Alicia Esparza Avalos, 81, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Nov. 1, 2020. She was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to Miguel and Pilar Esparza. When Alicia was about five years old, she moved to Miami, Ariz. where she spent most of her life and where she met her husband of 60 years, Rudolph “Rudy” Avalos. In 1980, she and Rudy moved to Tempe, Ariz. with their two daughters.
Alicia was born in the middle of 10 siblings and became “Nanny” to her younger siblings and many nieces and nephews. She treasured those times and always spoke of them fondly. She carried on the tradition by hosting her nieces and nephews to summer vacations at her home in Tempe. After graduating from Miami High School, she received her cosmetology certificate and started her 30+ year career as a beautician/hairdresser.
Alicia was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. She genuinely enjoyed her life as a caregiver, working full-time and was rarely sitting still. She was blessed with four grandchildren whom she cared for while her daughters worked full-time. The relationship with her grandchildren is priceless and she will forever be in their hearts.
Alicia is preceded in death by her parents Miguel and Pilar Esparza and her sister Maria Horta. She is survived by her husband Rudy; two daughters Louisa Pedraza (Russell) and Alicia Thompson (Eric); four grandchildren John Pedraza, Elisa Pedraza, Marisa Thompson and Jenalee Thompson; eight siblings Eduardo Esparza, Globe, Trini Mawson (Dewey), Globe, Herlinda Monarrez, Phoenix, Esperanza Cordes (Jim) Chandler, Bertha Mansour (John), Phoenix, Maggie Northey, Colorado, Mike Esparza (Maureen), Scottsdale and Jose Esparza (Debbie), Chandler; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being handled by Lakeshore Mortuary in Mesa, Ariz. A small Celebration of Life will be held today, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 at 11 a.m. The service is available through a livestream at www.StBenedict.org (click YouTube icon in upper right corner of page).
In lieu of flowers, please donate in Alicia’s memory to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014 or online at www.HOV.org.