Christine M. Martinez, 92, passed away Dec. 27, 2013. She was born in Las Vegas, N.M. and was a resident of Henderson, Nev. for more than 50 years.
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Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Herman S. Martinez; her parents, Eloisa C. de Baca Gallegos and Eduardo Gallegos; brother, Lalo Ed Gallegos; sister, Herlinda Gallegos Chavez and her grandson, Robert Vincent Martinez.
Left to carry on her memory are sons Herman A. Martinez (Sylvia), of Las Vegas, Nev., James L. Martinez (Frances), of Henderson, Nev., John DePaul Martinez (Cass), of Albany, Ore.; and Carl Lee Martinez of Henderson, Nev., and daughter, Eloise Neumiller (Mike), of Henderson, Nev.; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Christine came from a long and prominent New Mexico family. Her grandfather, Manuel C. de Baca, was a very prominent attorney in Las Vegas. Additionally, her great uncle, Ezequiel C. de Baca, was the first Hispano elected for office as Lieutenant Governor in New Mexico's first election. His term as Lieutenant Governor was followed by his election as the second elected Governor of New Mexico.
Visitation will be Thursday at Palm Mortuary, 800 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nev. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be Friday at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 204 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nev. at 10 a.m. with burial to follow at 11:30 a.m. at Palm Henderson Cemetery at 800 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nev.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Jan. 1, 2014