Lydia Ruby (Fresquez) Martinez

Lydia Ruby (Fresquez) Martinez, 80, a resident of Espanola, formerly of Leadville, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 16.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sotero and Anna Maria Fresquez; husband, Lee M. Martinez; children, Timothy Cochise, and Rebecca Martinez; many brothers and sisters and best friend, Minnie Martinez.

Lydia Martinez was said to be a very loving woman. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and traveling. In her younger years she was an amazing cook, according to her family, providing amazing food for everyone who was hungry. She would always say, “Don’t say goodbye, only see you later.”

Martinez is survived by her children, Theresa Fresquez Gurule, Linda Martinez, Beverly Martinez Windorski, Lea Ann Martinez (Amador) Lopez, Anna Maria Martinez Bueno (Raymond Long); children she raised, Timothy Martinez, Santiago (Sara) Martinez, Nico Martinez; siblings, Sotero, Nino (Corinne), Martin Fresquez, and Anita (Joe) Martinez; 17 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and two on the way.

A rosary will be recited on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory, followed by a public visitation at 3 p.m.

A second rosary will be recited on Monday, Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church in Leadville, with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. Burial will take place at the St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Leadville with the following serving the family as pallbearers: Michael Cano, Rick Orenday, Dominick Gutierrez, Carlos Madrid, Teddy Gurule, Vinnie Martinez, T.J. Martinez, Nico Martinez, Anthony Martinez, Santiago Martinez and Devin Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley is handling the arrangements.