Our beloved mother and grandmother Raquel (Rachel) Martinez passed away peacefully on Monday, May 6, 2013, at Eden Valley Center in Soledad. Raquel was born August 12, 1922, in Michoacan, Mexico.
She immigrated to the United States in April 1970 and fell in love with the small town warmth and charm of King City, which reminded her of her small hometown in Mexico and she never left.
Raquel was employed by Basic Vegetable Products for more than 20 years where her dedication, kindness and warm heart touched many of her co-workers. At Basic Vegetable, she developed life-long friendships that brought joy, appreciation and support to her throughout the years and especially during her long-term illness.
Raquel was dedicated to her work, she loved to travel to Mexico and spend time visiting relatives and sharing her generosity with those less fortunate; she took pride in growing beautiful African violets which she shared with friends, and she quietly volunteered for many years behind the scenes without asking for recognition at St. John's Catholic Church in King City.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her family especially with her grandchildren, Brandon and Jennifer. She was so proud, blessed and thankful to have lived in the United States and one of her proudest accomplishments was to have been sworn as a US Citizen in 2008.
She was preceded in death by her spouse, our father and grandfather, Leopoldo Martinez, who passed away in 1987.
Raquel is survived by her only child, Star (Estrella) Martinez-Howard; her grandchildren, Brandon Day of Dallas, TX and Jennifer Day of Salinas; her son-in-law, Mark Haddan of Salinas and former son-in-law, Craig Day of Greenfield; her two sisters, Maria Luz Blum and Carmen Martinez of Ft. Lee, NJ; her three brothers, John and Cipriano Martinez of Los Angeles and Vicente Martinez of Mexico City; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her friend and dedicated caregiver, Elida (Gloria) Contreras.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Raymond Carrillo and his staff, Eden Valley Center and their dedicated staff, VNA and SVMH for the care they provided to our mother over many years.
A Rosary will be held Thursday May 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., at Whitehurst Grim Funeral Service in King City and a Memorial Mass will be held Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., at St. John's Catholic Church in King City.
The family asks that donations be made to Legal Services for Seniors who advocate for seniors like our beloved Raquel in our community.