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Frances Martinez

Graveside committal service for Frances I. Martinez, 77, who died June 12, 2020 at Newton Medical Center, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday will be at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Peabody, with the Rev. Devin Burns as celebrant.

She was born Oct. 23, 1942, in Florence to Carlos T. and Sarah (Rodriguez) Saenz Sr. On Oct. 22, 1960, she married Michael R. Martinez in Florence. He preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 2004.

Frances worked for more than 30 years at the former Peabody Memorial Nursing Home, where she was a laundry aide and housekeeper.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Florence.

Traveling to Branson was looked forward to by Frances. She also could be found embroidering, doing crafts, or watching ice hockey. One of her favorite pastimes was spending time in the casino.

She was a social butterfly and enjoyed keeping up with people and events in Peabody and enjoyed a cup of coffee with her friends. Her greatest joy was her family and she looked forward to following her grandkids’ events and spending time with her loving family.

She is survived by sons David (and wife Cyndi) Martinez and Paul (and wife Linda) Martinez; daughters Paula (and husband Scott) Harris, Rebecca (and husband Robert Jr.) Rablin, and Sarah (and husband Jeremy Sr.) Sears; brothers Carlos (and wife Cheryl) Saenz Jr., and Fred Saenz.

Frances also is survived by 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was excitedly expected two new great-grandchildren in July.

Frances was preceded in death by daughter Charlene Garcia, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, her parents, and husband.

Memorials have been established with Peabody Senior Center’s meal delivery program or Peabody Food Bank in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

Last modified Sept. 16, 2020