Mrs. Martinez, 76, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at her home.
Fr. Martin Cornejo O.F.M. will officiate at the services with burial at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Anthony Martinez, Guillermo Martinez, Alberto Martinez, Rick Martinez, MarcoMartinez, Hector DeHoyos, Jesse Armendariz, and Carlos Martinez.
Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary Thursday beginning at 10:00 a.m. A rosary will be at Our Lady of Grace Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Leonilda was born March 21, 1938, in Artesia, New Mexico; the daughter of Leonieres Chavez and Isabella (Gonzales) Chavez. She was a lifelong Artesia resident.
On Sept. 17, 1954, she was married to Gil Martinez in Carlsbad, N.M. They were married for 59 years.
Leonilda was a teacher at Head Start for over 25 years. She was also a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. With a family of eight, she loved spending time and taking care of them all.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Felipe G. Chavez.
Survivors include her husband Gil Martinez of the family home; sons Gil Martinez Jr. and wife Rosa Maria of Artesia, Estevan Martinez and wife Patricia of Artesia, Alberto Martinez and wife Sonia of Farmington, N.M., Ruben Martinez of Florida, Antonio Martinez and wife Josie of El Paso, Texas, and Carlos Martinez of Artesia; daughters Helen Berdoza of Roswell, N.M., and Linda DeHoyos and husband Hector of Artesia; 25 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Terpening & Son Mortuary. Please express condolences at artesiafunerals.com.