Claudia O. Zavala

May 30, 1963February 8, 2021

Claudia O. Zavala, age 57, of El Paso, Texas passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021. Claudia was born May 30, 1963 to Olivia and Ezequiel Ordoñez.

Claudia is survived by her husband, Rodolfo Zavala of 28 years; son Benjamin R. Zavala; brother Ezequiel D. Ordoñez. Claudia was preceded in death by father Ezequiel Ordoñez and mother Olivia Ordoñez.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, services for Claudia will be private for family. A live streaming will be available on Facebook Live during the Prayer Service at 12:00pm Tuesday, February 23, under Funeraria Del Angel Central. In lieu of flowers/plants, the family has requested a donation be made to an animal shelter of your choice.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Zavala family.


  • Rodolfo Zavala, Husband
  • Benjamin R. Zavala, Son
  • Ezequiel Ordonez, Father (deceased)
  • Olivia Ordonez, Mother (deceased)
  • Ezequiel D. Ordonez, Brother


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Vigil

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Claudia O. Zavala

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Erin Dominguez

February 23, 2021

Claudia, I have such fond memories of you from growing up. You always brightened every room you entered, and I remember that well from family parties and holidays together. You always carried so much warmth, love and empathy for everyone around you. You had such an infectious laugh and smile and people just wanted to be around you. You cared so much for your students, and your memory will live on in them. You cared so much for your family - Rudy and Ben, most importantly, - and your memory will live on in us and we will strive to serve people as you did and to spread love and kindness as you did. Here is a photo from a Christmas dinner from 2005. You and Rudy, and with Uncle Sam behind you. You will be so missed. I am sending my condolences as well as Rudy and Ben. I love you all.

Irma Valle

February 23, 2021

My sincerest condolences to Rudy Zavala and Benjamin Zavala on the passing of your wife and mother. I will never forget Claudia’s beautiful smile and her vibrant personality. It was always “Hi, girlfriend!” She always lit up the room when she entered. I remember when she told me she wanted me to be her son’s fourth grade teacher and he was still in kindergarten. The years flew quickly! And she was taken much too soon! She will forever be in my heart and memory. Rest In Peace, Girl Friend.❤️✝️

Patricia Connally

February 22, 2021

Claudia...a beautiful person. Inside and out. ..
A .kind, compassionate, wonderful Mother to Benny,
a loving & devoted wife to Rudy,
loved her pets down to the bone - they will miss her loving touch too.
She will be missed dearly....but never forgotten.
Our Lord has called his Angel to join him up above.
My we always remember her when we see the silver lining in the clouds. Her bright light will always shine within those she touched so dearly.
Rest in Peace Claudia.
We will Miss You....Always & Forever.
Love You Mucho!! Your friend & Cuz' n law Patti. Hugs & OOXXXoo kissess

Sandra Morales

February 22, 2021

David and I send our deepest condolences. I will always remember her with that bright beautiful smile, her calmness and that sweet voice of hers. May Gods loving arms hold all of you during this difficult time.

Rachel Gerardo Montalbo

February 22, 2021

My deepest condolences to her beloved family and friends. May the Lord give all of you peace, comfort, strength and my she RIP with the Lord 🌹✝️♥️

Martha Lay

February 21, 2021

Our condolences in behalf of Rudy and Martha Lay to all the family of our dear friend Claudia. She was truly a blessing to know such a beautiful young lady. We know she is now in the presence of our Lord and Savior! Peace and comfort to her husband,son and brother.
She will be missed but not forgotten, especially her beautiful smile!

Joel & Anne Williams & Hamilton

February 21, 2021

Rudy, Joel & I are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your family. May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand and give you comfort. Joel Williams & Anne Hamilton

Tury Ramirez

February 19, 2021

Rudy, my deepest and sincerest sympathy to you, your son and Claudia’s family. God’s plan is sometimes hard to understand, but trust on our Lord for he has a plan for us too. God bless you all. May Claudia rest in our Lord’s peace.

Lucille Teran

February 18, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to Rudy, Benjamin and families. Claudia , dear friend, may you rest in peace. I'll keep you all in my prayers. I'm a phone call away Rudy. Will keep Claudia in my prayers as well. Will miss you Claudia as you are a beautiful friend with a beautiful smile. God keep you my sweet friend.

Lorianne Pena

February 18, 2021

My beloved Godmother Claudia, Nino Rudy, and Ben.
God’s angels have been sent for my Nina Claudia to join our Lord in Paradise. I will always remember the many times Nina and I shared together. Those many special memories, which I will cherish for the rest of my life. Nina, your love and guidance you have instilled in my heart and soul have shown me the path, I will continue to follow from this day on. On behalf of my parents Henry and Irma Pena, we extend our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Zavala family on their loss. Past Thanksgiving turkey gatherings with you, my Nino, and Ben will always remain in my heart. May you Nina rest in peace with our Lord. We know that he will forever hold you as dear as we do. The Pena family will miss you severely. We love you Nina, Nino and Ben.
Your Goddaughter,
Lorianne Pena



      When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Claudia O. Zavala who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Claudia was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Claudia knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

      Claudia was born on May 30, 1963 at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso, Texas. Her parents were Ezequiel and Olivia Ordoñez. Claudia was raised in El Paso, Texas. Even as a youngster, Claudia learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Claudia was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Claudia was raised with One Sibling. She had one brother Ezequiel D. Ordoñez. Claudia had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Claudia, this was a natural order of life, one she gladly embraced.

      Claudia's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during her childhood. As a young girl, Claudia enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. Claudia Took part in Volleyball, Swimming and Bike Riding. She was very involved at Primera Iglesia Bautista Church and singing in the choir. In her spare time she liked piano lessons and learning to play the violin.

      In school, Claudia was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She would eagerly complete her homework, and often put in extra study time when she felt it was necessary. A logical and focused thinker, Claudia was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Claudia’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from Burgess High School in 1982. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Claudia’s practical work ethic carried over into her college years. Her logical mind permitted her to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. She would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Claudia’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped her stay on track but often put her ahead of schedule. When Claudia saw the need or benefit, she would willingly take on the extra assignment or even attend extra classes in order to learn more and become a better student. She earned her Bachelors in Bilingual Education. She also pursued graduate school, earning her Masters Degree in Guidance Couseling-Elementary. Her favorite courses were counseling activities and strategies in obtaining a Masters degree. Her favorite professor was Dr. Barbie. Passing all of her classes and getting close to graduating from college.

      Claudia was sociable and approachable. Because she was always so straightforward in how she approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. She enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Claudia was a member of a group, her interaction worked to keep the others grounded. She wasn’t afraid to confront her friends and, when necessary, she challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Claudia came to expect her high standards of performance. While growing up, some of her best friends were Eileen Luna and Blanca during her college years. Later in life, she became friends with Eileen and Blanca.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Claudia reveled in the security of her family. On Twice in the same day, September 4, 1992 at 2:50PM Claudia exchanged wedding vows with Rodolfo Zavala at the First at El Paso County Courthouse and second at aunt's house with Pastor Antonio C. Mendoza presiding. Of El Paso, Texas. One of Claudia’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

      Claudia was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Claudia would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Claudia was blessed with One child, Benjamin R. Zavala.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Claudia was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Claudia was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Claudia upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was Guidance Counselor/Educator. She was employed for Ysleta ISD for 28 years. Claudia was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Claudia approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were painting, singing, shopping with Ben, upkeeping her fish and aquariams, and ceramics. Claudia was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Claudia to do in life and that carried over to her enjoyment of sports. She also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football, UTEP Miners and Dallas Cowboys.

      Being generous with her time and energy, Claudia liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. She was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. Her desire to uphold traditions and her ability to take charge of any type of project made her a tremendous asset. Throughout her later years, Claudia was an active member of the supervision of Student Counsel Program, GT Student activities Program, Coordinator of Student Garden Club and Graduations and a variety of student activities.

      Faith was important to Claudia. She held high moral standards and was worried about the moral decay she saw around her. For that reason she held deep spiritual beliefs that she was willing to share. She was a member of Grandview, Scotsdale and Primera Baptist Church. During that time, she was a choir member and Sunday School teacher.

      As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Claudia could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to her by those she helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Claudia; rather, when she saw that there was a need to get something done, she was more than willing to give her time and energy in order to see it accomplished. Some of her most prestigious awards included various recognitions as Counselor/Educator at Glen Cove Elementary and Del Norte Elementary.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Claudia used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Claudia had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Hawaii, Cloudcroft, NM, Ruidoso, NM, Mexico City and Mazatlan.

      Claudia was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Claudia’s favorites was A dynamic pet lover. German Shepherds Bonnie and Max; Cocker/Poodles RC and Rocky; Toy Poodle Toby and Multi-Pooch Cody. They were best friends for 10plus years each set. Her family was rounded out by her Chuka the Cockatoo parrot, various parakeets, many aquariams with fish and a family of 5plus turtles.

      When Claudia’s retirement finally arrived in October 31, 2020, she was well prepared. She used her critical evaluation skills to make sure that every detail had been preplanned and attended to. In many ways, Claudia loved retirement. It provided her with the opportunity to catch up with her friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Claudia passed away on February 8, 2021 at Kindred Hospital in El Paso, Texas. Clauda was a strong and courageous fighter till the end of her illness. She is survived by her son Benjamin R. Zavala, husband Rodolfo Zavala and brother Ezequiel D. Ordoñez. Services were held at Funeraria Del Angel Central in El Paso, Texas. Claudia was laid to rest in Ft. Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.

      All who knew her would agree that Claudia was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Claudia O. Zavala did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.