OBITUARY

Bertha G. Martinez

March 12, 1937January 23, 2019
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Bertha G. Martínez 1937 – 2019 Bertha Irma Guerra nació en la ciudad de Corpus Christi, Texas el 12 de marzo de 1937, segunda hija de Deantín Guerra y Juanita Cáceres. Nació en un hogar cristiano donde su mamá llevaba a toda la familia a la Iglesia Presbiteriana El Mesías a todos los cultos y donde ella cantaba en el coro. Fue a la escuela en Corpus y se graduó de Roy Miller High School en 1955. Conoció a Juan Francisco Martínez y se casaron en la Iglesia El Mesías el 26 de septiembre de 1957. De allí se mudaron a varios lugares donde nacieron sus hijos, Juan Jr. (Frankie) en Chicago, Bertha Elizabeth (Liz) en Firebaugh, CA, Ruth Ann (Ruthie) en Placerville, CA y Daniel Esteban (Danny) en Pharr, TX. Fue en Placerville (19629 donde Bertha y Juan conocieron a Lyle y Clara Birkey y con su ayuda tuvieron un encuentro muy especial con Cristo. Al poco tiempo de comprometer sus vidas al Jesús decidieron ir al Instituto Bíblico Río Grande en Edinburg, TX donde estudiaron para el ministerio. Durante su tiempo allí pastorearon La Capilla del Señor en Pharr, TX and apoyaron otras iglesias. En 1966 Dios los llamó a trabajar con Village Missions en Kettleman, City, CA donde comenzaron la Iglesia Evangélica El Calvario y sirvieron por más de 30 años. Durante ese tiempo también comenzaron la Iglesia Evangélica de Avenal, CA y ministraron en otras comunidades. Bertha sirvió a la iglesia de muchas maneras y también fue servidora de la comunidad. Tocaba el piano, daba clases de niños, dirigía a las damas, organizaba dramas y campamentos y cocinaba comida muy sabrosa para su familia y para cualquiera que llegara a la casa con hambre – era conocida por sus tacos fabulosos y frijoles refritos. Era común tener la casa llena para el almuerzo después del culto dominical. Su ministerio en la comunidad incluyó apoyar a las mujeres como consejera, chofera y vocera. Ayudó a personas con documentación legal y solicitudes, intérprete en las cortes, sirvió en las mesas electorales, fue parte de la directiva del comité de agua potable y muchas otras cosas. Cuando se mudaron a Colorado el plan era jubilarse. Sin embargo, siguieron ministrando en Iglesia Hispana La Roca donde Bertha siguió con su pasión de ser maestra de niños, cantar y ministrar a las mujeres. Durante estos últimos 20años su enfoque principal fue el ministerio a prisoneros. Escribió montones de cartas a personas sin esperanza y lescompartió la esperanza, el amor y el gozo que se se consigue en Cristo. Ella y Juan mandaban Biblias a quienes se las pidieran. Sus pasiones fueron el servicio, el canto, las cartas y la cocina. Cantó sola, en el coro, con sus hermanas, en grupos pequeños y con su esposo. Sirvió a cientos de personas a través de los años y muchos concieron al Jesús como Salvador y Señor por causa de su servicio y palabra. Fue bienvenida a su eterno hogar el 23 de enero del 2019 – primero por su Señor y Salvador, luego por muchos seres queridos, incluyendo a sus padres, su hija, Ruthie, su nuera, Olga, su hermano, Deantín y la gran nube de testigos que glorifican a Dios y celebraron su llegada a gloria. La sobreviven: Su esposo, Juan Francisco. Tres hermanas, Hilda, Victoria y Elizabeth y un hermano Ricardo. Su hermano, Deantín, pasó a la presencia del Señor en octubre 2018. Sus hijos Juan y Ruth, Liz y John y Daniel y Nora. Ruth Ann pasó a la presencia del Señor años atrás. Sus nietos, Xaris, Josué y Jackie, Hannah y Peter, Aaron y Abby, Abigail y John, Caleb, Isaac, Xavier y Shaila. Sus visnietos, Daniel y Joseph. Otros: Muchos otros familiares por nacimiento y matrimonio, hermanas y hermanos en Cristo y muchos amigos. Bertha G. Martinez 1937 – 2019 Bertha Irma Guerra was born on March 12, 1937 in Corpus Cristi, Texas, the second daughter of Deantin Guerra and Juanita Caceres. Hers was a Christian home where her mother took the family to services regularly at El Mesías Presbyterian Church. Bertha and her siblings sang in the choir. She went to school in Corpus and graduated from Roy Miller High School in 1955. She met Juan Francisco Martínez and they were married on September 26,1957. They moved a lot at the beginning as the family was growing; their children were born; Juan Jr. (Frankie) in Chicago, IL, Elizabeth (Liz) in Firebaugh, CA, Ruth Ann (Ruthie) in Placerville, CA and Daniel Esteban (Danny) in Pharr, TX. While in Placerville in 1962 Bertha and Juan met Lyle and Clara Birkey and with their help had a very special encounter with Jesus Christ. Shortly after committing their lives to Jesus they felt led to Bible School to prepare for ministry and more effectively share their faith. They attended Río Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, TX and while there they pastored La Capilla del Señor in Pharr, TX and ministered in other churches in the area. In 1966 God called them to serve with Village Missions in Kettleman City, CA where they started Iglesia Evangélica El Calvario. They served in Kettleman City for over 30 years, and also started Iglesia Evangélica in Avenal, CA and ministered in a number of surrounding communities. Bertha served the church and community in many capacities. She played the piano, taught children’s classes, led the women’s groups, organized dramas and camps, and cooked delicious meals for her family and anyone who showed up at the house hungry - she was known for her amazing tacos and refried beans. It was not unusual to have a houseful for lunch after church many Sundays. Her service to the community included counseling women, serving as chauffeur and spokesperson. She helped people with their government paperwork and applications, translated in court hearings, worked at the school, served at the polling place, was a member of the water district, and so many other things. They moved to Colorado in 1998 to retire, but instead continued in ministry at Iglesia Hispana La Roca where Bertha continued in her love of teaching children’s Sunday School, singing and ministering to women. During these past 20 years her principal focus was ministry to prisoners. She wrote mountains of letters to people without hope and shared the hope, love and joy available through Christ. She and Juan sent Bibles to any who requested one. Her passions were service to the needy, singing, letter writing, teaching children and cooking. She sang solos, in choirs, with her siblings, in small groups, and with her husband. She served hundreds of people through the years and many came to know Jesus as Savior and Lord because of her love. She was welcome to her eternal home on January 23, 2019 - first by her Lord and Savior, then by many loved ones including her parents, her daughter, Ruthie, her daughter-in-law, Olga, her brother, Deantin and a great cloud of witnesses who glorify God and cheered her on to Glory. She is survived by: Her husband, Juan Francisco. Three sisters, Hilda, Victoria and Elizabeth and one brother, Ricardo. Her brother, Deantín, went to the presence of the Lord in October of 2018. Her children: Juan and Ruth, Liz and John, and Dan and Nora. Ruth Ann went to be with the Lord years before. Grandchildren: Xaris, Josué and Jackie, Hannah and Peter, Aaron and Abby, Abigail and John, Caleb, Isaac, Xavier and Shaila. Great grandchildren: Daniel and Joseph. Others: Many other relatives by birth & marriage, sisters and brothers in Christ & many friends.

  • FAMILY

  • Juan F. Martinez, Husband
  • Juan F. Martinez Jr., Son
  • Liz Dewsnap, Daughter
  • Ruth Martinez (Deceased), Daughter
  • Dan Martinez, Son
  • Bertha is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 8, 2019
REMEMBERING

Bertha G. Martinez

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Veronica Dulce REYNA

January 28, 2019

I was blessed to have this woman in my life as i grew up spending my summers and holidays with my family in KC. Her singing, the bible summer camps, her delicious baking. Heaven has gained an angel with this wonderful and beautiful soul. May you keep singing up above Bertha.

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