Helen Martinez

August 14, 1932October 19, 2018

Helen Martinez rose to meet the Lord on Friday; October 19, 2018 after living in fragile health for several years. Born in Artesia, New Mexico on August 14, 1932 Helen was one of seven children born to Angelita and Bentura Palafox. She went to work early in a small dairy and then the fields and weighed cotton for the mill before marrying Leonard Cabral Martinez May 29, 1954 in Monahans, Texas. Together they raised five children while Helen was actively involved in the Legion of Mary through St Mary’s Catholic Church Odessa, Texas for 60 years.

Helen is survived by: her husband; Leonard, her brothers; Cornelio Palafox, Cido Moreno, her sister; Stefana Cortinas and her husband Jesse, her daughters; Nellie Torres and husband Larry, Karen Jones and husband Michael, her sons; Martin Martinez and wife Nattie, Z. Luis Martinez and wife Jeanie, Benjamin Martinez, her grandchildren; Luisa Torres, Landon Nicolas Torres and wife Lisa, Megan Martinez, Toni Moreno Castillo, AnJanette Moreno, Great-granddaughter Emily Galindo.

Helen was always a friend and helped her neighbors. A devout Catholic. She loved the Lord, lived her faith and was prepared to meet the Lord. She lived her Christian life by the prayer of St. Frances of Assisi.


  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Helen Martinez

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Sandra Ator

October 23, 2018


Please have peace over your mother’s passing knowing you gave her the devoted love and care she needed.

My prayers are with you and your Dad.

Love you
Sandy Ator