Fransisca Martinez

January 29, 1937July 11, 2018

Fransisca Martinez, age 81 passed away on Wednesday July 11, 2018.

Fransisca was born January 29, 1937 in Waelder, Texas to Rito and Castula Gomez Gonzales.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waelder, Texas.

Fransisca is survived by her husband, Mariano Martinez; sons Julian Martinez and wife Delma of Conroe, Cecilio Martinez and wife Lupe of Houston, Steven Martinez of Lubbock, Johnny Martinez and wife Rosario of Slaton, Joe Martinez of Slaton, Ascension Martinez and wife Rosa of Big Spring, David Martinez and wife Dora of Slaton, Angel Martinez of Slaton, and daughters Rosa Martinez Gara of Waelder, Adela Hartman and husband Frank of Conroe, Angela Martinez and wife Gabriela Martinez of Waelder, brothers Domingo Gonzales of Slaton and Louis Gonzales of Lubbock, and sisters Dominga Saenz of Lubbock and Alejandra Munoz of Slaton, thirty-two grandchildren, fifty-nine great-grandchildren, and twenty-six great-great-grandchildren

Fransisca was preceded in death by her parents, sons Jose Martinez Jr. and Mariano Martinez Jr., and daughters Elida Martinez and Maria De Jesus.

A visitation for Fransisca will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 at 11:00 am at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia. A rosary will occur Friday, July 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waelder. A funeral mass will occur Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waelder with Father Paul Raaz officiating.

Serving as pallbearers are Johnny Martinez, Joe Martinez, Ascension Martinez, David Martinez, Angel Martinez and Angela Martinez.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Martinez family.

- Smith Funeral Home 128 East 5th Street Flatonia, Texas 78941 361-865-3311 -


  • Rito Gonzales, Father
  • Castula Gomez Gonzales, Mother
  • Domingo Gonzales, Brother
  • Louis Gonzales, Brother
  • Dominga Saenz, Sister
  • Alejandra Munoz, Sister
  • Mariano Martinez, Husband
  • Jose Martinez, Son
  • Mariano Martinez Jr., Son
  • Julian Martinez, Son
  • Delma Martinez, Daughter-in-law
  • Cecilio Martinez, Son
  • Lupe Martinez, Daughter-in-law
  • Steven Martinez, Son
  • Johnny Martinez, Son
  • Rosario Martinez, Daughter-in-law
  • Joe Martinez, Son
  • Ascension Martinez, Son
  • Rosa Martinez, Daughter-in-law
  • David Martinez, Son
  • Dora Martinez, Daughter-in-law
  • Angel Martinez, Son
  • Elida Martinez, Daughter
  • Maria De Jesus, Daughter
  • Rosa Martinez Gara, Daughter
  • Adela Hartman, Daughter
  • Frank Hartman, Son-in-law
  • Angela Martinez, Daughter
  • Gabriela Martinez, Daughter-in-law
  • She is also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

    Mrs. Martinez also leaves behind thirty-two grandchildren, fifty-nine great-grandchildren and twenty-six great-great-grandchildren.

  • Johnny Martinez, Pallbearer
  • Joe Martinez, Pallbearer
  • Ascension Martinez, Pallbearer
  • David Martinez, Pallbearer
  • Angel Martinez, Pallbearer
  • Angela Martinez, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Rosary Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Burial Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Fransisca Martinez was a kind, loving and humble servant of God. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Fransisca, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, or a witty remark. With just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Fransisca was easygoing and fun loving. She had the ability to lighten the mood wherever she was and bring a sense of calming peace to any situation. Fransisca demonstrated a Christ like life through an unwavering adherence to her faith. She was a woman content with the simple things in life, she appreciated what she had and never asked for more.
Her parents were Rito and Castula Gonzales. Fransisca was raised in Waelder, Texas. She had nine siblings. Her siblings were Domingo, Dominga, Margarita, Guadalupe, Alejandra, Simon, Casimiro, Luis, and Luisa. Fransisca is remembered by her surviving siblings as warm, caring, loving, and friendly.
Fransisca was blessed with sixteen children, Julian, Rosa, Esteban, Adela, Mariano Jr., Juan, Jose, Ascension, David, and Angel. Fransisca had the ability to focus her attention on the present moment. If she was spending time with the kids, that’s where all of her attention was directed. Fransisca's compassionate side allowed her to be a fair disciplinarian.
In life, Fransisca was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others. Her truthfulness, sincerity, and faith in God was often contagious. Fransisca was a virtuous person. When dealing with problems, Fransisca was an adaptable realist, she used her common sense and trusted her experiences, but most importantly she liked to put it all before the Lord to uncover the correct answer. Fransisca's talent for being a down to earth thinker, served as an excellent example for others to follow.
Her primary occupation was being a homemaker and all that it entails. She was a loving and caring wife to Mariano Martinez for 65 years. She never complained about cooking, cleaning, washing and ironing for her family. She raised her children within the Catholic faith. Teaching them to keep holy the Sabbath day, pray the rosary, turn the other cheek, and to never say no to the work of the Lord. Fransisca cherished the Lord and her family. Having her children around was one of her greatest joys. Traditionally her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren gathered at her home during the Easter weekend. A tradition carried by the family for 20 plus years.
Her favorite pursuits were church activities. Fransisca was most content when she could serve the church. Fransisca had an endless desire to help with new and different activities. She was always ready to join in and do her part for the Lord. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, Fransisca's service was greatly valued by those who worked along her side. She was definitely a generous person who often wore her heart on her sleeve. Fransisca often found herself involved in activities she deemed important. She was charitable, kind and giving, qualities that made her a natural volunteer. She served proudly as a member of the Guadalupana’s of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Fransisca recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for more than 20 years.
Favorite vacations included Bascilica de San Juan and Galveston Beach. Fransisca also enjoyed visiting her children in Slaton, TX during the Holiday seasons.
Fransisca was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Fransisca's favorites was Blanca, a cat and Brandon, a dog.
Fransisca believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2002, she began her new life in Waelder, Texas. With her boundless energy and a desire to live a Christ like life, Fransisca remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found new pleasure in life by serving the Lord.
Fransisca passed away on July 11, 2018 in New Braunfels, Texas. Fransisca battled kidney and heart disease. She is survived by her husband, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Services were held at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Fransisca was laid to rest in the Waelder Community Cemetery in Waelder, Texas.
Fransisca brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Fransisca Martinez lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile and a giving heart.