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Aurora Martinez

June 7, 1926 — February 7, 2018

MARTINEZ, AURORA "DORA" CARDONA- Our Beloved Mother, Aurora "Dora" Cardona Martinez, age 91, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at her home in Dexter surrounded by the love of her family.

The family will be accepting visitation 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 2018 and a Funeral Service will be 1:00 PM, Monday, February 12, 2018 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Interment following the service at South Park Cemetery. Officiating Norman Lucas of Jehovah Witness of Kingdom Hall.

Dora was born in Roswell to Estanislado Cardona and Eduarda Najar Cardona on June 7, 1926.

Dora met the love of her life, Pete Dotson Martinez when she was only 13 and he 15. They will be joined together for eternity.

Dora only went to 4th grade because her parents needed children's financial help, back then children were pulled out of school to pick cotton in winter, chopped cotton in summer. Dora worked as a lead housekeeper at the Sunset Villa Nursing Home and retired after 31 years of service with certificate of appreciation for devoted and invaluable services rendered on December 10, 1982 by Administrator Lloyd C. Pharis. Dora also worked at Mission Arch. She loved the patients and helped them every chance she got and they loved her too.

Dora enjoyed spending time watching her TV shows, studying the bible with her daughter and learning about our Creator Jehovah God and his purposes. Going out to eat when she'd go into town. Going to the Kingdom Hall on Sundays and visiting with friends and family.

Dora is survived by daughter, Mary Jane and husband Wesley Pharis of Dexter, NM; son, Larry C. Martinez and wife Stephanie of Roswell, NM; daughter, Veronica "Roni" Martinez Fuentes of Indianapolis, IN; daughter, Sandra "Sandie" Sandoval and husband Alfredo of Roswell, NM; son, David M. Martinez and wife Cindy; sister, Vera Cardona and partner Joe Marrujo. Dora was also blessed with 16 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and her dear friends, Josie Montoya, Telles Lara Torrez and Eva Aguilar. Dora will be missed by all including her pets, a pekinese "Jackie"; poodle, "Baby"; "Lady" a part terrier and her favorite poodle "Cotton" and her visiting pets, "Como Tu" and "Dino".

Dora was preceded in death by her spouse, Pete Dotson Martinez Sr., sons, Pete Danny Martinez and Pete Dotson Martinez Jr.; daughter, Nancy Martinez, great-grandson, Kevin Allen Atkinson, son-in-law Rodrigo "Roy" Fuentes Jr., brothers, Cruz and Catarino Cardona and sisters, Reducinda Sosa, Rose Flores and Erminda Hernandez.

Serving as pallbearers will be Larry Martinez, Alfredo Sandoval Sr., Paul Contreras, David Sandoval, Alfredo Sandoval Jr., and Jimmy Flores. Honorary pallbearers are Wesley Pharis, Stacy Pharis and Mariano Flores.

The family would like to give thanks to the staff at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for their pleasant care and attention with their mother and family.

"A Mothers Love:" A Letter From Mom
My Child,
When I get old, I hope you understand and have patience with me.
In case I break a plate, or spill soup on the table because I'm losing my eyesight, I hope you don't yell at me.
Older people are sensitive, always having self-pity when you yell.
When my hearing gets worse and I can't hear what you're saying, I hope you don't call me "deaf!" Please repeat what you said or write it down.
I'm sorry my child I'm getting older. I don't want to be a burden.
When my knees get weaker, I hope you have the patience to help me get up; like how I used to when you were little, learning how to walk.
Please bear with me when I keep repeating myself like a broken record. I hope you just keep listening to me. Please don't make fun of me, or get sick of listening to me.
Do you remember when you were little, and wanted a balloon? You repeated yourself until you got what you wanted.
Please, also pardon my smell, I smell like an old person. Please don't force me to shower, my body is weak. Old people get sick easily when they're cold; I hope I don't gross you out.
Do you remember when you were little? How I used to chase you around because you didn't want to bathe?
I hope you can be patient with me when I'm always cranky. It's part of getting old. You'll understand when you're older.
And if you have spare time, I hope we can talk, even for just a few minutes.
I'm always by myself, all the time and have no one to talk to. I know you're busy with work and your own life. Please have time for me, even if you're not interested in my stories... Do you remember when you were little? How I used to listen to your stories about your teddy bear?
When the time comes, when I get ill and bedridden, I hope you have the patience to take care of me. I'm sorry if I accidently wet the bed or make a mess. I remember when you were little, how you used to cry for a clean diaper!
I hope you have the patience to take care of me during my last moments of my life. I'm not going to last much longer anyway. When the time of my death comes, I hope you hold my hand, and give me the strength to face death.
And 1 pray our loving creator Jehovah our God bless you because you loved your mom.
Thank you so much for your love and your care. I love you
With much love, Your Mom


LaGrone Funeral Chapel
900 South Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Saturday, February 10, 2018
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM


LaGrone Funeral Chapel
900 S. Main
Roswell, NM  88203
Monday, February 12, 2018
1:00 PM


South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main
Roswell, NM  88203
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