Emilia Sanchez Martinez, 78, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at an Abilene hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Rotan. Burial will follow at Belvieu Cemetery under the direction of Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home. A Rosary will be at 6 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to weathersbeerayfh.com.
Born April 6, 1934 in San Benito, TX, Emilia was a daughter of the late Herchulano and Augustina (Garcia) Sanchez. Emilia moved to Rotan when she married her husband Amado Martinez in Rotan in 1950. She was a homemaker, devoted mother and grandmother. She loved being outside tending to her rose bushes and gardening. Emilia was a member of the Catholic Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Victoria Martinez; a son, Ruben Martinez; and two sisters.
Emilia is survived by six sons and daughters-in-law, Juan and Stella Martinez of Sweetwater, Amado, Jr. and Dora Martinez of Rice, TX, Joe and Cissie Martinez of Abilene, George and Diana Martinez of Sweetwater, Ricky and Jane Martinez of Abilene and Robert and Trina Martinez of Sweetwater; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Ramona Martinez of Sweetwater, Rosa and Jesse Martinez of Sweetwater, Mary and Jerry Salazar of Ballinger and Christina Vera of Sweetwater; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and eight brothers and sisters.