Catarina Franco Esparza
March 5, 1934  -  November 15, 2018

Catarina Franco Esparza

Sunset Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
6801 E. Business 20
Odessa, TX  79762
Monday, November 19, 2018
7:00 PM
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Funeral Service
Rankin Community Center
Rankin, TX  
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
1:00 PM

Rankin Cemetery
Rankin, TX  

Catarina Franco Esparza, age 84, passed away on the morning of November 15, 2018.

Catarina was born on March 5, 1934 in Terlingua, TX, to Vicente and Santos Franco. She grew up in a small town of Study Butte, in the Big Bend area. She married the love of her life, Brijido Esparza on September 14, 1949. They settled in Rankin, TX where they raised their three children, Brijido, Jr., Yolanda and Naldo.

They spent nearly 70 years in Rankin before moving to Odessa to be closer to family.

Catarina was one of a kind. She always seemed to make a living on buying and selling. If there was ever anything you needed, you knew that the house across the tracks in Rankin was the first place to go.

Catarina was a loving, caring, and hard-working mother. Her family was her pride and joy. Family gatherings were always located at Catarina and Brijido’s house. She loved to be with her family, and her family loved to be around her. She loved to dance and have a great time.

She was a very devoted catholic, and spiritual woman. There was nothing like her goodbyes, which always came with a prayer and her blessings.

Catarina was the beloved wife of Brijido Esparza, the loving mother to Brijido Jr, Yolanda and her husband, Rosendo Abalos of Odessa, Naldo and his wife, Leigh Anne Esparza of San Angelo; six grandchildren, Joaquin Abalos, Davene Abalos, Paula Abalos, Tyler Esparza, Teague Esparza, and Baylor Esparza; great grandchildren, Caty Pacheco, Rey Pacheco, Cain Abalos, Taylen Esparza, Molly Abalos, Amber Carrasco, Zariah Carrasco, Vincent and Gabby Galindo; great great grandchild, Oaklynn Carrasco; her six siblings, Julian Franco, Reymundo Franco, Benafacio Franco, Juanita Sarabia, Rita Aboytes and Alicia Garcia. Catarina also had many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Rosary will be held Monday, November 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be held in Rankin at 1:00 PM, at the Rankin Community Center on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Burial will follow at the Rankin Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Joaquin Abalos, Cain Abalos, Tyler Esparza, Teague Esparza, Rey Pacheco and Rey Franco.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Mundito Franco, Junior Franco, Peti Sarabia, Junior Cuellar, Bobby Garcia and Edmundo Garcia.

Arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. To send family condolences please sign her guestbook at


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  1. Johnnie Sue Gonzales
    Kyle, TX

    My condolences to Catarina Franco Esparza' s family. May she RIP. From Johnny Abalos Gonzales, Johnnie Sue Gonzales and my sisters. I remember her as a child in Rankin TX. Beautifull and loving.

  2. Rukky O
    Odessa, TX

    The bible says at psalm 34v15"The eyes of Jehovah are on the righteous and his ears listen to their cry for help" So expressing our feelings in prayer to God is more than good therapy or a means of organizing our thoughts.It actually helps us to establish a personal relationship with our creator ,who can use his power to comfort us. So just know we feel your pain and we hope and pray you all find comfort in Gods word.2 corinthians 1v3&4.

  3. Ruth Loftin (Mrs Joe)
    Midland, TX

  4. Jimmy Acosta
    Bakersfield, CA

    May God continue watching over your family

  5. Lazaro Abalos
    Midlothian, TX

    My deepest condolences and prayers to the family!

  6. Margaret Abalos Gomez
    Abilene, TX

    My sincere condolences primos Brijido, Cheni, Yolanda, Brijidito y Naldo y familia. Los quieremos muncho de parte de la familia Juan y Sadie Abalos

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