Vicenta Castillo Miller (Vicky)

Vicenta Castillo Miller (Vicky) was born on July 19, 1935, in Lockhart, Texas, the daughter of Delfina Martinez Castillo and Julian Castillo.

She died on May 30, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Adan and Rudy; and one sister, Dora.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Miller; a son, David; a daughter-in-law, Disa; a grandson, Cameron; a step-grandson, William (Billy); and many cousins.

As a child, she moved to San Antonio with her family in 1939. She lived in San Antonio until 1963, attending school and graduating from Fox Tech High School.

After graduation, she joined the U.S. Navy and served for two years. 

She then returned to San Antonio and began employment at Brooks Air Force Base. In her final position there, she was in charge of base housing. During this time, she also began taking classes at San Antonio College.

Vicky was enjoying her life of work, school and dancing. One night, in October 1962, she went with friends to the Officer’s Training School (OTS) Club. 

There, she met the love of her life, Bill  Miller. The first evening she saw Bill, she announced to her friends: “See that one there, leave him alone, he’s mine. I’m going to marry him!”

That night was the beginning of a romance between Vicky and Bill that lasted over 55 years. 

Vicky and Bill married seven months later, on May 8, 1963, at Chapel One, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

After marriage, she  transferred from her Civil Service job to the Air Force Logistics Command.

She got involved in the Air Force life as a wife, becoming involved in the Officer’s Wives’ Club and Family Services. 

She was involved in helping to raise funds for Air Force Villages (now Blue Skies of Texas). 

She was twice selected as Military Wife of the Year. The first selection came on a Navy base in Mechanicsburg, Pa., while she was on a joint assignment with the Defense Supply Agency. The second selection was while she was stationed at McClellan Air Force Base in California.

After retirement from the Air Force, Vicky and Bill built their dream home and settled in Southern Illinois.

Vicky started a new career as a pre-kindergarten teacher. After 10 years, she retired from teaching and returned to college to complete her degree, graduating with high honors.

She was the chairperson for Celebrate Anna, a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the City of Anna. She also was selected as Union County Citizen of the Year.

Vicky and Bill moved to Air Force Village II (now Blue Skies of Texas West) in December 2008.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 13, at the High Flight Chapel at Blue Skies of Texas West. A memorial reception will follow at the Roadrunner Lounge.

The Gazette-Democrat

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