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Sylvia Elizabeth Castaño

TEXAS - Sylvia Elizabeth Castaño, 61, died at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, June 5, 2014. The cause was respiratory failure during a lengthy convalescence from a broken hip.

Sylvia was born Feb. 2, 1953, in Bakersfield, Calif. She received her bachelor's degree in government from the University of Redlands. She went on to receive a master of science degree in Library Science at the University of Illinois and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Houston. She served as Director of Legal Communications at the University of Houston and later as Associate Director of the University of Houston Law Library. She also served as a research law librarian at Capital University.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Cox, her mother, Loretta Castaño, her daughter, Clarissa Cox, her aunt, Hulda Flagg, her uncle, Manuel Castaño, and Manuel's wife, Lou O'Hanlon, and many cousins. Preceded in death by her father, John Roman Castaño.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Kinsmen Lutheran Church or to a .

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, Ill.

Rev. Ladd Sonnenberg will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill.

Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home, Athens.

On-line condolences can be shared at mottandhenning.com.

Published in Print in The State Journal-Register on June 12, 2014
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