Lavena A. (Castles) Bartlett, former resident of Grass Valley, died May 31 in San Pablo. She was 91.

A memorial service was held in El Sobrante on June 10. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, June 13, at Greenwood Memorial Gardens in Grass Valley. Pastor Jim Mamanva of the El Sobrante SDA Church will officiate.

Mrs. Bartlett was born March 11, 1917, in Victor, Colo., to Milo and Mary (Kate) Castles. She was second generation American, with both maternal grandparents born in Scotland. In 1923, the family moved to Grass Valley. She graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1934. She worked at the Brownies Drive In, Hartungs Jewelers, and Boltons. While working at the Five and Dime Store she met and married Dewey (Bud) Bartlett. They moved to Tacoma, Wash., where her husband, serving for the U.S. Army, was stationed at nearby Fort Lewis. He was sent overseas to fight in World War II in 1943. When he returned, they moved to Richmond.

Mrs. Bartlett was active in her church, singing in the choir and doing community work. She enjoyed attending her high school reunions in Grass Valley, crossword puzzles, traveling and cooking. The last two years she suffered from severe arthritis and mental decline and lived in a care facility. She maintained her sense of humor and wonderful smile up until the end. She was loved by her family and her many friends and will be missed by all.

Mrs. Bartlett is survived by her caring daughter, Judy of San Pablo; loving sister, Grace Castles of Grass Valley; nieces Andrea Richardson and Cynthia Warner of Grass Valley; nephew, Wally Castles, and many grand and great-grand nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Milo and Mary (Kate) Castles; brothers Lloyd and Clarence Castles; sister, May Grothe; her beloved husband, Dewey, and loving son, Lloyd.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wilson & Kratzer Mortuary in Richmond and Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.

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