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Viola Martinez

d. January 13, 2021

VIOLA G. MARTINEZ, Loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister, & Tia passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at her home in Espanola on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the age of 89.  She was born on May 30, 1931 in Canjilon, New Mexico to Tobias and Arcelia Garcia.  She was called by our Heavenly Father to join and was welcomed into Paradise by her Husband Salvador Martinez, Sons Toby Martinez, Pancho Martinez, Bobby Serrano, Son-in-law Cassy Padilla and special Grandson “Baby” Sal Padilla.  Also preceded in death by her sisters Albertina Leyba, Adelina Mares, Ermelinda Chavez and Flora Velarde.

Survived by 10 Children: Genny Padilla, Margie Pineda, Larry Martinez, Cathy Martinez, Felix Martinez wife Anna, Amos Martinez wife Margie, Tony Martinez companion Jeannette, Kristy Martinez, Teddy Serrano wife Melinda, Raphael Martinez wife Teresa, Sibling: Her baby sister Severa Garcia.

13 Grandchildren: JR Padilla, Olivama Martinez, Vanessa Martinez, Antonio Tj Martinez, Amanda Martinez, Charity Valdez, Tamarah Martinez, Felicia Martinez, Alicia Martinez, Andrea Serrano, Ralph Martinez, Edward Martinez, and TJ Martinez.

17 Great-Grandchildren: Nathaniel, Carlos Rey, Kayla, Miranda, Salvador, Daniel, Leroy, Xavier “Gordo”, Elexia, Elecia, Elevia, Elenzo, Adryanna, Elijah, Heaven, William, and Mateo.

1 Great-Great Granddaughter Kalani. Her dog and greatest companion Chee-Cha.

Many Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and more friends than we can count.

Viola was a loving, strong, caring, Godly woman who loved to cook and garden.  She loved flowers, doing crafts, going to the casino and bingo, going to pick pinon, but most importantly, she loved her family.  She was a member of the Sociedad Senoras Unidas and probably everybody’s babysitter in Espanola at one point or another. She made the best tortillas, homemade bread, pastelitos, and pudding de Canjilon. Viola may have been small in stature but her strength, beautiful smile, and compassionate heart were bigger than life itself.  She was our Strength and our Heart and will forever be loved and missed.  We hope we make you proud.

Pallbearers: Leroy, Xavier, Antonio Tj, Nathaniel, Carlos Rey, Daniel, Elenzo, Luis Pineda

Honorary Pallbearers: Olivama, Vanessa, Kayla, Abel Velarde, Shorty Mares, Luis Aguilar, Arcelia and Chris Martinez, Raymond and Ramona Gonzales, Rick and Arcelia Costenza, Gaylene Garcia, Salvador Ontiveros, Junior Barela, Toby Chavez, Romolito Chavez, Pablito Herrera, and Andrew Gonzales.

Special thanks to Margie, Cathy, Larry, Tony, Olivama and Vanessa for taking such great care of MOM.

Also, special thanks to Dr. Levi Maes, Ambercare Hospice especially Erika and Collen, Pam and Phillip Barrios for the beautiful Urn and all the primos and primas and friends that called every day to check on mom.

Public visitation will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at DeVargas Funeral Home from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions a limit of 5 people per visitation with a limited time will be allowed. MASKS ARE REQUIRED.

A Rosary will be held on Friday, January 29, 2021 at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz @ 10:30 am with mass following @ 11:00 am. Due to Covid-19, a limit of 60 people will be allowed in the church. MASKS ARE MANDATORY.

Services will be streamed live on Facebook @Santacruz Espanola & YouTube @Santacruz Parish Espanola for those people unable to attend.

Burial services will take place immediately following mass in Chama, NM at the catholic cemetery.

The family of Viola G. Martinez has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home and Crematory of the Espanola Valley.

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