Maria Tomasa Victorina Garcia Martinez
Maria was born on March 29, 1916, in Talpa, Colorado. She was the second youngest of 13 children born to Catedra and Manuelita (Martinez) Garcia. She was raised knowing hard work, discipline and deep spiritual values.
Family and friends called her Mom, Tia, Grandma, Vickie and Amiga. She was always generous.
This feisty five-foot-one bundle of energy and joy was a light to family and to those she met. Her long life was reflected in her love of others, her home was home to many over the years and filled with hospitality. Her life was one of continual prayer. The song, "One in Million" would be an apropos description.
She retired from Pacific Northwest Bell and loved travel, gardening and her faith along with her very large family. She married Abel Martinez in 1935. He predeceased her in 1982. Maria is survived by eight loving children: Anthony, Buddy, Melvin, Cris Waldron, Bernadette Sinner, David, Greg and Roberta Martinez. She had 31 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.Recitation of the Holy Rosary followed by the Mass of Christian Burial was held February 28 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Scappoose. Interment was at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Hustad Funeral Home, 503-286-9663.