Vanessa Jessica Martinez, 30, a resident of Santa Fe lost her battle to cancer on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
She was born in Lamy, NM on Feb. 27, 1983.
She is preceded in death by her baby sister, Jasmine Martinez, and grandparents, Victor and Antonia Saldana.
Vanessa is survived by her companion, Josh Racicot; daughter, Serenity Racicot; father, Victor "Vic" Martinez; stepmother, Rita Gonzales-Martinez, and sisters, Denise Ortiz Patron from Las Vegas and Amanda Li Martinez from Santa Fe; niece, Denekqwa Patron, also survived by Josh's parents, Tim and Lorraine Racicot and family.
Vanessa was a 2001 graduate from Santa Fe High School. She was employed with the NMDOT for 5 years in which she worked with the Records Unit. Vanessa and Josh moved to Laughlin, Nev. in 2007 and lived there for 5 years. Vanessa enjoyed baking, swimming, music and quiet days relaxing watching movies with Josh, Serenity and her cat "Shadow." She also enjoyed hanging out at the softball fields watching her dad play softball. Vanessa will be greatly missed by all who knew her and whose hearts she touched.
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Rosary and funeral Mass will be held on Thursday in Santa Fe, New Mexico at San Isidro Catholic Community Center, 3552 Agua Fria St. Rosary will begin at 11 a.m., with the funeral mass to follow at noon.
Funeral arrangements for Vanessa have been entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home, 801 Douglas Avenue in Las Vegas; 425-6551.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Dec. 11, 2013