Lavada A. Castillo, 87

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Lavada A. Castillo, 87, died Thursday, March 23, 2017 at her home in West Branch.

Lavada was born  April 19,1929 near Wellman, Iowa the daughter of James and Velma Furman Trent. She was raised and attended school in Wellman. On Feb. 11, 1946 she was united in marriage to Robert Beck in Olathe, Kansas. She attended Junior college at Taft Junior College in Bakersfield, California and worked until her retirement in 1992 for a group of OB-GYN physicians in Bakersfield, returning to Iowa in 1995 to be near her family.

She enjoyed her cats, gardening, handwork and quilting. She visited the nursing homes in California and the Iowa City area and  was a member of the West Branch United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two sons: Pat Michael (Tracy) Beck of  Florida and Randal (Erika) Beck of Stockton, Calif. Numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and sister in law Donna Trent of North Liberty  also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first and last love Cletus (Jake) Curry, husband, daughter Norma Ingle, two sister Arietta Curry and Betty Lawyer, and brother Thomas Trent.

Graveside services were held Monday, March 27, 2017 at Memory Garden Cemetery, Iowa City. Online condolences may be made to the family at

The Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in memory of Lavada  to an animal shelter of your choice.
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