Esperanza "Ranza" Dawnyale Espinoza

February 12, 1975March 6, 2018

Esperanza Dawnyale Espinoza, 43, returned to heaven on March 6, 2018. She was born on February 12, 1975 in New Mexico, the daughter of Mike and Paula Garcia.

Ranza met the love of her life at age 17, Marc Espinoza, the summer of 1992. And they were by each other’s side for the next 25 years. Their love endured the distance between Arizona and New Mexico. She graduated from Clayton High School, Class of 1993. After graduation, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she would begin her adult life. Marc and Ranza lovingly brought their first child, Alycea Dawnyale Espinoza, into this world in May of 1995. 6 months later committed to FOREVER in November 1995 and celebrated 22 years of marriage. Their second child, Erik Christopher Espinoza, was born in March of 1999. Ranza would raise her family with love, compassion, and strength for the years to come.

She was a member of the Catholic Church and lived her life with great faith. Ranza completed her Bachelor of Arts in Education at Arizona State University. Her passion to help others, especially the youth, led her to receive her Master’s Degree in School Counseling all while working full time and raising her children. She became a student counselor at Dysart High School and then St. Mary’s before leaving to work at Shadow Ridge High School where she blessed the lives of those she encountered with her grace, intuitiveness, and care. She also had a passion for athletics as she coached volleyball and softball.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded by her two sisters, Angela Lucero and Jenna Stevenson, her brother, Michael Garcia her brother-in-law’s, Michael Espinoza, Ferron Lucero and Traver Stevenson, sister-in-law’s, Melinda Espinoza and Stephanie Garcia. She is a wonderful aunt to all or her nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance will be held at 10 am on Friday, March 9 at St. Mary’s Basilica.

When I’m Gone

When I come to the end of my journey

And I travel my last weary mile,

Just forget if you can,

That I ever frowned

And remember only my smile.

Forget unkind words I have spoken;

Remember some good I had done,

Forget that I ever had a heartache,

And remember I’ve had loads of fun.

Forget that I have stumbled and blundered

And sometimes fell by way,

Remember I have fought some hard battles

And won, ere the close of the day.

The forget to grieve for my going,

I would not have you sad for a day,

But in summer just gather some flowers,

And remember the place where I lay,

And come in the evening,

When the sun paints the sky in the west,

Stand for a few moments beside me,


  • St. Mary's Basilica Friday, March 9, 2018

Esperanza "Ranza" Dawnyale Espinoza

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Gus and Pat

March 9, 2018

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Espinoza family. While right now words fail to capture the pain of losing your loved one; Esperanza, soon words will fail to capture the joy of having our Heavenly Father return Esperanza to you.- John 5:28, 29.

Nancy Schuster

March 9, 2018

Ranza and I worked together at a medical office when she was 18 years old. We shared a office together and our friendship grew. We had a lot of laughs in that office!! I feel very blessed that Ranza welcomed my daughter and I into her family. We have meet so many wonderful people. Your soft spoken, incredibly kind soul, strong spirit and beautiful smile will be missed. I love ya girl!

Evelyn Secchiari (Martinez)

March 8, 2018

Such a bright beautiful soul! I smiled yesterday as I went to the mailbox and pulled out a HUGE stack of mail. Ranza would call me to see if we were coming to something for the kids or whatever she was planning, to which I would reply, "I didn't get the invite." Her reply was always that she had mailed it to us. Then I would say, "Oh, hold on. I haven't checked the mail in a while. I'd go to the mailbox and pull out a HUGE stack of mail (like the one I retrieved yesterday) and there it would be! It didn't take her long to just tell me to check my mail. I can hear her saying, "Evelyn!?" in her soft yet somehow scolding voice. :) Such a beautiful cousin who loved me with all her heart and I her. She will be missed dearly.
God only chooses the best so quickly so he chose her.
Love to you all!
-Las Primas #4

Paula Garcia

March 8, 2018

I am so thankful I was able to be with my Ranza these last few months. I hope my being with her helped her in some way. I will miss you so much my baby girl. Keep us all in line from up there. I love you.

Monique Marez

March 8, 2018

I love you Ranza. You were the soft spoken, tender one out of all us cousins. Your beautiful smile and tender spirit will be missed greatly.

Jeffery Massey

March 7, 2018

I just received the call from my daughter sharing the news and I just couldn't believe it... until now. When my family relocated to Arizona, Esperanza was instrumental in helping my girls find their way at Shadow Ridge High. Esperanza was more than a counselor to my girls, she was a true partner to my family. She was right there lending her support when my girls wanted to start the Diversity Club at Shadow. She was right there for us whenever we had any issues or concerns. Our heart goes out to her family, friends, students, and the overall community that will truly miss this gift of a person. We pray for the peace of heart, mind, and spirit needed in this time of loss. Rest well Esperanza, you will always be in our hearts.

- The Massey's