Dolores Lopez Martinez

July 11, 1924October 12, 2020
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Dolores Lopez Martinez was born July 11, 1924 and passed away peacefully on October 12, 2020 with her daughters at her bedside in Meadows Place, Texas. Dolores was born in Kemp, Texas. She was a loving mother to her five children and devoted wife to her husband, Melesio V. Martinez of 60 years; his widow for 19 years. She was proceeded in death by her mother and father Rosendo Lopez and Petra Tovar, sons Melesio Martinez, Jr. and Ruben Martinez; granddaughter Cynthia Hyler and great grandson Luis Pulido, Jr.

Dolores is survived by her 3 daughters Minerva Martinez, Elva Cisneros, Hortensia Stripling and son-in-law Travis Stripling; 8 grandchildren Thomas Cisneros IV, Daniel Perez, Lisa Martinez-Nicholas, Joey Martinez, Dolores Pulido, Jeffrey Martinez, Melessa Martinez-Palacios, Michael Martinez; 8 great grandchildren Blake Cisneros, Brody Cisneros, Hunter Martinez, Lauren B. Garay, Charles D. Nicholas, Jr. Taelor Martinez, Riley Martinez and Abigail Pulido; and 4 great-great grand children Isabella Garay, Anastasia Garay, Silas Wamsley-Nicholas and Priscilla Harden.

Dolores Martinez was a kind, beautiful and dignified lady who was well respected by her family, relatives and friends. She was a wife and also worked helping her husband run their own business in Karnes City, Texas where they raised their five children. She will forever be remembered for her quiet and graceful demeanor.

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  • Mario Alberto Vazquez
  • Travis E. Stripling
  • Andrew Garay
  • Joey Martinez
  • Daniel Perez
  • Thomas Cisneros IV
  • Elva Cisneros
  • Minny Martinez


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, October 22, 2020


Dolores Lopez Martinez

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Dahlia Martinez

October 22, 2020

My Tia Lolita was a very caring and loving lady. She had a presence about her when you would visit her or she came into a room. I will always have a special place in my heart for mi Tia.

It is so hard saying "Goodbye" to your mom. My heart goes out to each one of you.

My God be with you Tia Lolita and each one of your daughters.
(Artie, Minny, and Elve)
Love You,

Maria Carlin

October 22, 2020

My condolences to the family.
May she Rest In Peace sharing in the glory of Our Lord

Kriszan Abbruzzi

October 22, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. Sending prayers your way.

TJ Dillingham

October 21, 2020

I send my deepest condolences to the family of Mrs. Martinez as loved ones mourn, but also celebrate the life of a remarkable woman. Her memory and legacy will shine so bright through my dear friend Minny. I pray that the friends and loved ones also cherish the memories and find comfort in these challenging times. With the deepest regards,


Lydia Narvaez

October 21, 2020

Attached, is a picture of Tia Lolita (Mrs. Dolores Martinez) and myself from the last time I went to visit her on October 9, 2016 at The Hampton at Meadows Place, TX. My mom (Maria R. Martinez) taught me to visit family and close friends when possible. It was especially important for me to honor my mother's wishes and I knew that they were close and good friends. Tia Lolita was always very pleasant and kind during our visits. I always admired how she dressed and carried herself. She alwayed showed alot of love for me, my mom and my sisters.

To my cousins - Hortensia, Minerva (Minny) and Elva

My condolences, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your Mom. I pray blessings for peace and comfort to you and your families during this exceedingly difficult time.

GOD Bless,

Lydia L. Narvaez & Family

Jeanette Early

October 21, 2020

Hortensia, Minerva and Elva,

My sympathy and warmest thoughts are with you at this time in the homegoing of your dear mother. May time and love bring you peace.

Your friend,
Jeanette Early (Brown & Root)

Linda McCue

October 21, 2020

Horti, Minny, & Elva,

It's been a long time since I've seen my Aunt Lolita; I live in Georgia & haven't been back to Houston in a while but, I still remember what she told me when my mom, Maria Reyna Martinez passed. She told me she would be honored to be my mom since I lost mine. My mom & her were very close & they were very fond of each other. Even though they were sister-in-laws; they were more like real sisters. I will always have the greatest respect for my Aunt Lolita. She always had poise & grace. Hortensia, Minerva, & Elva, I am very sorry for the loss of your mom. I pray the Lord will bring you comfort & peace during this difficult time. I know your mom is with the Lord now & is no longer suffering.

GOD Bless You All,
The Daughters of Ramon V & Maria R Martinez:
Gloria Naomi Alvear
Dahlia Maria Gonzales
Melva Alicia McCord
Linda Esperanza McCue
Lydia Lolita Narvaez
Anna Marina Martinez

Sylvia Dimas Contreras

October 21, 2020

My deepest condolences to my cousins Minerva ,Hortense and Elva for the loss of their mom . My tia Lolita was a beautiful lady and she will be missed by everyone ❤️

Sylvia Reynosa

October 21, 2020

I will always remember Mrs. Martinez as a gracious gentle, soft spoken beautiful lady with her gorgeous pure white hair.
She will always be in my heart.

Much love and peace to her.

Sylvia Reynosa

Lauren Garay

October 21, 2020

Great Grandma we are going to miss you. Thank you for raising such a wonderful family and passing down so many traditions throughout the years (SECRET TAMALE RECIPE). I will always remember all the wonderful holidays we shared together!

Love you always,
Your Great Granddaughter Lauren, Great Great Granddaughters Isabella & Anastasia and Great Grandson In-law Andrew Garay






1942 Mom with first born son, Sonny


Mom's father Rosendo Lopez


1941 Mom & Dad Military Proud Purple Heart Recipient & POW Germany


1940s Mom's brother Concho and wife Cecilia Lopez Wedding


1940s Relatives Wedding


1941 Mom & Dad


“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Dolores Lopez Martinez, it summarized in every way who she was. She had a quiet demeanor, was modest and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking of others before acting. She was efficient and practical in everything she did. Dolores was a friendly good-hearted person who truly cared about those around her. She had a strong Catholic belief and instilled religious values in her children.

Dolores was born on July 11, 1924 in Kemp, Texas. She was the daughter of Rosendo and Petra Tovar Lopez. Dolores was brought up to be loyal, tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.

As a young girl, Dolores was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Dolores was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Dolores was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Dolores also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Dolores was raised with three siblings. She had two older sisters Augustina and Martina and one younger brother Concepcion. Dolores was constantly involved in family activities. Dolores and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years. It was known that she got along very well with all her siblings throughout her entire life.

Most folks would say that Dolores was shy until they got to know her. Those who were privileged to know her well learned that she was a very loyal and good friend. Dolores was reluctant to generalize about people, and she based her friendships on her personal experiences. Because of this, Dolores best trusted those people that she truly knew. She was concerned about how those around her felt, and she always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. She could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that she made, Dolores kept forever. Later in life, she became friends with Julia Dimas, Josie Martinez, Elodia Martinez, Maria Reyna Martinez, Dona Julia, Lupe Rodriquez, Cecilia Lopez and Celia Martinez.

Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Dolores. In 1941 Dolores married Melesio V. Martinez, Sr. in Karnes City, Texas. She was totally committed to Melesio and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Dolores naturally sensed her spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Dolores disliked conflict, she did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times. She was married to Melesio for 60 years and remained his widow 19 years until the day she passed away October 12, 2020.

Dolores was a loving and caring mother to her children. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Dolores was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she was patient and understanding. Dolores was blessed with five children, two sons Melesio, Jr. and Ruben, three daughters Hortensia, Minerva and Elva. Dolores and Melesio were also blessed with 9 grandchildren, Cynthia Martinez-Hyler (deceased), Thomas Cisneros IV, Daniel Perez, Lisa Martinez-Nicholas, Joey Martinez, Dolores Pulido, Jeffrey Martinez, Melessa Martinez-Palacios and Michael Martinez; 9 great grandchildren Blake Cisneros, Brody Cisneros, Hunter Martinez, Luis Pulido, Jr. (deceased), Lauren B. Garay, Charles D. Nicholas, Jr., Taelor Martinez, Riley Martinez and Abigail Pulido; and 4 great-great grandchildren Isabella Garay, Anastasia Garay, Silas Wamsley-Nicholas and Priscilla Harden.

Dolores’ favorite pursuits were sewing, cooking and shopping for her family. Dolores was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying her hobbies all by herself and could often be found just reading. Dolores had a yorkie terrier, who was her best friend for 5 years. Dolores was as loyal to her pets as they were to her.

Dolores passed away of natural causes on October 12, 2020 at The Hampton at Meadows Place, Texas. She is survived by 3 daughters and Son-In-Law, 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. Services were held at American Heritage Funeral Home. Dolores was laid to rest in Houston National Cemetery.

Dolores was well remembered for her excellent cooking especially her tamales and homemade tortillas. She was also admired for her stylish and fashionable dressing. She always made sure her children were well groomed and well mannered. Those were some of her greatest achievements alongside of being a very devoted wife and mother. Dolores was a trustworthy, loyal and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. Dolores Martinez was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Dolores. She was naturally quiet but did make herself heard when it was necessary and important. She was always the epitome of a lady and will be truly missed.

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