Maria Martinez

Our beloved, Marie Guadalupe "Lupita" Martinez, born February 8, 1961 of Del Rio, Texas, has gone to be with our Lord May 26, 2013.

Maria was a loving wife, mother, and sister. Just as important, she was a friend to all she encountered and her positive outlook on life elevated everyone's happiness. Receiving a Master's Degree in Education, she shared her love and passion for teaching students for over 20 years. This passion culminated with the San Antonio Independent School District-Special Education Department, where she helped young students identify their disabilities and work toward ensuring they had the proper support systems in place for future success. Her love for her family was unwavering and her heart was always filled with joy and happiness.

Lupita is preceded in death by her parents Indalecio and Julia Perez, brother George Perez, sister Julietta Perez and son Joe Robert Perez.

She is survived by her husband Jesus S. Mireles, two sons Cipriano Martinez and Joe Adam Martinez; four brothers Indalecio Perez (Guadalupe), Enrique Perez (Maricela), Domingo Perez (Maria), Cecilio Perez (Conchi); two sisters, Argentina Flores (Matias) and Luz Elva Perez; 15 nieces and nephews and 7 grandchildren.

Services will be held at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Church, 1715 North Zarzamora, San Antonio, Texas, on June 10, 2013 at 9 am, with burial following at Holy Cross Cemetery, 17501 Nacogdoches, San Antonio, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the (

Published in Express-News on June 6, 2013