OBITUARY

Deborah D'Ann Espinoza

July 9, 1960April 8, 2021
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Deborah D'Ann Espinoza, age 60 passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Deborah was born July 9, 1960. She is survived by husband Arthur, children Cody, Chelsey, Tyler, Tudie, Frankie, and Tanya; her grandchildren Coralee, Lincoln, Eli, Anthony, Alyssa, Adam, Veronica, Mariyah, Destyni, Jada, Xavier, Ayden, Jonavin and Aaliyah.

A funeral service for Deborah will be held Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery, 401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. A burial will occur at Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.greenacresmortuary.net for the Espinoza family.

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    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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Susan Towne

April 22, 2021

I have known Debbie for 28 years. So many fun.....great.......memories we made in those 28 years.....her many talents always amazed me.....from decorating a cake....to flower arrangements....to her beautiful ceramics........organizing a birthday party......baby shower......wedding ..... Debbie did it all.....and it always was done at 100%....she wouldn't have it any other way. The best part is that she was always so modest with her accomplishments.....it has been my honor to work by your side for the past 28 years....many laughs....serious talks......sharing pictures of our kids and grandkids....tv shows that we loved....being silly on Halloween 🎃..... your goodie bags on the holidays..
Oh my dear friend. You are so missed .... you will always have a place in my heart ❤......

Logan Hunsaker

April 22, 2021

Debbie.. She first met me when I was only a baby. But for me, being just a few years old, I first remember meeting her when my Nana would watch me and bring me into Treeland on Saturday's with her. I spent most of the day in the office watching movies, but for about an hour of the day when my Nana would make her run to the bank, I would sit at the register next to Debbie. Debbie was always so, sweet, patient, and caring. Even with running just about everything at the register, she wouldn’t let down keeping me occupied and happy. I’m now 20, and I am so blessed to have also worked with her for almost 5 years. I will miss her joy, her smile, her salsa, and helping pick a Tinkerbell souvenir with my Nana from Disneyland when we would go. I will also miss the radio she had at the register.. playing Christmas music whenever it was on. And playing Christmas music on the store’s speakers per her request. She was a huge and essential part of Treeland, as family, and as honorary Head Cashier. She watched the next generation of Treeland, including myself, Eric, Holly, Keith, and Josh grow from just kids. She was our friend, but way more than just that. She is in our hearts, forever. All of our hearts. And her legacy will be survived through us. Always, and forever. I love and miss you so much Debbie-orah!

Veronica Nowlin

April 21, 2021

Me n my Tia decided to sneak out and we went to the park n I seen a black truck driving around the park n I told her it was my tata so I said we had to go so we took off ruuuunnnning I’m saying like fast fast to beat him back home then we jumped right in the window n there was my NANA STANDING THERE n was like ur tata will be back soon idk why u guys didn’t just use the front door lol my nana never judged no one!!! I love you nana

Isabelle Smith

April 21, 2021

To the Espinoza family , my deepest condolences to you ..She loved her family so much , she would always show pictures of you all ❤️ Debbie was my co-worker at Treeland Nurseries and was loved by all the employees and customers .. She will be truly missed her smile in the morning always was a definite good start to my day knowing you were there .. I miss you dearly so much already, your big heart and warming smile Deb- bor-ah my friend May you Rest In Peace 🙏🏼 Love you , Isa

Zabrina Rogers

April 20, 2021

Debbie aka momma was so amazing. She had the biggest heart and would help anyone in need. She was such a beautiful person inside and out and will truly be missed.

Joan Webster

April 14, 2021

My heartfelt sympathy to Arthur and family knowing that Debbie was loved by all. She was a very loving generous person and a friend to everybody. Love and prayers to all of you. Sincerely, Joan Webster. (Cousin in MI)

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Biography

Many things can be said about Deborah D'Ann Espinoza. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Deborah was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

      Deborah was born on July 9, 1960 at South Side Hospital in Mesa. Her parents were Patricia & Richard Smith. Deborah was raised in Mesa, Arizona. When she was young, Deborah's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Deborah demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around her.

      Deborah grew up with Three Brothers. She had three older brothers Gordon, Doug, Ricky. Deborah was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family. She was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Deborah carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Deborah was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those she knew.

      As a young girl, Deborah was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether her peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Deborah could easily relate to other kids. In her spare time she liked farming. Deborah's memorable achievements included awards for leather work and ceramics. However, to Deborah, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her many friends and family.

      During her high school years, Deborah had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. She was constantly offering her support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which she participated. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 1977. She did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to her. Deborah was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activities. Teachers and classmates knew Deborah as an excellent listener. She placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for her just around the corner.

      Always considered a “good” friend, Deborah sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Deborah always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Deborah’s friends found her easy to know and get along with because of her talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in her dealings with others. Deborah would always seek to learn what her friends enjoyed, and she would go out of her way to make sure that their needs were met. Deborah was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. In fact, she sometimes felt ill at ease when she was the one on the receiving end.

      On June 5, 1993 Deborah married Arthur Espinoza at the Central Christian Church of Mesa, Arizona. Compassionate and devoted, Deborah worked hard to make her new family happy. She was always generous with her time and this meant that Arthur came first in Deborah’s book. She was always caring and made certain that she considered Arthur’s feelings. By trusting her emotions, Deborah did her best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Deborah was truly a person of empathy.

      Deborah’s quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was very accepting of others translated to being a good mother to her children. Deborah shared these values with her six children, Cody, Chelsey, Tyler, Tudie, Frankie and Tanya. Deborah was also blessed with 14 grandchildren, Coralee, Lincoln, Eli, Anthony, Alyssa, Adam, Veronica, Mariyah, Destyni, Jada, Xavier, Ayden, Jonavin and Aaliyah. Deborah related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved her and she was completely and totally devoted to them. She always went above and beyond at any family function to ensure the decorations were up tp par.

      Deborah experienced success in her work life over and over again. Her primary occupation was Head cashier at Treeland Nursery for 28 years. Deborah always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by her colleagues as a team player. Deborah took pride in managing her professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Deborah was one to take the initiative and her skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Deborah continually sought to learn what her co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled her to help them develop their own potential.

      Because she was organized and methodical, Deborah took great pleasure in her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were decorating for every holiday and throwing parties. Deborah enjoyed sharing her passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.

      Throughout her life, Deborah was known to her peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called on, Deborah was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting her own needs aside. Deborah’s involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Deborah’s ability to bring valued principles along with her.


      Though she never did anything solely for individual recognition, Deborah was given accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. If the truth were known, Deborah never expected to be recognized for her efforts only sought out to make her loved ones full of happiness and love.

      Deborah enjoyed traveling, and because she was so well organized, she would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. Her gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Deborah were always enjoyable. Favorite vacations included Disneyland in California and Northern Arizona.

      Deborah was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Deborah's favorites was Taco, a chihuahua dog. They were best friends for 11 years. Her family was rounded out by her 2 other dogs Emma and Sol.

      Deborah passed away on April 8, 2021 at Hospice of the Valley, Arizona. Deborah fought a battle against cancer. She is survived by husband Arthur, children Cody, Chelsey, Tyler, Tudie, Frankie, and Tanya; her grandchildren Coralee, Lincoln, Eli, Anthony, Alyssa, Adam, Veronica, Mariyah, Destyni, Jada, Xavier, Ayden, Jonavin and Aaliyah. Deborah was laid to rest in Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

      Throughout her life, Deborah was a gregarious and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. She was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Deborah leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives she touched will dearly remember Deborah D'Ann Espinoza.