A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church for Ramon Barela Martinez, 63, who passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center surrounded by his family. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, also at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with Father Charlie Martinez officiating.
Ramon was born Aug. 30, 1949, in Hatch, to Alberto and Anastacia B. Martinez. His father preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his son Christopher Martinez.
Ramon is survived by his wife Theresa Ortega Martinez of the family home in Roswell; his mother Anastacia Martinez, of Hatch; sons Ramon Martinez Jr. and wife Christina, of Alamogordo, and Jose Martinez, of Roswell; daughters Amy Martinez, of Roswell and Maria Velasquez and husband Felix, of Roswell and grandchildren Trey Martinez, Jonah Kennon/Martinez, Camron Martinez, Nicholas Martinez, Luke and Samson Velasquez.
Ramon is also survived by three brothers, Albert B. Martinez Jr., Lazaro B. Martinez and Alfredo B. Martinez also five sisters Mary Alvarez, Monica Martinez, Anastacia Vallejos, Irene Diaz, Virginia Jimenez. Ramon was preceded in death by his grandparents, a brother Carlos Martinez also by two nephews Albert Martinez and Lalo Jimenez Jr. and niece Kathy Martinez.
Ramon lived in Roswell since 1978 coming from Hatch. He was of the Catholic faith. Ramon was also as past member of The American Legion. He really enjoyed restoring antique furniture and working with his hands on whatever he could find.
Those serving as honorary pallbearers are Lazaro Martinez, Alberto Martinez, Alfredo Martinez, Eloy Ortega, Fred Ortega, Danny Ortega, Ernie Ortega, Robert Ortega and Andy Ortega.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.
Bruises and Hurts
The sun warmed me this morning and it relieved some pain. My thoughts brought me back to Ramon. He was the sun who warmed our hands and heart. He hugged us and told us he loved us every time he left the house. His smiling eyes and lips took the bruises and hurts from our life, although his are showing as he lay there on the white horse that took him to his creator.
He couldn’t see or feel them with the killer that robbed him of pain. The torture and hatful monster has robbed him of the teasing and humor that gave everyone a smile of being loved. He won’t give anyone any new names, mine was Girly, Boy and Stinky will miss being called too. The names will be said no more by the loving lips that melted our hearts. I will only hold the treasures of gold and diamonds with sadness. The hurts of tongue we tossed each other forgiven with a kiss in the end.
The one man audience as the paint was slapped on will no longer feel like a crowd of onlookers. The fun and excitement will not revive the love I lost with a new day. The hopes and dreams ending as we walked and ran this most generous road by a face of torture of bruises and hurts.
The bruises and hurts are reminders of those that our Savior received even though he was perfect. Although, as he robes us from each other to feel pain and hurt no longer, we expect the promise. He has won your heart and soul for we belong to him who gave us life and death and everything in between. He has prepared us for this empty moment even though we have no idea what the other world is like.
We will miss the humorous loving times. Fortunately, the bruises and hurts you held in your body and heart has been eliminated. Your Savior just had to have you in his arms. Your life was special and everyone cared and loved you as you were. No one could be Ramon, but you! Don’t cry!