Maria Isabel Barajas-Martinez

October 26, 1990June 24, 2012

Maria Isabel Barajas-Martinez, 21 Activist & Student “May The Work I’ve Done, Speak For Me.”

Maria Isabel Barajas-Martinez, 21, passed away in a weather related traffic accident on June 24th, 2012.

She has spread her wings like a butterfly & flown home to the heavens above. She will greatly be missed by family & friends, for she touched many hearts in the short, but well lived, span that was her life. Her smile was radiant & her laugh was contagious. She was always on the go & was always working for others in a way that will be greatly remembered.

She was born into a migrant worker family on October 26th, 1990 in Bartow, FL, and was raised in Auburndale.

She graduated with high honors from Lake Region High School in 2009, where she was also the president of the National Spanish Honor Society. She went on to pursue her education at Polk State College and was well on her way to becoming a pediatrician. While attending PSC, she also joined the local chapter of Students Working for Equal Rights. In May, 2010 she founded the Young American Dreamers which is a youth group dedicated to community service. Thru Y.A.D. she focused on raising funds to provide scholarships for high school students seeking a higher education. Additionally, Y.A.D. adopted the Lake Blue Park in Winter Haven where they participated in planting flowers & trees during its construction, as well as cleaning it up periodically. Y.A.D. also participated in the yearly MLK Jr Parade in Winter Haven. She was a volunteer at Angels Care in Eloise & at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She organized her friends & family to participate in the yearly National Kidney Foundation “Kidney Walk” around Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland. She was a mentor at Snively Elementary & tutored others in reading. She was an avid activist in the Pro-Life, DREAM Act, & Immigration Reform movements. She participated weekly at the Knee-A-Thon Pilgrimage from Sebring, FL to Washington D.C. in the spirit of putting faith into practice as true Christian. She was a member of the Youth Choir & Youth Group at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Mission in Wahneta. She was blessed to have found her soul mate, whom she married on November 12, 2011. She is survived by him, Enrique Martinez (23) of Winter Haven, whom she proudly supported with all his activities as a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

She is survived by her maternal grandfather, Guadalupe De La Rosa & his wife Hilda De La Rosa of Wauchula, FL. Her parents: Hilario & Maria Barajas of Auburndale, FL. Her In-Laws: Jose Javier Flores & Justa Martinez of Yakima, WA. Preceded by her brother, “Baby Juan Carlos”, laid to rest in Mercedes, TX. Surviving brothers: Juan Calderon of Seffner, FL, John Malady of Windsor, SC, Juan Gerardo Barajas of Spring Hill, FL, Juan Gabriel Barajas of Texas City, TX, & Daniel Barajas of Auburndale, FL. Surviving sister: Norma Barajas de Connor of Huntsville, AL. She had 3 nieces & 2 nephews. Paternal uncles: Valentin, Pedro, & Tomas Barajas, all of Auburndale, FL. Paternal aunt: Maria Trejo of Auburndale, FL. Maternal uncles: Roy De La Rosa of Bradenton, FL, Ramon De La Rosa of Bowling Green, FL, Santos De La Rosa of Sebring, FL. There are many more countless family members across the United States & reaching as far as Mexico. Special dedication to Heather Ryder, lifelong friend & sister.

Visitation is Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, 2198 K-Ville Avenue, Auburndale, FL. A Mass of Christina Burial will be held Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9:00am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Mission, 2150 Bomber Road, Wahneta, FL. Burial to follow in Glenn Abbey Memorial Gardens, 2200 K-Ville Avenue, Auburndale, FL.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Maria Isabel Barajas-Martinez

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Deborah de Santos

February 19, 2013

RIP, Maria - you will be greatly missed

Dianna Lyons

July 13, 2012

I was so sad to hear of Maria's untimely death. My heart aches for Hilario, Maria and the entire Barajas family of whom I have so many treasured memories.
Peace, love & justice,
Dianna Lyons

Ely Santibanez

July 9, 2012

It's been a few days and I still find it very hard to believed u are not here anymore :( Se te extrana!!!

July 6, 2012

Yeah though I walk thru the valley of death, I will fear no evil/

Martin Ocampo

July 2, 2012

One of my heros has past. But she has not left. She leaves behind her wonderful husband Enrique, her hard working group The Young American Dreamers and all she has done to make our community better. She is missed

Jeana Crow

June 30, 2012

My deepest prayers go out to your famliy, we will miss you. i didnt have the plesure of knowing you very well but as much as i did i kmnow that you were a very sweet girl and we will miss you dearly. we all know your looking down on us from heaven!! we love and miss you

Joe De La Rosa

June 30, 2012

Our deepest condolences to all the family. our thoughts and prayers are with you.May God give you peace and understanding as to why we have to go though such suffering. Only He has the answer. May she rest in peace.

Idalia Andaverde, Anciso

June 29, 2012

Our prayers go out to our Florida family. I did not have the pleasure of getting to meet Maria Isabel. She touched so many lives as I read the obituary. Such a beautiful, lovely, bright and outgoing young lady. Maria will be greatly missed. She was called to serve the Lord and will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless You all.

June 29, 2012

We Love You. Thank you for continuing to watching out for us from Heaven as you did while you were here on Earth. Earth. We know you are smiling with that Beautiful smile down on us. Love Tio Lupin/Santos

Tio Mario & Georgia de la Rosa

June 29, 2012

If Tears Could Build A Stairway

Author: Unknown

If tears could build a stairway,
and memories a lane.
I would walk right up to Heaven
and bring you back again.

No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say "Goodbye".
You were gone before I knew it,
and only God knows why.

My heart still aches with sadness, and secret tears still flow.

What it meant to love you -
No one can ever know.

But now I know you want me
to mourn for you no more;
To remember all the happy times
life still has much in store.

Since you'll never be forgotten,
I pledge to you today~
A hollowed place within my heart
is where you'll always stay.