Micaela P. Martinez
May 8, 1919 – May 27, 2018
Micaela Evangelina P. Martinez was born in Uvalde on May 8, 1919, and at the age of 99 years passed away quietly on May 27, 2018, in Solana Beach, California.
Micaela Martinez was affectionately called Mickey by all who knew her. She grew up in Uvalde, a daughter of one of the “old families” with deep roots the county. She graduated from Uvalde High School in 1939 and was a classmate of Gov. Dolph Briscoe. She loved to attend her class reunions and may be the longest lived member of her class.
After high school, she attended Durham Business College in San Antonio and then went to work. Shortly after that, the country was at war and she met a handsome young soldier, Joe A. Martinez II, from Denver, Colorado. They were married and Mickey had a baby boy. “Little Joe” was about a year old when he lost his dad. Joe A. Martinez II made the ultimate sacrifice for his country on the beaches of Normandy, where he is buried. Mickey was a war bride and a war widow in quick succession.
After the war, as a single mom, she went to work in Chicago, first in the business office at Evans, a distinguished retail furrier, and later at the Harris Bank from which she retired. One of her favorite places in Chicago was the National Shrine of St. Jude. She was happy to take anyone from Uvalde who visited her to the shrine first and then showed them the city.
Once she retired, she came back home to Texas. She had time to enjoy her two life-long interests: reading and gardening. She lived in Fort Worth with her son Joe for several years, then returned to Uvalde. She was beloved by her nieces and nephews. She delighted in traveling with them to all of the family events, joined in all of their holiday get-togethers, and went on vacations with the girls.
During the fundraising campaign for the El Progreso Memorial Library, her son Joe and all the Perez nephews and nieces funded the purchase of the Science Collection for the library in her name and that of her brother and his wife, Manuel P. and Sara O. Perez. She could not have been more pleased to contribute to the learning of future generations.
Her last year was spent with her son in Solana Beach, California; she looked forward to and enjoyed their frequent evening walks at the beach. She passed away from natural causes and according to her wishes, she was cremated. She will be greatly missed by everyone in her family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Rito Perez; her mother, Andrea P. Perez; her younger sister, Magdalena Perez; her husband, Joe A. Martinez II; and her younger brother Manuel P. Perez.
She is survived by her only son, Joe A. Martinez III; her grandsons, Michael A. Martinez, spouse Monica and great-granddaughters Brianna and Kristen Martinez; and Mark A. Martinez, spouse Jennifer and great-grandson Brandon. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Sara O. Perez and her many nieces and nephews and their families. They are 1) Elvia Perez, spouse Ed Garza, and their children: Raquel Garza and Dan Garza; 2) Luis Heraldo Perez, spouse Miyuki and daughter Lena Perez; 3) Sonia Galvan, spouse Eugene and their children: David Galvan, Marisa Galvan Alger, spouse Dr. Jordy Alger and children Leon and Bea; Chrissy Galvan, and Jacqueline Galvan Hamill, spouse Joe Hamill; 4) Javier F. Perez, spouse Sonia and their children: Javi Perez, spouse Stephanie, Laura Perez, and Lisa Perez Calderon and spouse Lazaro; 5) Jose Manuel Perez, spouse Norma and their children: Adrian Perez and Victoria Perez; 6) Celina Perez; 7) Joel Perez, spouse Yolanda and their children: JP Perez, spouse Teresa and their children: JC, Mia, and Karina; Ricardo Perez and sons Ricky and Champ; and Monica Perez; 8) Judy Perez Solis, spouse EJ and their children: Alejandra Solis, spouse Desmon Bolden and children Cameron, Desmon, and Kory; Micaela Solis and Carlos Solis; 9) Carla M. Perez; and 10) Sarita M. Perez.
Family and friends will gather at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Monday, June 11th at 11:30 a.m. for a funeral Mass to be offered in her memory.
After the service, the group will proceed to the Catholic Cemetery where the ashes will be interred in the family’s plot. Lunch will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
The preceding is a paid obituary.