Martha Torrez Chavez, 79, passed to eternal life on Nov. 16, 2010, at her home surrounded by her loved ones. A rosary and Mass for the repose of Marthaâ€™s soul will be prayed at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at St. Peter Catholic Church with the Rev. Charlie Martinez, O.F.M., officiating.
Martha was born Sept. 18, 1931, in Dexter, to Plajerez and Antonio Torres. She married Isidro PeÃ±a Chavez on Sept. 11, 1946, in Carrizozo.
They raised five children, Elvira Brazfield, and husband, Tony, Isidro PeÃ±a Chavez Jr., and wife, Flora, Frank Chavez, and wife, Patti, Elisa Alexander, and husband, Bruce, and Orlando Chavez. She is survived by her children; her brothers, Candelario Torres, and wife, Ramona, Rafael Torrez, and wife, Esperanza; and her sisters, Dora Mendoza, Isabel Tavarez, and husband, Dan, and Orlidia Vincent, and her husband, Art; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Isidro; her parents; and sisters, Rufina Herrera and Emma Brijalba. Isidro and Martha enjoyed traveling.
They took many trips with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Together they toured much of this country and enjoyed going on cruises. Martha retired from the Roswell Independent School District after 26 years of service.
For the past 15 years â€œMiss Marthaâ€ also cared for many children, who brought her great joy as she provided childcare for them. She was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church since 1953, and served as an Extraordinary minister of communion there for 10 years.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Hospital, 306 San Pablo St. SE Ste. A, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome. com.