OBITUARY

Esperanza C Lozano

July 31, 1923January 8, 2019
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Esperanza Chavez Lozano was born as Maria Esperanza Portillo July 31, 1923 to Maria Rivas and Roman Portillo in Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico. She was the ninth of ten children. She was a typical girl, playing with dolls, dancing and playing basketball. She liked putting on makeup and dressing up with her sisters. In wasn’t all fun and games because she spent a lot of time helping her mother around the house. Her sisters were named Manuela, Dolores, Ramona and Juana and Flora. Her brothers were named Guadalupe, Eduardo, Angel and Moises.

At 16, she married Julio Chavez and had nine children of her own. She moved to the US in 1962, living in El Paso for 10 years before moving to Willcox, Safford and eventually to Tucson. She was very proud of becoming a U.S. citizen in 2000 and voted every election after, until 2017. She was often left alone to care for the children since her husband Julio worked away from home, so she was strict to ensure the kids were well behaved and safe.

Even as an adult, she enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls and knickknacks. She loved nature and enjoyed relaxing near a stream or hiking the trails at Mt. Graham. She was envied for her green thumb and could plant any seed in her garden and it would surely grow. There are a few Chinese Elms in Graham County thanks to her. Throughout her life, she had a cage of lovebirds, parakeets or cockatiels, and she had a poodle named Cindy to keep her company when her children were in school. When in Willcox she raised chickens, getting up early to feed them and collect the eggs. More than anything, she enjoyed being a wife, homemaker and mother. She told her daughters she hoped they would be good wives and mothers as well. She loved getting together with her children on the weekends or to celebrate holidays and special occasions. She looked forward to phone calls from her children; those living far, close by, or next door. She enjoyed getting together for morning and evening coffee with her daughters, which became a ritual as the daughters grew older. She was available for her children at any time whether for childcare, advice, a shoulder to cry on, or even to give a lecture. She said that no matter how old her children were, for her, as long as she was alive they were her babies.

She was very good at saving money and invested it in real estate. She worked hard taking care of the family home and was not afraid of, and was quite handy with, tools. She painted, installed floors and removed walls, whatever she felt the home needed at the time. Julio would tell the story of when he came home one day to find a door where there was once a window and a window where the door was. He also would not walk into the house in the dark, because Esperanza loved to move the furniture around frequently. So her hard work and investments in real estate were quite successful providing them with a good retirement.

After her husband of fifty years passed away in 1990, she stood strong and refused to move in with anyone. When one of her daughters passed, she stood strong and continued to function on her own. She was strong willed, independent, and resourceful. She even sold a house and bought another at the age of 91. A few weeks before her passing she talked about buying a new home.

She witnessed much in her lifetime, from the hard life in Mexico and its turbulent history to the many technological advancements of our modern age. She embraced her new country and cried when Kennedy was assassinated. She attended night school in El Paso. She continued an interest in technology, politics and discussing many subjects with her family, even voting until 2017.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Services will be held at East Lawn Palms Mortuary on Friday, January 18 beginning with a visitation at 11:30, followed with a funeral service at 12:30.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Gene Campbell
  • Andrew Peru
  • Beto Chavez
  • Rafael Chavez
  • Hector Chavez
  • Daniel Martinez

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Reception Friday, January 18, 2019
REMEMBERING

Esperanza C Lozano

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Blanca Martinez

January 17, 2019

Nadia and I have so many memories of Mama to cherish forever. Mama was by my side and took my mom's place when I needed her the most. I remember the moments Nadia and Mama shared and they will forever be cherished in both our hearts. The way the looked at each other and held each other I know they share a special bond. It was hard for us to say we will see you again but with a soft kiss from my lips and with a small warm hand holding hers... Nadia said a prayer and we told her we'd see her soon again and to rest. We will forever miss and love her but we know she's just a whisper away.

God looked around his garden
And found and empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth,
and he saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering,
He knew that you would never get
well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough,
And the hills were hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids,
and whispered "Peace be thine."
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn't go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

Esperanza Campbell

January 17, 2019

2018 Grandson Richard and wife Lily , Great Grandkids Andres and ,Julian with Mom.

Esperanza Campbell

January 17, 2019

Eric, Gabby, Ruby, Mama, Espie, Gene, and Julio. 2018

Esperanza Campbell

January 17, 2019

Gene, Espie, Nikki, and Julio with Mama. 2018

Esperanza Campbell

January 17, 2019

Mama with her son Gabriel and her grandkids.

Esperanza Campbell

January 17, 2019

Esperanza Campbell

January 17, 2019

Mama and her great grandkids Julian and Andres.

Esperanza Campbell

January 16, 2019

Mom and I. 1989

Esperanza Campbell

January 16, 2019

January 8, 2019.
Moms son, neices, and nephews. Fernando, Julio, Hortensia, Chata, and Chuy.

Christi Torrio

January 16, 2019

Mama with her daughter Espie, son Julio, grandchildren Christie and Jesse, and great grandchildren AJ and Frankee. 2018

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Mama Esperanza Y Papa Julio

FROM THE FAMILY

Tia Dehlia, Mama Esperanza y Mi Madresita

FROM THE FAMILY

Mama Esperanza y George Sr.

FROM THE FAMILY

Mama Esperanza Y Gran Bisnieta Rebecca

FROM THE FAMILY

Familia Chavez: Mi Padresito Rafael hijo de Mama Esperanza con Bisnietos, Yo Lisa, Mama Esperanza, Mi Hermanita Sylvia, Mi Hermano Beto, Mi Hermano George Sr. Mi Madresita, Mi Hermano Mando, Mi Hermano Rafa Jr. Y Blanca con Primo Hector

FROM THE FAMILY

Mama Esperanza Y Blanca Martinez (Prima)

FROM THE FAMILY

Mama Esperanza

FROM THE FAMILY

Mama Esperanza Y Rebecca Gran Bisnieta

Biography

Esperanza Chavez was born as Maria Esperanza Portillo July 31, 1923 to Maria Rivas and Roman Portillo in Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico. She was the ninth of ten children. She was a typical girl, playing with dolls, dancing and playing basketball. She liked putting on makeup and dressing up with her sisters. In wasn’t all fun and games because she spent a lot of time helping her mother around the house. Her sisters were named Manuela, Dolores, Ramona and Juana and Flora. Her brothers were named Guadalupe, Eduardo, Angel and Moises.

At 16, she married Julio Chavez and had nine children of her own. She moved to the US in 1962, living in El Paso for 10 years before moving to Willcox, Safford and eventually to Tucson. She was very proud of becoming a U.S. citizen in 2000 and voted every election after, until 2017. She was often left alone to care for the children since her husband Julio worked away from home, so she was strict to ensure the kids were well behaved and safe.

Even as an adult, she enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls and knickknacks. She loved nature and enjoyed relaxing near a stream or hiking the trails at Mt. Graham. She was envied for her green thumb and could plant any seed in her garden and it would surely grow. There are a few Chinese Elms in Graham County thanks to her. Throughout her life, she had a cage of lovebirds, parakeets or cockatiels, and she had a poodle named Cindy to keep her company when her children were in school. When in Willcox she raised chickens, getting up early to feed them and collect the eggs. More than anything, she enjoyed being a wife, homemaker and mother. She told her daughters she hoped they would be good wives and mothers as well. She loved getting together with her children on the weekends or to celebrate holidays and special occasions. She looked forward to phone calls from her children; those living far, close by, or next door. She enjoyed getting together for morning and evening coffee with her daughters, which became a ritual as the daughters grew older. She was available for her children at any time whether for childcare, advice, a shoulder to cry on, or even to give a lecture. She said that no matter how old her children were, for her, as long as she was alive they were her babies.

She was very good at saving money and invested it in real estate. She worked hard taking care of the family home and was not afraid of, and was quite handy with, tools. She painted, installed floors and removed walls, whatever she felt the home needed at the time. Julio would tell the story of when he came home one day to find a door where there was once a window and a window where the door was. He also would not walk into the house in the dark, because Esperanza loved to move the furniture around frequently. So her hard work and investments in real estate were quite successful providing them with a good retirement.

After her husband of fifty years passed away in 1990, she stood strong and refused to move in with anyone. When one of her daughters passed, she stood strong and continued to function on her own. She was strong willed, independent, and resourceful. She even sold a house and bought another at the age of 91. A few weeks before her passing she talked about buying a new home.

She witnessed much in her lifetime, from the hard life in Mexico and its turbulent history to the many technological advancements of our modern age. She embraced her new country and cried when Kennedy was assassinated. She attended night school in El Paso. She continued an interest in technology, politics and discussing many subjects with her family, even voting until 2017.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.