Zella Pearl Espinoza (Butterfield)
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12/15/1940 - 06/29/2013
Zella Pearl Espinoza, 72, of Rio Linda, California, passed away on June 29, 2013 in Auburn California with her family by her side. She was born December 15, 1940 to parents, Orvel Edwin and Esther Pearl Butterfield in Hawthorn, California. Zella attended Penryn Elementary School and graduated from Placer High School in Auburn in 1958. She was married to Anthony J. Espinoza of Auburn for 21 years until 1980. She was employed as a receptionist at the Sacramento County Animal Control facility, from 1981 until she retired in 2008. Zella had a passion for oil painting, arts and crafts, and a love of animals. Friends and family remember her as a loving mother with a "live and let live" spirit. She will be missed by all who knew her. Preceded in death by her brother, Vietnam Veteran, Marvin Butterfield and her Father Orvel E. Butterfield, Zella is survived by her mother Esther Butterfield; daughter, Robin Gentry; son, Kevin Espinoza; and grandchildren; Jacqueline and Kathryn Gentry and Rick and Ryan Faulkner. In lieu of flowers, donations to the
in her name would be appreciated. A burial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday July 26, 2013 at the Newcastle Cemetery, in Newcastle, California.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on July 21, 2013