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Lucy Ann Castro

December 1, 1941 - July 26, 2022
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The members of St. Columba Catholic Church, close friends and relatives were deeply saddened by the sudden passing of their beautiful and loving sister, friend, wife and mother, Lucy Ann Castro, 80, on July 26, 2022. Lucy was born in Basile, LA, on December 1, 1941; the 3rd child of Lindsey and Lovinia Clophus. Lucy spent her childhood in Eunice, LA, attending St. Mathilda Elementary School and Charles Drew High School. At Charles Drew, she was a varsity basketball player. She attended Grambling College in Grambling, LA and later received a diploma in Business Administration from SOWELA Technical College in Lake Charles, LA.

Lucy met and married her first husband, Gladwin Ball in the early 1960s and had three lovely daughters – Angela, Karen and Tracy. Being a part of the Ball family, Lucy had the opportunity to meet many great musical artists such as Duke Ellington, Little Richard, the Temptations, Ike and Tina Turner, Ray Charles, The Jackson 5 who performed at Ball’s Auditorium to large audiences. In addition, Lucy was instrumental in the opening of Ball’s Fried Chicken restaurants in Chicago; Houston; Lake Charles; and Scottsdale, some of which are still in operation today. In the late 1970s, Lucy, her sister in-law, Brenda Ball, and her mother in-law, Evelyn Ball, operated the largest charity bingo events in Lake Charles’ history, which drew thousands of people.

In 1987, Lucy and her daughters moved from Lake Charles to Berkeley, where she became a member of St. Columba Parish. At St. Columba, Lucy found a vibrant, inviting, spirit filled community. Her fun and engaging spirit and beautiful smile drew people to her and she made all people feel welcome. She had a close-knit group of friends whom she met with for coffee and donuts after 8:00am Mass on Sundays and with whom she gathered together at church events and other venues about town. Lucy was fully involved in the church through her work as an office volunteer, the Women’s Group and the Knights of Peter Claver (KPC) Ladies Auxiliary. She prepared the food and coordinated St. Columba’s annual Chili Bowl Bingos, Old School and Zydeco dances, women’s retreats, and served as a Eucharistic Minister, bringing communion to homebound parishioners. Her caring nature had a strong influence on her daughters and led them to work in the field of healthcare.

Lucy married her second husband, Douglas Castro, on June 16, 1989, where they later made their home in Albany, CA. Douglas enthusiastically welcomed Lucy’s daughters into their home and played a significant and important role in their lives. For five years, Lucy and Douglas owned and operated Lucy’s Creole Kitchen in Downtown Oakland, CA. While Douglas was instrumental in financing and keeping the operation going, Lucy prepared the delicious soul food, such as gumbo, jambalaya, fried chicken, fried catfish, and desserts. It was a life filled with hard work, family, a kind heart and a caring spirit, faith in God, great friendships, Cosmopolitans (her favorite drink), and Zydeco music and dancing.

Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, Lindsey and Lovinia Clophus, her sisters Frances Clophus, Theresa Johnson, Rita Bell and Eva Brignac and her beloved grandson, Aaron Permillion.

Lucy’s love and memories will remain in the hearts of her husband of 33 years, Douglas Castro; her daughters – Angela Ball Levine (Arthur) of Pinole, CA; Karen Permillion of Albany, and Tracy Jolivette (Gregory) of Salem, OR; her sister, Catherine Clophus of Eunice, and her brother, Bishop Johnny Clophus, Sr. (Georgia) of Sulphur, LA; her two grandsons, Michael Permillion II of Albany and Malik Drumright of Oakland; four granddaughters, Lucy, MaKayla, Olivia, and Kamilla Jolivette of Salem; three great-grandsons: Michael III, Marcus, and Mavryk Permillion, and one great-granddaughter: Na’imah Permillion. In addition, she leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends.

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Service Schedule

Memorial Information

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022

Time: 11:00 am

Saint Columba Catholic Church

Address:

6401 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, CA 94608

Rosary and Ladies of Peter Claver Service at 10:30 am

(There are no services being held at Sunset View Mortuary)


 

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Born: December 1, 1941
Died: July 26, 2022

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Sunset View Mortuary

Our sincere condolences.

The staff of Sunset View Mortuary.

 

JuliaPitre posted on 8/13/22

My deepest sympathy, To the family may God bless and protect the family. Love Julia and Poland 🙏❤️.

 

J. Taylor Branche posted on 8/13/22

To her Beloved husband, Douglas Castro, her daughters, grandchildren, her siblings, extended family and friends: I am so saddened to learn that Lucy is no longer with us, but I am prayerful that all the loving and cherished memories of her lifetime will bringing much comfort in this time of loss and grief.

 

Glenn posted on 8/13/22

God Bless you and your family. REST IN HEAVEN.

 

Joseph Simon posted on 8/12/22

“It’s hard to lose someone who meant so much to all of us, and even harder that we can’t all be together to say good-bye. We want you to know we’re with you in spirit—now and in the days and weeks ahead.”

 

Jay Tate posted on 8/12/22

My deepest sympathy to the family..May GOD bless and protect the family each and everyday .. My friend... Jay & Deborah Tate...Lake Charles, La

 

Pete Simon posted on 8/6/22

Our Deepest Sympathy and condolences goes out to the Castro family. Lucy was a loving cousin and family member. May she rest is peace. Pete and Gloria Simon. Missouri City, Texas

 

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