*2wCAPFb*Mary Jane (Liz) MoiolaJanuary 6, 1930-December 19, 2017
Mary Jane (Liz) was born in Winnemucca, Nevada the youngest child of Genaro (John) and Marie (Esponde) Esparza. Her parents owned and ran the Winnemucca Hotel. Liz’s first language was Spanish. She started school in Winnemucca speaking very little English. Being bilingual was a great asset for Liz throughout her life. Liz’s father passed away when she was 9 years old. Several years later she and her mother moved to Reno, Nevada where she attended Reno High School. She loved school and was a cheerleader for Reno High. After graduation she attended a dance in Fallon, Nevada where she met Lawrence Moiola who was playing the accordion in the band. She often told the story that she went home and told her mother that she had met the man she was going to marry.
Lawrence (Lorry) and Liz were married on April 9, 1950 at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno. They lived in Reno, Fallon, Winnemucca, and then moved to Elko where they have lived since 1962. Lawrence and Liz loved to dance and would dance at any function that had music and a dance floor.
Liz spent most of her working life in the banking profession. She worked her way from a teller, to a manager’s secretary, and finally to a loan officer. Her proficiency in Spanish helped her assist many Basques in the Elko area with their banking needs. Liz also worked many years in the evenings as a hostess at the Nevada Dinner House for Mary and Johnny Aguirre.
Liz was known for her excellent cooking and prepared many delicious meals over the years for family and friends. She loved to make paella and had different sized paella pans to fit her needs for the number of people served. Liz was very active in the Elko Basque Club where she helped with the annual Basque Festival. She also taught Basque dancing to her children and many other Basque children in the area. One of the highlights of her life was to visit the Basque country in both Spain and France with her daughter and friends.
After her retirement from banking, she fell in love with fishing and would go on trips with her fishing buddies, Mary Aguirre and Lucy Echegaray. When Lawrence retired, he and Liz enjoyed many trips to different lakes around Nevada where they enjoyed fishing and camping. Liz loved her camp trailers and cried when they finally had to sell the last one. Some of their favorite spots were Wild Horse Reservoir, Angel Lake and Cave Lake.
Liz and Lawrence lived a full and happy life, enjoying 67 years together. Liz was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Louie Esparza. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, and their two children, Mitchell (Clayre) Moiola and Nona (Jerry) Robinson; her older twin sisters, Honorine (Bengoa) Pedroli and Josephine Reeves; her very special “adopted” granddaughter, Kaylee Filippini; her “adopted” sons, James (Kandiss) McVey and Bill (Aline) Mooney and their families; her nieces and nephews and their families, Margarita (Tim) DeLong, Frank (Kathy) Bengoa, Mark (Connie) Reeves, Johna Reeves, Steve (Maite) Moiola, Teresa (Loredano) DelSarto, Tammy (Pete) Mori, Andrea (Tom) Muth and Craig (Jenny) Moiola.
A funeral mass will be held on January 6, 2018, at 10:00am, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with a luncheon following at The Terraces at Ruby View (Elko Senior Center).
Those wishing to donate can do so to the Northeastern Nevada Museum, the Terraces at Ruby View (Elko Senior Center), or a charity of their choice.