In the early morning hours of Saturday, May 25, 2013, our dearly loved Mother, â€˜Moâ€™, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister, Juana H. Martinez (Juanita), left her earthly home to join her Savior, Jesus Christ, her beloved husband and family members who preceded her to her Heavenly home.
Juanita was born in Valentine, Texas on May 16, 1919 to Timoteo Hernandez and Sira Gonzales Hernandez. She was the first born of five children. As a young woman Juanita worked to help her family, and at the age of 18, Juanita met the love of her life, Marcelino Martinez.
On November 22, 1937, Juanita and Marcelino married and four daughters were born to this marriage. Juanita and Marcelino celebrated sixty-four beautiful years of marriage before his death on April 14, 2001.
Juanitaâ€™s 94 years were filled with love of church, family and friends. She was a life-long member of Our Lady of San Juan Catholic Church and an active member of the Guadalupanas organization. She was an excellent quilter, a great cook, and loved working in her yard.
Our family is left with warmhearted memories of Mom/Grandma cooking special dishes for us and wonderful stories of her life.
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, one brother, her beloved husband, one grandson, and one son-in-law.
Left to cherish her memory are her four daughters, Nellie Zuniga of Anaheim, CA, Tillie Trevino of Balch Springs, TX, Cira Paz and her husband Luis, and Rita Perez of Odessa, TX; 15 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 33 great-great-grandchildren; her brother, Secundino “Ninoâ€ Hernandez of Cerritos, CA; and many, many godchildren.
A rosary was recited on Tuesday, May 28 at Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home in the chapel.
Funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday, May 29. at Our Lady of San Juan Catholic Church, 905 Edgeport Drive, Odessa, TX (North Ranchito), with Rev. Mark Woodruff officiating. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Vincent Hernandez, Sammy Paz, Brandon Perez, Efrain Hernandez, Samuel Luis “Bubbaâ€ Paz, Steven Paz and Luis Paz.
Our family would like to extend a grateful and heartfelt “Thank Youâ€ to the Secure Unit nurses and staff of Sienna Nursing and Rehabilitation and to Star Hospice for the excellent care they provided.