A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel for Cruz Martinez, 86, who passed away on Dec. 26, 2010, at Casa Maria Health Care Center. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at St. Peter Catholic Church. Fr. Charlie Martinez of St. Peter Catholic Church will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery.
Cruz was born May 3, 1924, in Pueblito De Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Jesus Jose and Santiaga Sosa Escobar. Her parents preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her son, Isaias Martinez, and her grandson, Juvenal Martinez. She is survived by her son, Alfredo Martinez, of Roswell; daughters: Elvira Simon and husband, Charles, of Roswell, and Bertha Reyes and husband, Daniel, of Roswell; brother: Jesus Escobar of Mexico; sister: Josefina Escobar Herrera, of Mexico; and grandchildren: Raquel, Lilia, Paulina Martinez, Mayra Reyes and fiancÃ©, Shane Duran, Danny Joe Reyes and fiancÃ©, Ashley Dale.
Cruz has lived in Roswell since 1972. She was of the Catholic faith and was a member of St. John Catholic Church. Cruz was an outstanding homemaker. She enjoyed embroidering and was a great cook and gardener. She had a strong faith and healing touch with her homemade remedies. Pallbearers will be Albert Silva, Shane Duran, Danny Joe Reyes, Alfredo Martinez, Charles Simon and Daniel Reyes.
The family would like to give special thanks to Casa Maria staff for their tender loving care to the very last moments of her life, to Jessica Romero for going beyond the extended love and care and also ENMMC for providing excellent medical care. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballard funeralhome.com.