Corina Martinez Valdez died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at her home in Pagosa Springs. She was 87.
Corina was born to Lucas and Maria Martinez on March 6, 1925, in Trujillo, Colo. Corina lived her entire life in Trujillo and Pagosa Springs.
On April 6, 1942, Corina married Porfirio Martinez. They had nine children.
Corina was preceded in death by her husband Porfirio Martinez and daughter Lucille Lynch. She is survived by her daughters Mary Martinez (Leo) of Murray, Utah, Rafelita Nordby of Thornton, Colo., Patricia Martinez-Lopez of Bloomfield, N.M., and Annette Candelaria (Leonard) of Tucson, Ariz., and by her sons, Sevedeo Martinez (Mary Ann), Leo Martinez (Jennie), Lucas Martinez and Frank Martinez (Lorraine) of Pagosa Springs, and 25 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Corina is preceded in death by brothers Manuel and Rupert Martinez and by sisters Juanita Salazar and Clara Martinez. She is survived by her brothers Andy Martinez (Eva), Moses Martinez (Clara), Wilfred Martinez (Maryann), Lucas Martinez and by a sister, Dolores Perez (Tomas), and numerous nieces and nephews.
In 1990, Corina married Joe A. Valdez, also a lifetime resident of Pagosa Springs. He preceded her in death. Corina is survived by stepchildren Gilbert Valdez (Diane), Richard Valdez (Carol), Kathy Stanfill and Evelyn Valdez, and their children and grandchildren.
Corina, Porfirio and their family moved from Trujillo to Pagosa Springs in the early ’60s. Corina was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She spent her life being of service to all who knew her. She devoted her life to her family and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. She enjoyed sewing, painting, cooking, writing and genealogy. From 1985 to 1990, Corina wrote an article entitled “Cultura Y Tradicion” for The Pagosa Springs SUN. On Oct. 20, 1983, The SUN printed a one-page article detailing Corina’s memory of her life in Trujillo.
It was very important to Corina that her culture and its traditions be preserved and known to her children and grandchildren. She wanted them to know where they came from and the lives and legacies that made them who they are.
When not working as a cook at local restaurants and the school cafeteria, Corina volunteered throughout the community. She loved to sing and adored Our Lady of Guadalupe. For over 30 years her painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been proudly displayed on her house on 8th Street for all to see. Her painting of the Catholic Church in Trujillo proudly hung in her living room as a constant reminder of her family’s roots and her devotion to God.
Corina’s devotion to God carried her through her sons’ military service in Vietnam and Korea and through her daughter Lucille’s battle with cancer. Corina would say, “I am never alone. God is always with me.” Corina will be remembered as a mother whose love was unconditional and her faith unending.
Rosary was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Funeral Mass was at Pope John Paul II Catholic Church. Corina was laid to rest in Trujillo on Aug. 17, 2012.