Dora Martinez was born Nov. 23, 1930, and went to be with the Lord Aug. 20, 2010. Preceded in death by her parents, Leopoldo and Juanita Navarro and brother, Lawrence. Survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Malley Martinez; children, Charles and Jeannie Martinez, Mark and Carol Martinez, Sandra Martinez, Ernie and Kay Martinez, and Teresa and Joseph Valdez; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five brothers; and five sisters. Dora will also be deeply missed by other family members and friends. When Dora started elementary school, she was unable to speak English but then went on to get a Bachelors degree in elementary education from University of Southern Colorado and was very close to obtaining her Master's degree in English as a second language from the University of Colorado. Dora had various jobs through her lifetime, finishing her career by retiring from District 60 as an elementary teacher. Dora was an avid volunteer her entire life. She was the PTA president when her children were young and a member of the Cameo Club. She later went on to be on the Pueblo Youth Service Center Board of Directors. She was also on the selection committee to choose young men and women to attend the US Air Force Academy. Dora was an active church member and volunteered for many activities at St. Joseph Parish. This just names a few organizations touched by her grace. Dora will be missed by all. She was a very generous and loving woman and a devoted Catholic. Rosary, 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, and funeral Mass, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, both at St. Joseph Parish, 1145 S. Aspen Rd., with the Rev. Father Bill Gleeson as celebrant. Interment, Imperial Memorial Gardens. Reception will follow at St. Joseph's Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Parish Building Fund, 1145 S. Aspen Rd., Pueblo, CO 81006. Online condolences,

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  1. Dear Uncle Malley and family, Auntie Dora was such a special Aunt to us, we had the utmost respect and love for her ,she treated us with genuine caring and interest, always wanting to know how we were doing in our daily lives and how our children were growing and as the years went by…always asking…how are you doing ?and how are your children? those words meant so much to all of us. She was also a wonderful sister to our mother Daisy, our mother will miss her so very much as well as all of us we will pray for all of you, that you will find peace during this difficult time. All our love and prayers, Jerry, Lisa, Andrea, Dina and Melinda.

  2. I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived. ~Willa Cather
    It sounds like Ernie’s mom lived a great life.

  3. Dear Malley and Family,
    I read about Dora in the newspaper, and I want you to know how very sorry I am for your loss. Dora was a beautiful woman and taken away from all of you too soon. It was a privilage and an honor to be invited into your home to help with Dora’s transition to home from the hospital. I truly hope her remaining days were peaceful, and painless. I hope Hospice did everything to meet her needs and take care of the family also. My prayers are with you all.

  4. Mr. Malley Martinez & Family,

    We will all remember Mrs. Martinez (Dora) for her work with youth in our community. She had a heart of gold and gave her time and love over the years to the students who attended the Youth and Family Academy. She will always be remembered, not only for the importance she placed on all students completing their educations, but also for the assistance she provided to make this a reality. She will be sadly missed.

    Students, Parents and Staff
    Youth and Family Academy Charter School

  5. Uncle Malley and Family,
    Aunt Dora will remain in our hearts forever.Our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you. Love Rita and Family

  6. Malley,
    We have all lost a GREAT lady. You and the kids know how wonderful a person Dora was first-hand. The rest of us were fortunate in knowing her for the time that she touched our lives. Dora always had that beautiful smile which let us know we were special to her. Her beauty and wisdom showed in everything she said and did. Our years together in the Cameo Club bring fond memories to me – we always picked each other up for the meetings. I will miss her greatly, but know she is happy with Our Lord.

    Al and I will remember and keep all of you in our daily prayers. May God continue to bless you. After losing our son last year, we know a little of what you are experiencing.

    Malley – I know she will continue to live in your heart. Hold on to those memories and keep her love alive!!

  7. Uncle Malley and Family…We are sadden to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God watch over you all. We have many Angels up there watching over us.

  8. Malley, Chuck, Ernie, Sandy, Mark and Teri,
    I know you will miss Dora with all your heart. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out, and of course she was your wife and mom. She was also many things to the rest of us. I had the pleasure of being Dora’s sister-in-law for 10 years and was so proud and honored to be a “Navarro” family member. My children still are, Tony Navarro and Michelle Navarro. Dora tried and did many things in her lifetime and was successful at all. I remembering her telling me..”Oh but the best thing I did was to marry Malley and have my beautiful family”. You were her vida. From now on when you think of Dora only remember the good and happy and fun times and smile widely and say Thanks mom-we love you aways. I will remember her as one time family (she still is as far as I am conerned) but for sure as my friend,,,, Vaya con Dios mi amiga….

  9. Chuck & Jeannie, Thinking of you and your family in the loss of your Mother, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Paula(Alire)& Ike

  10. As we read the obituary, our hearts are broken with yours. We remember her as a great mom & grandma. Joe, Terri, Ashley, Dustin, Beef, and Curtis, We pray that you will not only see the devastation from the storm but also the rainbow that reminds you that life will not always be this oppressive & that He never leaves you alone. You can take your brokenness & lay them at the feet of the One who will do more than just get you through. He knows you need more than answers. So if He chooses to leave questions unanswered, listen carefully to His silence. He is giving you Himself. No amount of pain or heartache could take away the richness of the life you enjoyed with Dora. Though there is no shortcut through this valley may God show you things He’s never shown you before. May He give you a glimpse of eternity and a reason for the hope that we have. God whispers to you, “trust me, I am here, I can see what you can’t” In this our heart can rest. We love you. The Martinez family

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