Nancy Jean Martinez
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Age 86, of Riverside, California, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2021 at Citrus Place from complications of COVID-19. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Benjamin Martinez, 84, and her brother, Thomas Hembree, 26. She is survived by her two sons, Steven and Kenneth Martinez, and her two daughters, Jennifer Bullard and Jamie McNeil. She was the loving grandmother of eight grandchildren, Jayme, Cara, Meghann, Kenny, Ryan, Brandon, Mesha and Valerie and three step-grandchildren, Heather, Jennifer, and Robert, and great-grandmother to Samantha, Olivia, Aubrey and Adele. Nancy was born February 2, 1934 in Culver City, California, to Dorothy Jean and J.D. Hembree and moved to Riverside when she was 15 years old and was a long-time resident of Riverside. She graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1952, and married Ben in 1954. Nancy graduated from Riverside City College as a registered nurse and worked in kidney dialysis, and then moved to work the majority of her career at the Riverside Medical Clinic as the nurse to doctors in dermatology and OB/GYN. She became the OB/GYN nurse supervisor, and moved to the administrative assistant to the RMC vice president and then to the RMC liaison to Riverside Community Hospital. After retirement in 1995, Nancy and Ben moved to The Colony community in Murrieta, CA, where she enjoyed painting, traveling, gambling, playing bridge with many close friends, and vacationing yearly at Lake Tahoe. In 2018, they moved back to Riverside to Welbrook Assisted Living, now Citrus Place, where Ben passed a year later. Nancy moved to The Connections for Living unit after developing symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to The Alzheimer's Association at act.alz.org/donate. In light of the COVID pandemic, services will be held as a virtual Celebration of Life via Zoom with private interment to be held when it is safe for public gathering. For those who are interested in joining the family in the virtual Celebration of Life, which will be determined later, please email Meghann Adams at madams8379@gmail.com and she will send out the Zoom link with the date and simple directions on how to join on any computer, tablet, or smart phone.


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Published in The Press-Enterprise on Jan. 11, 2021.
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