Zoyla Ninfa Espinola Castillo

May 16, 1961November 22, 2018
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Zoyla Ninfa Espinola Castillo was born on May 16, 1961 in Villahermosa, Tabasco and passed away on November 22, 2018 in Redwood City, California


  • Mario Enrique Espinola, Padre
  • Amalia Castillo, Madre
  • Santiago Fuentes, Pareja
  • Olga Torres, Hija
  • Mario Torres, Hijo
  • Gilberto Torres, Hijo
  • Maria Eneida Torres, Nuera
  • Christopher Torres, Nieto
  • Axel Torres, Nieto
  • Antonio Espinola, Hermano
  • Amalia Espinola, Hermana
  • Mario Espinola, Hermano
  • Jessica Espinola, Hermana
  • Williams Espinola, Hermano
  • Alejandro Espinola, Hermano


  • Visitation Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, December 7, 2018

Zoyla Ninfa Espinola Castillo

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If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Zoyla Ninfa Espinola Castillo. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Zoyla was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.
Zoyla was born at her family's home iIn Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. She was the daughter of Mario Enrique Espinola and Amalia Castillo Castillo. Zoyla was raised in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Zoyla was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Zoyla's personality throughout her life.
Though Zoyla was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Zoyla was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Zoyla worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Zoyla was raised with seven siblings - Antonio, Zoyla, Amalia, Mario, Jessica, William and Alejandro. Zoyla and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.
As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Zoyla was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Zoyla was always tactful. One thing Zoyla will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Zoyla had a number of interests and was an active child. Zoyla took part in boxing.
For Zoyla, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Zoyla was also adept at details. Zoyla was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Preparatoria Peralta in 1978. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.
There was one thing that all of Zoyla's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Zoyla was such a popular person throughout her life. But Zoyla was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Zoyla was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Zoyla was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Zoyla was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Zoyla was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Zoyla made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. Her friends were her nieces Patty, Maria Alicia, and her padrino Juan. She also became good friends with her children.
Zoyla was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Zoyla cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. Compassionate and devoted, Zoyla worked hard to make her new life partner happy.
Harmony was important to Zoyla and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Zoyla was blessed with four children, two sons, Alberto (deceased) and Mario and one daughter, Olga Torres. They were also blessed with two grandchildren, Christopher and Axel. Zoyla was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Zoyla was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Zoyla would listen before she would act.
Taking her work seriously came naturally to Zoyla, and she expected the same from those around her. Zoyla was her daughter's caretaker from the day her daughter was born. In that important special role, she consistently gave love and brought harmony.
She enjoyed taking her daughter to dine every day at St. Anthony of Padua as well as walking with her daughter on Marsh Road Trail.
Her keen interest in things that affected the lives of other people led Zoyla to become actively involved in professional and community organizations. Throughout her later years, Zoyla was an active member of the Grupo Sandando Heridas in East Palo Alto - a group focusing on healing and self-empowerment.
Her high moral standards and traditional values served Zoyla well with her faith. Religion and faith were important to her. She attended St. Anthony's Church from the time she arrived in the States in 1992. She was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.
Not only did Zoyla enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Favorite vacations included a vacation she had with her family for Christmas two years ago at Disneyland.
Zoyla passed away on November 22, 2018 at her house in Redwood City. She passed away in her sleep due to a cardiac arrest. She is survived by her children Olga, Mario, and Gilberto, his wife Maria, and grandchildren Christopher and Alex. Services were held at Redwood Chapel in Redwod City, CA. Zoyla was cremated, just as she had wished to be, before passing.
Zoyla was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Zoyla was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Zoyla Ninfa Espinola Castillo.