Elvira Martinez, 80, of Azusa passed away Saturday April 26, 2014. Elvira was born in El Paso, Texas on April 1, 1934 to her parents Conception Torres and Felipe Rodriguez. She moved to California in 1943 where she grew up in San Gabriel Valley. She graduated from Mark Keppel High School. She met her sweetheart John R. Martinez (Rick) and happily married in 1953. She followed her husband who was drafted with the United States Army and moved to Tacoma, Washington for 2 years. They returned to Azusa, California (The Canyon City) in 1955 and have been residents for 59 years. She raised their 4 children. She opened her home and nurtured twenty plus people, in which she upheld a close relationship with.
Elvira was a devout Catholic and loyal parishioner of Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church in Irwindale for over 30 years. She volunteered thousands of hours serving God through the church. She taught religious education classes for 5 years, which gave her great joy to spread God's Word with the children. Elvira served many masses, Eucharistic ministries, and numerous church events, just to name a few. When it came to helping others she did not know the word "No".
She is survived by her husband John R. Martinez, sons, John R. Jr., and Frank R. Martinez; daughters, Sylvia J. Torres and Mary Helen Rivera and twelve grandchildren, Venessa, Marcus, Richard, Elena, Jennifer, Michael, Jason, Melanie, Alicia, Angel, Johnnie Jr., Jay and nine great- grandchildren, Erique, Alexander, Ellycka, Christopher, Angelina, Emma, Mikey, Mia, Cora, brothers Buster Ford, Pedro Martell and Sister Ramona Castro.
She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. We loved her so much and she will be missed deeply by us all.
Viewing will be Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at White's Funeral Home, 404 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa. Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 2, at 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 16025 E. Cypress St. Irwindale, CA 91706.
Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Apr. 30, 2014