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Celeste Marie Casillas

1967 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Celeste Marie Casillas Obituary
November 30, 1967 - September 11, 2018
On September 11, 2018, the world lost a most unique and nurturing spirit. Wise beyond her 50 years, Celeste Marie Casillas mothered and guided her friends and family by imparting life lessons with humor.

For almost 30 years she worked as an occupational therapist, with the last fifteen being in Plano, TX where she made her home. Her nurturing spirit included a lifelong love of dogs. Her home always had a mutt or two, or three. Celeste found the ones that needed the most attention and just drenched them in love. Along with her family and fur babies, she was surrounded by a huge network of friends. They worked together, traveled together, and most importantly laughed together. Celeste's laugh was infectious.

She enjoyed a great song, a beautiful sunset, or a good walk in the park. She celebrated the little things and tasked all of those around her to do the same.

Born 30 November 1967 in Napa, CA, she is survived by her brothers and their wives; Alex and Nancy Casillas of Plano, TX, Tom and Debra Casillas of San Antonio, TX, and newly-found half-brother Brian Miller and his wife Mandy of Blythewood, SC; nieces Mary Casillas of Houston, TX and Lily Casillas of Plano, TX; nephew Henry Casillas of Plano, TX. Other survivors include a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Celeste is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Ernest A. Casillas and Karen M. Fenderbosch Casillas.

Her end of life plans -- classic Celeste -- are unconventional but filled with love for others. She has donated her body to science so that researchers might find a cure that comes too late for her.

Her ashes will be spread in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, she asked that donations be made to your local animal shelters as that is where she adopted her string of beloved pups.
Published in Express-News on Sept. 16, 2018
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