Juanita Stella Read Martinez passed on March 7, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends at the time of her last breath. She is now resting in peace.
Juanita was born Nov. 30, 1954, in Durango, Colo., to Thomas and Rose Martinez Read.
She spent her childhood in Pagosa Springs, and graduated from Pagosa Springs High School. She attended cosmetic school in Cortez, Colo. She enjoyed her career for many years. She was a caregiver for the elderly. Juanita’s last employment was for Mastercorp as a cleaning supervisor where she was nicknamed “Detail Queen.”
Juanita married Tommy Martinez on Nov. 22, 1980, in Pagosa Springs. This union was blessed with a son, Tommy Joe Martinez.
They lived in Mancos, Colo., for 12 years and resided in Pagosa Springs since 1993.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Rosa Martinez Read, of Pagosa Springs; and two stepchildren, Dino and Nicole Martinez.
Juanita is survived by her husband, Tommy Martinez, and son, Tommy (TJ) and his girlfriend, Crystal Young, and granddaughter Monique Martinez, of Pagosa Springs.
Juanita is also survived by seven sisters and two brothers: Virginia Schmidt, of Farmington, N.M.; Vita and Charlie Carrillo, of San Luis; Lea Vigil, of Murray, Utah; Nancy Jones, of Salt Lake City; Mary Rushing, of Pagosa Springs; Patty Read, of Farmington; Catalina and Terry Liles, of Farmington; Antonio Read, from Pueblo; and Federico (Bud) Read of Pagosa Springs.
She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Betty Read; two aunts: Pilar Martinez, of Pagosa Springs; and Josie Herrera, of Price, Utah; numerous nieces and nephews; her extended family and many friends.
Juanita is survived by her stepsons: Michael Martinez, his wife, Deidre, and his children, Johnathon, David and Kelly, of Arizona; Russell Martinez and his children, Mallory Godbold, Triston and Spencer Martinez, of Durango; Dino’s children: Amber and Ashley Martinez; and Nicole’s children: Thomas and Christopher Martinez.