Maria Elena Martinez LUBBOCK- Maria Elena Martinez, 73 of Lubbock, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 12, 2013. A rosary for Maria will be held at Guajardo Funeral Chapels Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. Services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 10 a.m. with Father Andres Mendoza officiating. Burial will be at Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park under the direction of Guajardo Funeral Chapels. Maria (Lena) was born in San Marcos, Texas on July 28, 1939. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luis Martinez Jr.; mother, Sofia Castelleja; sister, Lupe Chavarria; brothers, David, Eduardo (Lalo), and Raul Martinez. She worked for 22 years at Pedro's Tamales and was known to everyone as Mom. She loved dancing and listening to norte o music, bowling, Nintendo Wii game system, playing the lottery, playing the slots at the casino in Hobbs, and playing bingo. Those left to cherish her memory are her five children, Jose Luis Martinez (Yolanda), Frances Martinez Hernandez (Juan M.), Alicia Parra (Juan P.), Rosalinda Garcia (Freddy), and Enedina Martinez (Juan F.); sister, Elida Martinez; her brothers, Jose Martinez and Rodolfo Martinez;12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Jan. 16, 2013