Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Obituary

Margaret Louise Castro

Submitted by Gary Carlsen ~ September 4, 2007

Monterey Peninsula Herald
Monday December 27, 1982

Margaret Castro Dies At Age 90

Margaret Louise Castro, a lifelong Monterey County resident and granddaughter of pioneer settlers in the county, died Friday at Community Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was 90.

Born Oct 10, 1892, in Monterey, she was an active figure in social and cultural life of the Peninsula, keeping alive Monterey County's Spanish and Mexican roots by her many appearances in traditional costume during parades and festivals.

Mrs. Castro was the granddaughter of members of the Boronda family, early settlers in Carmel Valley. The Castro family into which she married produced the founder of Castroville and a prominent Big Sur ranching family for whom Castro canyon is named.

Her parents attended school at Colton Hall, and she was educated at the convent school at San Carlos Church in Monterey. She worked as a hospital nurse before marrying Antonio Maria Castro.

She and her husband lived in Monterey and Pacific Grove, and also spent time on his family ranch in Big Sur.

"I'm a real old fashioned woman from almost pioneer times and I'm proud of it" Mrs. Castro said of her early years in the county. She could tell of wagon trips on winding dirt roads to Big Sur and of the fiesta on the ranch and in town.

She was chosen queen of Monterey's Fourth of July parade in 1914 and was a regular participant in county fairs and festivals most of her life.

She was an active member of the Monterey History and Art Association, the Alter Society of St. Angela's Catholic Church in Pacific Grove, Lodge 141 of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Monterey and Pacific Grove Civic clubs, Parade of Nations, Big Sur Historical Society and Community Hospital Auxiliary.

Her husband died in 1958. Mrs. Castro is survived a son David of Pacific Grove, daughter Bernice Eckett of Brisbane; brother Sidney Artellan of Seaside; sister Amelia Perry of Seaside; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 9 p.m. at Mission Mortuary. Rosary will be recited Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the El Estero Chapel of Mission Mortuary, with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at San Carlos Cathederal.

Burial will follow at San Carlos Cemetery.