Rafaelita E. Martinez, age 96, a resident of Abiquiu passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. She is preceded in death by her husband, Simon Martinez, Jr.; Sons: Father Vidal, Juan and Rafael Martinez; Daughters: Juanita Gallegos and Marcella Gonzales; Parents: Vicentita and Benjamin Archuleta; Sister: Elizaida Maestas and Brothers: Pacomio and Vicente Archuleta. Rafaelita is survived by her children, Simon Martinez III of Arizona, Ben Martinez and wife Dolores of Texas, Mike Martinez of Farmington, Melinda Mondragon, Elizaida Martinez, Vicentita Rivera and husband Robert and Agapita Martinez all of Abiquiu; Sister-in-law: Cordy Martinez of Española; Nephew’s & Niece: Gerald Archuleta of Abiquiu, Tita Maestas of Albuquerque, and Leroy Maestas and wife Frances of Abiquiu; 21 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren, and 21 godchildren.
Public visitation will begin on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 5:00pm in the Chapel of Peace of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory with a rosary to be recited at 6:00pm p.m. Second rosary to take place at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Abiquiu on January 21, 2022 at 5:00 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 10:00 am at St. Thomas Apostle Church in Abiquiu. Burial to follow at Abiquiu Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Conrad Cordova, Sean Martinez, Castillo Cordova, Richard Mondragon, Benjie Martinez, Orlando Lopez and Paul Rivera. Honorary pallbearers are the remainder of her grandchildren.
The family of Rafaelita E. Martinez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477 www.devargasfuneral.com