrizo Springs and Brundage, Texas. She was an only child but grew up alongside her best friend Jackie Savage Greenlee (now of Buda, Texas), cousin June Moore Ezell Williams (dec.) and cousin Jana Craig (now of San Antonio, Texas).
She attended Carrizo Springs High School and excelled in academics and twirling. This is where she met her high school sweetheart James (Jim) Edmund Castellaw, who became her husband of 59 years. She moved from Carrizo Springs, with her family to Uvalde, Texas, and graduated from Uvalde High School.
After graduating high school, she attended Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and married the love of her life, James Edmund Castellaw. James transferred from Texas A&M College to study alongside her as husband and wife. In 1961 they were blessed with their first child, James Clarke Castellaw. Linda was determined to finish her degree as she had promised her parents she would, seven years later. In 1966 James and Linda were happy to welcome their second son, Toby William Castellaw, into the world.
After college, Linda and Jim made a home on the family ranch in Carrizo Springs, Texas. This is where they raised their boys and lived until 2008. Linda and Jim moved to New Braunfels, Texas, to be close to their wonderful grandchildren. (Jonathon James Prevost who was born Jan. 25th, 1989, to Beverly, Lindy Katherine Castellaw who was born on Aug. 22, 1994, to her youngest son Toby and mother Beverly, and Julia Skylar Castellaw who was born on Dec. 28, 1994, to her oldest son Jimmy and mother Melodee.) On Aug. 19th, 2014, Linda’s dream came true of becoming a great-grandmother to her treasured great-granddaughter Lillian Omni Espe, Lindy’s daughter.
She was not only a mother and grandmother to her own children and grandchildren, but was beloved by many names “Mama, Gindee and Dindy” to countless family friends and their children who she helped raise and treated as her own, as represented by the following quotation sent to Jim after Linda’s passing.
“Gunda I’m not sure what to say or do but know I love you and am so grateful for all you and Gindee have done for me and she will be deeply missed she meant the world to me and was the only real grandmother that I ever really knew for that reason it will be hard to let go but she is in a better place and must be feeling much better. I hope you know if there’s anything I can ever do for you I will and would drop what I’m doing to do it.” –Cade Mckane Waldrip ‘99.
New Braunfels: Today, Thursday, July 19th, 2018, at the Doeppenschmidt Funeral homes at 189 North Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, TX 78130, a viewing will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. followed by a social remembrance hour from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at McAdoo’s Seafood Company.
Carrizo Springs: A viewing will be held at Leonard’s Funeral Home, 707 W. Houston St., Carrizo Springs, TX 78834, tomorrow, Friday, July 20th, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be on Saturday, July 21st, 2018 and will begin at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church located at 700 W. Nopal St. Carrizo Springs, TX 78834, followed by a grave side service at the Mt. Hope Cemetery. The women of the Methodist Church will be hosting a social remembrance hour at the Methodist Church, directly following the grave side service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org, in Linda’s honor.
The preceding is a paid obituary.