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Maria H. Urrabazo

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Maria H. Urrabazo Obituary
Urrabazo, Maria H.
87, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away on July 11, 2016, from natural causes. She was born in Cement, Oklahoma on November 26, 1928, to Pascual and Benita Urrabazo. She is survived by her children: Lt. Colonel/Dr. Anthony U. Martinez (Lupita), Gloria Brown (Benny), Rosa Martinez, Felix U. Martinez (Mary), Pastor Eve Nunez, Norma R. Martinez, Irene Martinez Diaz, and Sally A. Martinez. She is predeceased by her children John J., Janie, Jose and Luis Martinez. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Her siblings Tonia Daniel, Joe Urrabazo, Johnny Urrabazo and Gilbert Urrabazo also survive her. Up until the birth of her youngest child she had completed the fourth grade; however, she went on to earn her eighth grade and high school equivalency diplomas as well as a certificate in retail sales from the Maricopa Skill Center. This training certificate enabled her work at several retail venues including at Sky Harbor International Airport for approximately twenty years until she retired at the age of 73. Maria was the matriarch of a migrant farmworker family that began by working in the harvest fields in Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan, Montana and Arizona to where her children have successfully earned advanced degrees in Law, Engineering, Social Work and Education. Maria's Catholic faith kept her strong and she is now rejoicing in God's arms. She will be missed dearly and be remembered for her kindheartedness and loving personality. We love you mommy. Services will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Ave, Phoenix on Friday, July 15. The Viewing will begin at 2:00 pm and Funeral Mass at 3:30 pm. The Burial will be held at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery at 719 N. 27th Ave on Monday, July 18 at 9:00 am. Arrangements entrusted to Advantage Crystal Rose Funeral Home, Tolleson, AZ.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 15, 2016
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