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Stella U Martinez

January 25, 1925 — January 3, 2015

Estella U. Martinez, age 89, passed away peacefully with her husband Joe by her side on January 3, at the Guadalupe County Hospital in Santa Rosa. Stella was born on January 25, 1925 in Colonias, NM to the home of Federico and Maria Modesta (Olivas) Ulibarri. She was reared and attended schools in Colonias and Santa Rosa. She Married Jose Alcario Martinez on June 10, 1959 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Santa Rosa. Stella worked as a waitress in several restaurants and also as a receptionist for an Optometrist until she retired in 2005. She and her husband Joe were faithful members of St. Rose of Lima Parish where they both served on the Choir and Eucharistic Ministers for the shut ins, she was a member of the St. Anne’s Sodality, St. Rose Altar Society, Sisters of St. Joseph Associate and Las Hijas de Maria as well as being involved in the Cursillo Movement. She enjoyed attending Bible Classes with the Sisters of St. Joseph, cooking, making tamales and empanadas during the holidays, baking homemade bread and was very popular for her casseroles. She is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Isabel Ulibarri, Mela (Ulibarri) Bonney, her brothers Ramon Ulibarri and Jose C. Ulibarri. Survivors include her devoted husband Jose A. Martinez of Santa Rosa, her sister Maria Magdalena Romero of Albuquerque and her brother Frank Eloy Ulibarri and wife Viola of Albuquerque. Rosary services will be held on Tuesday, January 6, at 10:00 AM from St. Rose of Lima Church. Mass of Christian Burial will follow the rosary with Father Sotero A. Sena officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be Paul Griego, Javier Urban, Patrick Martinez, Gilbert Ulibarri, Tony Ulibarri, Phillip Romero, Kurt Flores, Gilbert Campos, Juliana Ortiz and Annalisa Ortiz. All services for Mrs. Martinez have been entrusted to the Chavez Funeral Home of Santa Rosa. To place an online condolence please visit our website at www.chavezfuneralhome.com
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