Whitesburg KY

Mrs. Castle was a native of Neon

Gwenda Leah Wright Castle died May 22. She was born on May 29, 1941 to Jesse E. and Alma (Adams) Wright of Neon. She graduated from high school at Fleming-Neon High School and completed her Home Economics Education degree at Morehead State University.

Mrs. Castle served in the Home Economics Department at Fleming-Neon High School and worked as a substitute teacher with the Berea Board of Education for seven years.

She married Fred D. Castle on May 23, 1965. Together they raised their two children, Candace D. Castle (James “Bear”) Whitworth, of Ledbetter, Kentucky and Samuel D. (Vicky Adams) Castle of Berea, Kentucky. She had five grandchildren, James Alexander “Alex” Whitworth, Ledbetter; Caeleigh Whitworth Euteneier (Ryan), Paducah; Andrew “Drew” Hunter Whitworth, Murray, Kentucky; and Samuel Derek Castle and Victoria Brooke Castle, both of Berea.

Mrs. Castle is also survived by siblings Sharron (Allen) Riddle of Bryantsville, Kentucky; Carol (Claude) Brown of Melbourne, Florida; Jesse “Cowboy” (Dottie) Wright of Neon; Sherry ( James) Castle of Flat Gap, Jon Barry (Sheree) Wright of Neon, and sister-in-law Annette Youngblood Castle of Lexington. A large number of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.

She was an active member of the Berea Church of God. She had an exceptional memory and could recall anyone she had ever met. She loved to encourage others and could tell you the birthday and anniversary of almost anyone she knew. She enjoyed working with young people and spent many years volunteering with 4-H and Scouts. She played the piano and loved going to the Berea nursing home to play for the residents there.

Mrs. Castle spent her spring growing flowers and sharing them with the people she loved. She was an excellent cook and baked the most amazing pies. No matter how closely others followed her recipes they couldn’t quite replicate them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepmother Julia Cooke Wright, and sisters Joy (Bill) Davis of Melbourne, and Patty (Arnold) Playforth of Louisville.

Funeral services were held May 27 at Lakes Funeral Home in Berea. Burial was in Memorial Gardens at Richmond.

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