Jennie Martinez

Passed: August 14, 2023


Jennie Valdez Martinez, 96, of Litchfield Park passed away August 14, 2023. She was born April 17, 1927 in Burbank, California to Viviano and Cliofas Valdez.

Jennie was proceeded in death by her parents, former spouse Arthur, son Michael, daughter Sally, and 13 of her siblings. She is survived by her daughter Margie (Rich), son Henry (Valerie), and one sister Mary Villa. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Phoenicia, Henry Jr., Steven, Daniel, and Matthew, and five great-grandchildren: Ava, Ayden, Evan, Ezra and Harvey.

Raised in Buckeye since childhood, Jennie graduated from Buckeye Union High School. Her passion was home economics. In 1947 she married Arthur Martinez and together they had four children: Sally, Michael, Margie, and Henry.
In 1968, she joined Arthur in opening the Oasis restaurant. In 1975, she went on to open Arturo’s Mexican Food restaurant in Goodyear. She was a hard and very determined worker. She always said, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.”

Jennie had a deep love and devotion for her family. She loved spending time with them at Sunday dinners and holiday gatherings, and whenever they would visit. She also loved traveling with her family, dancing, and playing Gin Rummy.
She was a woman of strong faith and attended daily mass for 46 years. A great joy in her life is when she was in church choir in high school and then again at St Thomas Aquinas. While with the St. Thomas Aquinas choir, she traveled to Rome to sing for the pope.

She was a chef, a seamstress, and an artist. Her artistic talent for painting came about when she was at her Strawberry home, where she created her numerous paintings.

Everybody loved her infectious smile and she will be deeply missed.

Farewell for now, until we meet again.

A visitation and recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 8:30AM on August 29 at Thompson Funeral in Goodyear, Arizona. A funeral service will follow at 10:30AM at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley.

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5 responses to Jennie Martinez

  1. We indeed pray for the repose of the soul of Jennie and peaceful consolation for Margie and Henry, Jennie’s grandchildren and great-grandcildren.
    Jennie’s strong faith, beautiful and contagious smile stays indelibly in our minds, hearts and souls. We consider ourselves blessed to have
    known her at St. Thomas Aquinas Church for some twenty years. She had the secret of staying young and youthful and we felt her strong
    faith and love in all our encounters, with beautiful Jennie.
    In Christ,
    Angel and Isis

  2. Sending prayers for Jennie and her family. My late husband John and I had many years of memories with Jennie from her restaurants, daily mass and St Thomas choir including the trip to Italy. A wonderful woman! God rest her soul.✝️

  3. Sending you all love and prayers. Jennie was a joy to work with and I will miss her. Take care. ♡

  4. Jennie will be remembered by her beautiful smile and loving soul. Whenever you would go into your restaurant it was like going to your home kitchen. Such love and care by you and your family. Thank you for all the beautiful smiles and thoughts.May God keep you in his arms as you rest in peace.

  5. My condolences to the Martinez family! I’m sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what your family is going through. I’m not sure if you remember me Margie this is Jay. I’ve always had mad love for your family. I’m so sorry I just found out about her passing I wish I could’ve been there at least to pay my respects

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