Dolores Agnes Martinez passed away peacefully at her home in Espanola on the morning of April 3, 2022.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roman and Rosa Torres, her brother, Roman "NoNo" Torres, her sister, Judy Montoya, and her beloved husband of 45 years, Paul Martinez.
She is survived by her son Stephen Martinez (Cassandra Bowman), daughter Alyssa Martinez (Christopher Voss), and a number of nieces and nephews. She was also looking forwardto welcoming her first grandchild, Theodora, into the world in June. She loved her granddaughter so much already. Also left behind are her dear pets: Merlin, Xena, Moo, and Hero.
Dolores was born to Roman and Rosa Torres on April 29th, 1947, in Las Vegas NM. She grew up there, and obtained a master's degree in bilingual education from Highlands University.
It was at Highlands that she met her future husband, Paul, in a guitar class. The two were married on December 28th, 1976. They moved to Espanola, where they raised their two children, Stephen and Alyssa. Dolores was a loving, caring wife and mother. She took pride in both roles, and always made sure her family's needs came first.
For over 35 years, Dolores was a dedicated public elementary school teacher, first in Las Vegas NM and then in Espanola NM at Fairview Elementary. She took great joy in her job, and was always proud of her students. She truly loved teaching, and continued to tutor and mentor students long after her retirement.
Dolores was a devout Catholic, and lived her life in a way that reflected her devotion. Her faith was steadfast, and it gave her strength throughout her life. She taught catechism for many years. She also gave communion to the home-bound, hospitalized, and patients at the dialysis center.
There were many things in life that brought her joy: music, arts and crafts, birds and flowers, and all of God's little creatures. She enjoyed reading, solving the newspaper jumble, and watching scary movies. She loved good food, and always made sure everyone had enough to eat.
Above all else, she had an abundance of love for her faith, her family, and teaching, both inside the classroom and out.
Dolores will be remembered as a beautiful soul who had a deep compassion for the people in her life. She brought love and light wherever she went. She was elegant, intelligent, and always maintained a youthful spirit. She was truly a blessing to all who knew her, and her presence will be sorely missed.
Visitation for Dolores will be April 19th 2022 at 4pm at DeVargas Funeral Home, with a rosary to follow at 5pm. Funeral mass will be held April 20th 2022 at 2pm at Holy Cross church in Santa Cruz.