It's hard to put into writing the qualities we cherish the most from the people we love once they are gone. The space they occupy in our hearts ache in their absence. We are forced to rely on nurturing the memories to keep our love from becoming obsolete.
Allow me to introduce you to my sister Claudia Yvette Bustillos (Yvette), born on February 18, 1966. She was a beloved soul who had the capacity to light up our hearts with her child-like smile. Yvette was born with a disability that thanks to our mother was practically non-existent. We were raised with the same expectations with regard to school, family, chores etc. Her challenges afforded her the ability to overcome them with an unfounded strength and unsurmountable touch of grace.
Yvette, like all of us, had her quirks of likes and dislikes. Her all-time favorite movie series was Star Wars. A passion instilled by our father who took 'his girls' to the premiere of the original three movies upon their debut. Once they were out on video, Yvette would watch those movies on repeat day & night, to the point of us knowing Chewbaca's lines! She loved singing and dancing to her karaoke machine. We were never quite privy to the choreography that took place behind closed doors, as we were quickly met with a resounding "Get Out" whenever we would try to see what was going on.
However, her shining moment came from her participation in the Special Olympics. While she took part in basketball, Swimming, and Track & Field, her true passion was in Gymnastics. With the assistance and guidance from her Coach Kathy, she excelled to medal 1st and 2nd place countless times in where she would earn her spot to go to Austin to compete to represent El Paso. Better still, she was one of three chosen in the state of Texas to go on to compete in Louisiana. And true to form, Yvette came home with medals.
She is survived by her parents Francisco & Rosa Bustillos. Her sisters Terry Lambourn (Nephew Jeremy, Niece Abigayle), Bernadette Bustillos, Rebecca Bustillos (Jason, Nephew Elijah), Aunt Cecilia Bustillos & extended family.
In closing we would like to thank the D'Santos Foster Home. Cristy, Andrea, Zuriel, Sylvia, Alejandra and Maria. Their tender care and affection towards our Yvette aka Princess made her time in their charge a rewarding experience. Thank you to our cousin Tencha who jumped in at any given opportunity to help us care for the princess during her extended hospital stays. Words cannot express our infinite gratitude. (Thank you Freddy for sharing her).
In the words of our beloved sister whenever something didn't go her way-just like it didn't go our way with the time she had with us, all we can say now is "oh shoot".
We will miss you.
Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a Rosary at 6:00 PM, Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at Sunset Funeral Homes - East, 750 N. Carolina. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 AM, Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at Little Flower Catholic Church, 171 Polo Inn. Interment will follow at 1:00 PM at Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson. www. sunsetfuneralhomes.net