Dora D. Martinez
Dora Diaz Martinez, 91, of Austin, formerly of Uvalde, died on Nov. 20, 2019, in Austin after a brief illness.
The second oldest of a family of 10, she was born on June 28, 1928, to Hortencia Palos and Salome Diaz in Knippa. The family moved to Uvalde in 1934 where she and her siblings attended Sacred Heart School and Uvalde High School.
After graduating in 1947, she and her sister, Concepcion, worked at Dickies until she began work for Oscar Martinez at his finance business as head bookkeeper.
It was there that she met her future husband, Eligio “Lico” Martinez. They were married on Sept. 30, 1951, in Uvalde. In her later years, after retirement, she subsequently worked at Lacks, where she was fondly remembered as kind, calm and dependable.
She and her husband were parents to four children, George, Deborah, Monica and Carlos. These children joined a large number of aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents for family gatherings, visits, and celebrations.
Faith played a strong role in her life, and all her children were raised in the church and attended Sacred Heart School as she did.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, nephew, and four siblings.
She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Martinez, and Monica Slutes and husband, Paul, of Austin; two sons, George Martinez and wife, Cecilia, of Uvalde; three brothers, Salome Diaz Jr. and wife, Olga, and Tony Diaz and wife, Ruby, all of Fort Worth, and Bob Diaz and wife, Alicia, of McKinney; two sisters, Stella Ozuna and husband, Jesus, of Seguin, and Mary Helen Bates of Uvalde; seven grandchildren, Christopher Slutes and Tristen Slutes, both of Austin, Jason Martinez of La Vernia, Matthew Martinez of Uvalde, Amanda Martinez and Andrew Martinez, both of San Antonio, and Carlos Martinez and wife, Lisa, of New Braunfels; great-grandson, Andrew Martinez Jr.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews of Austin, San Antonio, Marion, McKinney, Fort Worth, Houston, Crystal City, San Marcos, Corpus Christi, Uvalde, and in the valley; and special family friend, Irene Rositas of Austin.
Pallbearers were Jason Martinez, Matthew Martinez, Andrew Martinez, Paul Slutes and Christopher Slutes. Honorary pallbearers were George Martinez, Carlos Martinez, Andrew Martinez Jr. and Tristen Slutes.
A rosary was recited on Sunday and Monday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass was held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with interment following at Uvalde Catholic Cemetery.