(Durham) – Alice Osborne Long Castillo, age 87, died in Durham, NC on March 01, 2019.
Alice was born in Raleigh on November 30, 1931, to the late Samuel Marsh and Gertrude Ball Long. She moved at a young age to central Florida, and when she spoke of those early years of growing up near the Ocala National Forest, her most vivid memories were watching the filming of the movie “The Yearling” starring Spencer Tracy.
After graduating high school in Florida, Alice started college at William & Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia, but then transferred to Florida State University where she graduated with a BS in Marine Biology. While at Florida State, Alice joined Chi Omega sorority and remained active for years after graduating.
After college, Alice moved to Beaufort, NC to work at Duke Marine Lab, then moved to Madison, WI to work at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center. While living in Madison, Alice married and had two children, Natalia Maria and Steven Anthony Alexander.
In 1968, Alice moved to Durham, NC where she was a resident for 51 years. During those years in Durham, Alice conducted research and worked at Duke University and Duke University Medical Center for over 31 years and remained an avid Duke fan until her passing.
Alice loved playing bridge with her friends and working in her garden in the spring. Throughout her life, Alice also loved to travel throughout Europe and Peru with her friends and family. One of her favorite summertime destinations was Myrtle Beach, SC where many of her relatives lived and her children always enjoyed.
Alice Castillo is survived by a daughter, Natalia Maria Castillo of Sullivans Island, SC, and son, Steven Anthony Castillo and his wife Robin Braly Castillo of Durham, NC, granddaughters, Bailey Maria, Anne Marsh, and Carmen “Davie” Castillo, and her sister, Gertrude “Tootsie” Wood of Durham. Alice was preceded in death by her father, Samuel Marsh Long, her mother, Gertrude Ball Long, and her brother, Samuel Marsh Long, Jr.
Alice’s family would like to express sincere appreciation for the loving care giving and dedication provided by: Rebecca Troedsson, Billie Horne, Stephanie Taylor, Sara Zweigle, Elisa Winn, Svetlana Thorne, Yvetta Smith, Karen Hagwood and Kathy Riley, as well as special thanks to the kind staff of Croasdaile Village.
In lieu of a funeral service, Alice’s desire was that the family wait until the spring for her memorial service, when the many flowers bloom to announce emergence of new life.
Memorial donations may be made to Duke HomeCare & Hospice.
The Castillo family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Online condolences: www.hallwynne.com – select obituaries.