Angelita Castillo-Gumm was born in San Antonio Texas on August 13, 1950 and moved to Phoenix AZ as a child. After battling brain cancer for 19 months she went home to be with the Lord on July 15, 2018. Her Pre-deceased parents are Valentin Castillo and Petra Reza. Angelita is survived by her husband Tommy Gumm, siblings: Rachel Moran, Joe Castillo (Rose), Beatrice “Bea” Moreno (Ben), Valentin Castillo Jr. (Sylvia), and Minerva “Minnie” Hambicki (Greg). Her children James Frausto, Leticia Ritter, and Percillia Villanida (Charles) together have eight Grandchildren: Anthony Frausto, David Frausto, Angel-Leah Villanida Spicer (Stephen), Hi’ilani Villanida, Julianne Villanida, Brianna Ritter, Brian Ritter Jr., and Maylynn Villanida.
Early in her life Angelita worked as a nursing assistant for a quadriplegic nursing unit in Phoenix. Later, she was a homemaker for her children and four step-children: Joe Michael Contreras, Monique Contreras, JoAnn Contreras, and Connie Contreras. She was a devoted mom and active volunteer in the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, supporter of Trevor G. Browne H.S. JROTC, and Office Manager for Contreras Bros. Refrigeration. She enjoyed sewing and baking for special occasions, reading fiction crime drama, and building her family genealogy. Each Christmas and Easter her family and friends looked forward to a deep dish 12-inch pecan pie.
One of her biggest accomplishments was owning Old Time Photos, 1998-2013. First at Desert Sky Mall then relocating to 7025 N. 57th Ave, Glendale AZ. She had a very special relationship with her clients as she took care of their family photos and personal concerns. She hand-painted and restored damaged photos, as well as personalized funeral t-shirts for families in need. She had a unique collection of old time western props and costumes that made excellent group photos. These photos reflect the heart of Arizona and its heritage. A great privilage was once having photographed Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his staff (Photo not available). Her best friend and husband, Tommy Gumm, was “Santa” each year. He listened to kids and adult’s Christmas wishes while Angelita “Mrs. Santa” took and gave each person a free photo. She reluctantly closed her business when she became ill.
Her best friend, fellow photographer, and traveler is Tommy Gumm. Together they chased thunderstorms, took vacations, attended trade shows where Tommy sold his wooden toys; and loved each other. Tom affectionately referred to Angelita as the “Little Missus” but we all know who that was! Their time and travel were cut short but not their Love for each other.
We miss you and look forward to seeing you again! Love Always, Your Family.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday July 28, 2018 at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 South Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ. The viewing will be at 10 AM followed by the service at 11 AM. Burial will take place at 1 PM at Holy Cross Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Rd., Avondale AZ, 85392. Fellowship will be from 3-5 PM, at First Christian Church, 6750 7th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85013.