Maria Lucia (Lucy) Martinez was born July 6th, 1929, to Juan Antonio and Bernardita Martinez of Rio Chama, NM. Lucy made her journey into Heaven peacefully surrounded by her loved ones on October 6th, 2022.
Lucy was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Sixto Martinez. Brothers: Max, Benceslao, Benito, Juan Andres, Julio, and Arsenio Martinez. Sisters: Neopomocena, Tille Martinez, and Louisa Chacon, Godsons Juan Reyes and Louis Chacon, In-Laws Benceslao and Celia Martinez, Brothers-in-law: Willie, Horace, Frank, and Juan Albino Martinez. Sisters-in-law: Benina, and Teresa Trujillo. Nieces: Teresita Martinez, and Bernie Sanchez.
Lucy is survived by her daughter Marcella Ortega (Edward Lucier) and Beloved son Sixto Martinez of Medanales, NM. 3 grandchildren: Joseph (Lauren), Jesse (Sara), John (Maria), and Kathleen Ortega. Great-grandchildren: Martin, Anneliza, Estrella, Joseph, Lucianna, Neveah, Kalia, and Maribel Ortega. Sister-in-law: Maryann Saiz. Brother-in-law: Manuel Urioste of Texas.
Lucy had a bright special and loving personality. Always caring for her family and all of those who met her. Lucy was well-known by many friends at the Farmers Market in Santa Fe for her green chile, vegetables, and flowers. Lucy received an award for being a vendor for 40 years at the Farmers Market in Santa Fe. Lucy’s love for life spilled into her gardening, cooking, and sewing. Lucy enjoyed listening to Spanish music, going to church, eating out, and going to the casinos. Lucy had a strong faith and always prayed for everyone in need, and she also helped people by recommending herbal remedies. A special thanks to Ambercare for their compassionate care during this difficult time.
A Public Viewing will take place on October 26, 2022 at 5:30 PM, Rosary will follow at 6:00PM at DeVargas Funeral Home in The Sangre De Cristo Chapel in Espanola, NM. A Mass will be held on Thursday October 27, 2022 at 12:00 PM at the Sacred Heart Church in Espanola New Mexico. Burial to follow at 2:30 PM at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.
Serving as pallbearers are Joseph Ortega, Jesse Ortega John Ortega, Lucas Jaramillo, Esther Monnet, Elaine Pacheco, LeRoy Pacheco, David Martinez, Ruben Martinez, Clyde Martinez and Archie Martinez.
The family of Maria has entrusted the gentle care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory of the beautiful Espanola Valley. (505)747-7477 www.devargasfuneral.com
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