Julia Villarreal Martinez

January 1, 1927March 10, 2018

Julia Villarreal Martinez, 91, passed away on March 10, 2018. She was born on January 1, 1927 in Tivoli, Texas. Mom was business savvy, she had no education but as mom and wife she saved her money to buy a brand new home and car. “Hands down” she was also the best tortilla maker and the only ones I will ever eat. She encouraged all her children to educate themselves. My Mom loved us for who we were! My mom always quoted “Hay mas Tiempo Que VIDA”! My Grandma loved education and made sure all of her children graduated from high school. She is a huge part of the reason I have been an educator for 20 years. Mom taught me everything that I know about cooking and to see people for who they were. She was straight forward and never met a stranger. Everyone that she spent time with, fell in love with her. By far she was the most fashionable person ever. The warmest smile, purest laugh and largest heart. Every time we got to see each other you made me feel happy and free minded, she gave me a great respect for cooking. She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Juan A. Martinez; daughter and son-in-law, Alicia (Ruben) Hinojosa; granddaughter, Celina Carreon and brothers, Jesus, Sotero, Encarnacion and Porfirio Villarreal. Left behind to cherish her memories are her children: Lydia (Febronio) Garcia, Juan Jr (Melinda) Martinez, Nora (Martin) Mota, Martha (Mynor) Ramirez and Elena Jones; sister, Emilia Soliz; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Memory Gardens Funeral Home with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church with Interment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.


  • Juan A. Martinez, Husband
  • Alicia Hinojosa, Daughter
  • Ruben Hinojosa, Son-in-law
  • Celina Carreon, Granddaughter
  • Jesus Villarreal, Brother
  • Sotero Villarreal, Brother
  • Encarnacion Villarreal, Brother
  • Porfirio Villarreal, Brother
  • Lydia (Febronio) Garcia, Daughter
  • Juan Jr. (Melinda) Martinez, Son
  • Nora (Martin) Mota, Daughter
  • Martha (Mynor) Ramirez, Daughter
  • Elena Jones, Daughter
  • Emilia Soliz, Sister
  • Mrs. Martinez also leaves 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren to cherish her memory.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Holy Rosary Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 15, 2018

Julia Villarreal Martinez

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Joyce Flores-Salinas

March 15, 2018

“Tia Julie” as my friend Emily introduced her Aunt to me! Fast forward to present time, I still called Ms. Julia “Tia Julie” . She would smile as I reminded her who I was. Grandma Emily, Emily and the family of Tia Julie—I am sorry for your loss.

Familia Ramirez

March 13, 2018

Mis condolencias para la familia. Y que el Dios de todo consuelo le de paz en estos momentos difíciles. (2 Corintios 1:3,4)

Lisa Nicole

March 13, 2018

I’m sorry to hear about the loss of dear loved one. I hope you and your family can find comfort in God’s promise to us at Rev 21:4.


Josue & Maria Molina

March 13, 2018

Que Dios la tenga en su Santa Gloria y mucha fortaleza a la familia.

Manuel Molina

March 13, 2018

I send my thoughts and prayers to the family, may our Lord comfort each and everyone of you. Mrs. Julia was such a beautiful and sweet soul I will never forget her she will always live in my heart and one day we will see her again in Heaven.