Mrs. Esparza, a native of Phoenix, was born Sept. 26, 1927. She graduated from Armstrong Business College in San Jose and lived in the Bay Area before moving to the Central Valley in 1990. She lived in Tracy and Manteca.
Survivors include her husband, Saul Esparza of Manteca; three children, John Esparza of Tracy, Gerald Esparza of Canton, Ohio, and Martha Esparza Kuykendall of Tracy; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Her parents, Juan and Ramona Avila, preceded her in death.
Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery, 3661 French Camp Road, in Manteca.
The family prefers that contributions in Mrs. Esparza’s name be sent to Community Hospice of Modesto, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95376; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1455 Response Road, Sacramento, CA 95815.