DOWNEY - Downey resident Maria S. Martinez, a wife, mother and grandmother who belonged to Calvary Chapel of Downey, passed away Oct. 3 at age 74.A homemaker, she was an active church volunteer for the Spanish Ministry and, for a time, was a Sunday school teacher before she retired along with her husband. She was born Nov. 2, 1938 in Mexico, the second eldest of nine children. She married Felipe Martinez in 1964 in Mexico City. They had just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary this past September. Maria resided in Downey for nearly 40 years and enjoyed traveling back and forth between Downey and her second home in Mexico. She is survived by her husband, Felipe Martinez; sons, Frank, Phillip and Alex; daughters, Esther and Cindy Martinez; and grandchildren, Stirling, Jared, Naomi, Noah, Isabella and Violet. Funeral services were held last Thursday, Oct. 10, at Rose Hills. A celebration of life reception was held at Calvary Chapel of Downey.
********** Published: Oct. 17, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 27