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Martha Torrez Chavez
September 18, 1931 - November 16, 2010

Martha Torrez Chavez
Martha Torrez Chavez 79, passed to eternal life on November 16, 2010 at her home surrounded by her loved ones. A rosary and mass for the repose of Martha’s soul will be prayed at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 20, 2010 at St. Peter Catholic Church. Farther Charlie Martinez, O.F.M will be officiating.
Martha was born September 18, 1931 in Dexter, New Mexico to Plajerez and Antonio Torres. She married the late, Isidro Peña Chavez on September 11, 1946 in Carrizozo, NM. They raised five children, Elvira Brazfield and husband Tony, Isidro Peña Chavez, Jr. and wife Flora, Frank Chavez and wife Patti, Elisa Alexander and husband Bruce and Orlando Chavez.
She is survived by her children, her brothers; Candelario Torres and wife Ramona, Rafael Torrez and wife Esperanza, and her sisters; Dora Mendoza, Isabel Tavarez and husband Dan and Orlidia Vincent and her husband Art, as well as eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Martha was preceded in death by her husband Isidro, her parents, and sisters; Rufina Herrera and Emma Brijalba.
Isidro and Martha enjoyed traveling. They took many trips with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Together they toured much of this country and enjoyed going on cruises.
Martha retired from the Roswell Independent School District after 26 years of service. For the past 15 years “Miss Martha” also cared for many children who brought her great joy as she provided childcare for them.
She was a member of St. Peter Roman Catholic Church since 1953, Martha served as an Extraordinary Minister of Communion there for 10 years.
The family request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 306 San Pablo St. SE Ste. A, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com .

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