Valeria Martinez, 86, of Newton, died Sunday (Nov. 4, 2012) at Asbury Park in Newton.
She was born on May 12, 1926, in Leadville, Colo., the daughter of Higinio and Amelia Sanchez Garcia. Valeria married Ramon A. Martinez on March 23, 1946, in Liberal.
She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, was past president of the Altar Society and a member of the Daughters of Isabella No. 465. For many years Valeria enjoyed cooking and serving many of the Altar Society functions.
Valeria had worked at the Newton Presbyterian Manor for 22 years, where she retired from the food service department as a supervisor. She received the President’s Volunteer Award in 2004. She was a member of the Wichita District Dietetic Association. While serving as committee woman for the Harvey County Democrats, she entertained then Gov. Robert Docking in her home. Valeria volunteered for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and she was a Den Mother for Boy Scout Troop No. 143.
Survivors include her sons, Roderick Martinez of LaPuente, Calif., Robert Martinez and companion, Lynn of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Richard Martinez of Rio Rancho, N.M., and Michael Martinez and wife, Lynnette of Newton; her daughter, Christina Trujillo and husband, David of Newton; brother, Jim Garcia of Liberal, Fred Garcia of Houston, Texas, and Arthur Garcia of Woodbury, N.J.; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Valeria was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ramon on Sept. 27, 1990; daughter, Mona Louise Martinez in 1965; brothers, John and Greg Garcia; and great-grandson, Joe Conteras.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 8, 2012) at the Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday (Nov. 9, 2012) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Newton. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Newton.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
A memorial has been established with Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the Diabetes Association of Kansas. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.
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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.