Mary Costilla

February 5th, 1954 - September 20th, 2019

On Friday , September 20,, 2019, Mary Costilla, loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt passed away at the age of 65. Mary was born in Midland Texas to Bonifascio and Ethel (Jean) Costilla. She was born fourth in line of eight children. Mary worked as a caregiver and provided comfort and care to many people at the end of their lives. Mary had a passion for anything crafty, whimsical or imaginative. Her talents with cooking, baking, beading, gardening, and sewing brought joy to her family and friends. She taught her grandchildren to love and appreciate the small things in life. One of their favorite pastimes included sitting on her patio and swinging on her porch swing and talking. Mary was an avid country music fan, with some of her favorites being Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson and Merle Haggard. She was known for her kindness but also her fiery spirit and quick wit. She also enjoyed traveling and went all over with her best friend and companion Jack Essary. Together they shared a love for each other and a fondness for Texas. 

Mary was preceded in death by her mother and father, Jean and Bonifascio Costilla, and her brothers, Donald and Junior. She is survived by her three children Sandy Johnston (Todd), Windy Kenny, Gordon McGowan (Tonie) and her grandchildren Jessica, Junior, and Holly. She is also survived by her brothers Louie Costilla, Frank Costilla (Ann), and her sisters, Maggie Freeman (Rick), Francis Hernandez, and Billie White (Joe). Plus, dozens of nieces, nephews and cousins. She loved you all!


A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 27th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Vineyard Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park, located at 14165 N. Beckman Rd, Lodi CA, 95240.

Cherokee Memorial is honored to serve the Costilla family.

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