Norma Espinoza Amick, 57, passed away peacefully after a short illness on January 5, 2021. She was born in Watsonville to Maria de la Luz and Julio Espinoza on December 29, 1963.
She graduated from Watsonville High and went on to work for the Pajaro Valley School District for more than 33 years, as an instructional aide. Throughout the years, her compassionate heart led her to work-outside-the-box with her many students, journeying through a work life filled with kindness and passion, helping and serving with an open heart. She encouraged her students to always do their best in school, at home, and in their community. She was a huge force for good in the many lives she touched.
Norma lived life to the fullest. With a twinkle in her eyes and a contagious smile, she welcomed all with her whole heart. She was a loving, supportive wife and a fun-loving, warm, caring person, with strong faith in family. Loving memories and family time were centered around the large family gatherings throughout the years, including the large gathering for making tamales for the annual family Christmas dinner. She loved spending time with her siblings, nieces, and nephews; at game night, and singing karaoke. She was an avid Jeopardy watcher, and a faithful 49er fan.
She is preceded in death by her father, mother, and her nephew Andrew Tibbitts. She is survived by her husband of 18 years, David, and siblings: Altagracia Espinoza-Nabor (Steven), Carmen Johnson (Jay, deceased), Julio Espinoza (Lupe), Ana Shallenberger (Jerry), Maria L. Espinoza, and Sergio Espinoza (Irene), and several nieces and nephews.
She was an angel in life, and is now an angel in heaven watching over everyone she knew and loved. She will be greatly missed by the many, whose lives’ she touched. Due to COVID-imposed funeral restrictions, no services will be held. A celebration of her life will be held in the Spring. In leu of flowers, please donate to The Rabbit Haven, (831) 600-7479 or (831) 239-7119, PO Box 66594, Scotts Valley, CA 95067. Mehl’s Colonial Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.
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