Josephine Martinez (1950 - 2018)

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Josephine Martinez, 68, a resident of Las Vegas, N.M., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Albuquerque, N.M.
She was born on Feb. 3, 1950, in Las Vegas, N.M., to her parents Juan B. and Margaret Abeyta Martinez.
She was the owner of Pancho's Cafe. She loved to cook and serve the community, but most of all, she took great pleasure in managing her own business and she thrived at it for over 40 years.
Josephine was also an exceptional gardener and enjoyed planting fruits, vegetables, and flowers in her beautiful gardens. She was active in ranch work on her three generation family farm in Manuelitas, located in Sapello, N.M.
She was an active member in the community, including political activities and some charitable work. Back in the late '80s, Josephine was on the Governor's Business Advisory Council during Gov. Carruthers term, and a member of the National Association of Professional Women. But most of all she was a loving, caring, "tell it like it is" woman, and she stood firmly in her beliefs.
She was a hardworking, successful, business owner and considered an iconic figure in Las Vegas.
Josephine loved her hometown of Las Vegas, and everything about New Mexico. She will be deeply missed by her children, family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Juan B. and Margaret Martinez; nephew Tobias Martinez; aunt Margaret Martinez; niece Chantel Martinez; nephew Paul Silva; and son Johnny Martinez.
She is survived by her partner, James W. Chadburn of Las Vegas, N.M.; sons Gene F. Martinez, Anthony J. Martinez (Darlene) of Las Vegas, N.M. and Jonathan P. Martinez of Albuquerque, N.M.; daughter Melissa V. Martinez of Denver, Colo.; granddaughters Jennifer Gutierrez, Aliyah Martinez and Kayla Rae Eteeyan, all of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandsons Leo Montoya, Fabian Montoya and Diego Montoya of Las Vegas, N.M.; brother Robert Martinez (Helen) of Longmont, Colo.; sister Mary Ann Duanes (Carlos) of Las Vegas, N.M.; nephew Robert Martinez Jr., (Lorie) of Longmont, Colo.; niece Andrea Martinez-Wilson (Mike "Willie") of Mead, Colo.; nieces Rosalie Silva (Dennis), Margaret Silva of Las Vegas, N.M.; nephew Tyson Martinez of Rockwell, Texas; niece Amanda Martinez; nephew Darien Brown of Longmont, Colo.; nephew Ezekiel Martinez-Wilson; niece Delaney Martinez-Wilson of Mead, Colo.; niece Jaedyn Martinez of Longmont, Colo.; nephew Dennis Silva; niece Selena Silva; nephew David Silva; niece Olivia Silva; and nephew John Silva, all of Las Vegas, N.M.; first cousins Jerry Martinez, Leroy Martinez, Sammy Martinez, Rosie Martinez, Virginia Martinez, Lori Martinez, and Jon Martinez, all of Cheyenne, Wyoming; numerous cousins from the Cheyenne, Wyoming area, and many friends.
Rosary devotional will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, 9 a.m., with both services to be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Las Vegas, N.M., with Father George V. Salazar as Celebrant.
Serving as Casket Bearers will be Jesse Archuleta, Brian Archuleta, Eric Martinez, Gerald Chavez, John Silva, Robert "Bobby" Martinez Jr., Dan Jaramillo and Matthew Martinez.
Serving as Honorary Bearers will be all of her nieces, nephews, cousins, and Margaret Silva.
Cremation will take place after the services and burial of cremains at a later date at Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery in Sapello, N.M.
Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary, 600 Reynolds Avenue Las Vegas, N.M.
1-800-479-3511 or (5050425-3511. Please visit to sign the online register book.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Sept. 5, 2018