Ildifonsa Orozco Obituary, Death – Donna – Ildifonsa Castillo Orozco, affectionately known as “Ponchita” to her friends and family, gracefully took her last breath surrounded by her loved ones on June 28, 2023. She leaves behind a profound legacy of love and a life well-lived, spanning 94 beautiful years.
Born on January 23, 1929, in Villa de Guadalupe, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Donna was the cherished daughter of Leonardo Castillo and Apolinaria Leos. Growing up in the small town of Morelos, Villa de Guadalupe, San Luis Potosi, she met and fell in love with Guadalupe Orozco.
Their courtship, filled with heartfelt letters and visits, blossomed into a lifelong commitment as they exchanged vows on December 17, 1946, in Villa de Guadalupe.
Determined to provide a brighter future for their family, they migrated to the United States, making Donna, Texas, their new home. With unwavering faith and as a devoted wife and mother, Ildifonsa supported her husband, Guadalupe, every step of the way.
During her time in Donna, she made lasting friendships while working at the Knapp and Taormina factories. Whenever she heard of a sick friend, she would prepare her legendary “life curing chicken soup” and personally deliver it to their doorstep, ensuring they had nourishment and comfort during their recovery.
A trip to the local supermarket with Ponchita was never a simple task; it always turned into a joyous gathering. She effortlessly made friends at every corner, creating a celebration out of a simple errand.
In the summers, she and Guadalupe migrated with their children to Michigan, Idaho, and Minnesota, working tirelessly in the fields. Despite the long hours, she made sure no one went hungry, skillfully preparing handmade tortillas and traditional meals for their sustenance. Her garden, filled with fragrant roses, was her sanctuary, where she would spend hours whistling, planting, and nurturing nature’s beauty.
Ponchita’s unwavering faith in God was evident in her daily life. She would attend healing mass at St Joseph’s Catholic Church on Monday nights, demonstrating her commitment to spirituality. Her deep-rooted belief in God’s perfect plan shaped the lives of her children, instilling in them the importance of trust and faith.
Donna is reunited in eternal peace with her beloved husband, Guadalupe Orozco, of 75 years, her parents Leonardo and Apolinaria Leos, her son Nicholas Orozco, son-in-law George Escobedo, and grandson Eleazar “Charlie” Bernal.
Left to celebrate her remarkable life are her adoring children: Antonia (Feliciano) Ibarra, San Juan “Morena” (Charlie) Bernal, Ramiro (Alicia) Orozco, Adela (Luis) Sifuentes, Maria Escobedo, Ana (Steve) Yeung, Nicandra Orozco, Lupita (Nelson) Armenteros, and Damian (Lorraine) Orozco.
She is also survived by her 27 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, who will forever hold her close in their hearts.