Nilda Castleton passed away at home on Sunday, Sept 5, 2021 due to injuries sustained from a fall. She was born January 3, 1941 to Luis Alberto and Olga Elena Pinto in Santiago, Chile. She was the older of two children. Her brother Claudio was born on her first birthday. She enjoyed long conversations with her dad on a wide variety of topics from metaphysics to history, politics to philosophy. She studied from Western Civilization classics. She learned French, English and Latin, graduating high school at age 16. She was a dedicated student, her dad having encouraged her to read any book on any subject. If she could support her understanding and decisions with reason, he would support them, even if he disagreed with them. He taught her to reason instead of using emotions. She learned to play the piano and for a while considered a career as a concert pianist.
In her teens, she met missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an event that would change the entire course of her life, indeed, her eternity. Despite initially suspecting the missionaries might be CIA plants, she decided to listen to them. As with every other decision she made, and with encouragement from her father, she listened, studied, and prayed about the message they shared. Having reasoned, and then confirmed with prayer, she was converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and joined the church- a decision to which she remained steadfast the rest of her life. She went on to serve a mission and later served as personal secretary to the mission president.
She met the love of her eternity, Lloyd Vernon Castleton, during her service in the mission home. After a brief courtship, they decided to marry and she headed to Utah to complete her education while he remained in Chile to finish his duties with the Peace Corps. They married in the Salt Lake Temple on July 2, 1965. Ever inseparable, Lloyd and Nilda raised their family of four kids (Kayle Vernon, Clief, Cammy, and Kyron) throughout Central and South America, eventually settling in Orange County, California. Wherever they were, they served the Lord in whatever capacity they could. Their favorite church service was as temple workers at the San Diego Temple, and later the Draper Temple where they had moved after retiring to be closer to their kids and grandkids, having served a total of 23 years.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Cammy (1973), her son Kyron (1986), and her cherished husband, Lloyd in 2008. She is survived by her two oldest sons, Kayle Vernon (Gwen DeYoung) and Clief (Lorrie Thurman), as well as her younger brother Claudio (Marina Soto), and 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren (and counting).
A viewing will be held on Thursday, Sept 9th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Rd. (10600 S.), Sandy, Utah. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Sept. 10th at 1:00 p.m. with a viewing beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Granite View Stake Center, 9880 South 3100 East, Sandy, UT. Interment to follow services at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Rd. (10600 S.), Sandy, UT. Those wishing to virtually attend services please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82643354881
Life Story Info
I lived next door to Nilda for several years on Majestic Canyon. She made sure to come over and welcome me right away and we became fast friends. My last outing with Nilda was a few months ago, she took me to her favorite restaurant Cubbies, she proudly drove me there taking all the side streets, including passing the cemetary where her husband was laid to rest, and of course, blew him a kiss as we drove by. When we were having dinner I shared an experience with her, and mentioned that I was so embaressed someone might have seen me and she looks at me and said "Leez, why do you care what people think!?" It's not the first time I'd heard that, or thought that, but when Nilda said it with her strong accent and commanding voice, it stuck. I'll be forever grateful to Nilda for her friendship and wisdom. I'm not Mormon, and she never pushed religion, we talked about food, health, family and had many conversations on that extra long custom made couch!!!
I'm so sad she's gone, I was thinking it was time to give her a call and go out again. I watched the funeral on Zoom at work, and was very impressed with all the family sentiments, and glad she never asked me to go to Costco with her!...
What a great legacy she is leaving behind. Rest in peace Dear Nilda,. I'm sure there's a joyful reunion going on with her eternal sweetie, and children who passed way too soon.
I love you, Liz
My husband, Kenny and myself were so very sorry to hear of Nilda's passing. As neighbors to Nilda, we have enjoyed her pure joy of life, lively conversations and her lovely, generous personality. We will miss her very much, but she will always be in our memory as the most beautiful person we were very lucky to associate with. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this very difficult time.
All our love and care, Ken and Charisse Zima