Antonia "Connie" Woods

Jun 13, 1956 - Aug 24, 2022


23RD PSALMS: “The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou are with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Antonia “Connie” Castro Woods
“Connie” as she was affectionately called, heard the Voice of Jesus saying “Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” “Take My yoke upon you, and lean on Me; for I am meek and lonely in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your soul. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

Antonia “Connie” Castro Mallari was born in Magalang, Pampanga Philippines on June 13, 1956 to the union of Gloria Liwanag Castro Mallari and Quirino Cosio Mallari. She began her relationship with God as a devout Catholic. However, she decided at an early age that she would research Christianity and decide for herself. She waited until she moved to Sacramento, California and joined Calvary Chapel to be baptized in what she deemed to be the water like Jesus Christ. She later committed her worship of God at Midtown Church Sacramento, where she was loved by many.
While still in San Roque Elementary High school where she graduated near the top of her class with her phenomenal memory Connie was determined to pursue her dream of becoming the best and most demanded chef in the Philippines. But sometimes at such an early age our dreams become “deferred’. After graduation from high school Connie worked at menial jobs in order to save enough money to go to an outstanding culinary school.
Her life and her dreams for the future took a surprising turn when she met and fell in love with a handsome and charming United States Airman, Howard Reneé Woods, from Chicago, Illinois who was stationed in the Philippines. Connie was a strong willed and determined individual. When Howard asked her to marry him, who had become stunned with her beauty, she said “yes” immediately. The two wrote love letters for years before she was allowed to move to the United States to be reunited with the love of her life. They were finally married on September 16, 1981 in Oklahoma. Her new and loving husband encouraged her to continue to pursue her desired career, which she did. Howard separated from the United States Air Force and moved to San Diego, California soon after their marriage. Connie took a job in the kitchen of the San Diego Marriott hotel. Her fellow employees soon recognized her skills as an outstanding cook. When this information reached top management Connie was called into the office to discuss her career goals. She was soon upgraded to Head Chef in a matter of months. Connie stayed in this position for over eight years. She only left it to relocate to Sacramento, California which she loved. Connie also worked as the head chef at the KG Club. After a couple of years, she retired her Chef hat where she later worked for Certainteed and Aim.
Connie was a very unique individual. She was beautiful and extremely smart. Her memory was shocking to most. For example, she memorized the majority of the NBA players and their stats along with the teams they played on. Basketball was one of her many passions. Another one was shopping. Not shopping for ordinary things but shopping for diamonds and gold. She also loved to shop for her grandkids, whom she loved dearly. She liked to collect name brand purses such as Prada, Coach, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.
Connie and Howard loved to travel. Aside from her favorite place to live, Sacramento, she and her husband visited Mexico, Hawaii, throughout the Philippines, New York, The Grand Canyon, Sedona, Las Vegas, Chicago, Ohio and all over California, from San Diego to the Oregon border.
Connie and Howard, both being from large families, wanted children. Their children are: Myniesh Isma Porton (Christopher Jerome Porton), Marilee Mercede Walker (Justin Keaune Don Jaz Walker) Mishon Kenneth Woods and bonus daughter, Qwenolyn Shamecca Kendall. Their grandchildren are: Christopher Thomas Porton, Kassidy Jae Walker (bonus granddaughter), Alexa-Reneé Lea Brown, Marcus Howard Porton, Santana Don Jaz Walker, Breeze Zuri-Ari Walker, Blaze Walker and Bear Oak Walker.
Antonia “Connie” will be sorely missed by her large family and her many friends. She lives to cherish her fond memories: Her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her mother, Gloria Liwanag Castro Mallari; siblings: Josefina Mallari Galigagan (Dalino Galigagan), Natividad Castro Mallari (Charles Denton Long Jr.), Rudy Castro Mallari (Julie Mallari), Lorretto Castro Mallari (Deceased) ((Maileen Mallari)),Medina Castro Mallari, Nida Castro Mallari; Rustico Castro Mallari(Angenette Napo Mallari)Rolando Castro Mallari (Deceased), and Jerry Castro Mallari (Arlene Dela Cruz Mallari). And a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.


  • Dee Dee says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you and your family🙏🏽
    May her memories be a blessing.

  • William says:

    I will always be your knuckle-head nephew auntie. I love you auntie. No more pain.

  • Lee and Kathy Pflaum says:

    We are so sorry about Connie’s passing. She will be deepest missed. Our love and prayers to the whole family.

  • Nicole says:

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news about Connie’s passing . You were always such a petite firecracker with style, grace always sporting beautiful jewelry and an excellent cook. I will miss you and my condolences to you Howard.

  • Janet H. Diggs says:

    God Speed Comfort to you, the kids and grandkids. I love you all, always here for you. I pray for peace, calm, loving compassion during this time. Connie is out of pain and leaves a beautiful legacy to carry on.

    Love you all!

  • Vee Govender says:

    Mrs. Connie Woods, Our 💖💖💖 goes out to all your Friends & Family. I will always remember that you departed on my Bday. Its your time to fly….🙏🙏🙏.

  • Ester Pierce says:

    Sending my love and condolences to you Howard. My prayers to you and the family. Connie she’s in heaven, no more pain and suffering. And to my dear cousin Connie, my best friend, we will meet again and continue our fun life together just like old days. We miss you with love from the Aquino family. Love always and forever.

  • Angela says:

    My deepest condolences to you and the entire family. May her memories bring you comfort to know she is no longer in pain. Hugs and prayers from IL. 🤍🤍

  • Kimberly Woods-Burch says:

    My deepest condolences and love to you. I am so sorry for your loss. Over 40 years of love, memories and walking testimonies of the life you built together.

    Such a blessing 💕. My prayers are with you all.

  • Patti Taylor-Smith says:

    Praying for your family during this time. My condolences. 🙏🏿

  • Shiv K Narayan says:

    Our condolences to you and family. May God give you and family strength to get through this. Connie you will be missed. She was such an amazing person, mom, grandmother and a beautiful wife. She opened her home to everyone. We love you and miss you🙏❤️

  • Pastor Al Ray says:

    Howard, I am praying for you and your family. “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made by hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Cor. 5: 1 NKJV)

  • Ed Beeker says:

    There are no words that will comfort enough, not enough hugs to fill the void, no earthly means to bring enough peace. But through our Lord Jesus, we are comforted and reassured that His Father is still sovereign, and that all is well according to His will and our assurance of what wonder there will be waiting for us in the hereafter. Be Blessed my friend; hope to see you one day soon; it’s been too long.. Ed and Li

  • Pamela Jackson says:

    Condolences to you and your family. Daniel and I loved Connie with all our heart. She will truly be missed. Hugs and kisses.
    Pamela Beard Jackson and Daniel Poyser

  • linda and ken logan says:

    oh Howard we are so sorry for your loss but excited that she will be with the Lord and those others who love her

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