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Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

6321 Bandera Road, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Mary Helen Martinez

August 7, 1940June 19, 2020
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Mary Helen Martinez entered eternal rest on June 19, 2020 at the age of 79. Born in Chicago, Illinois on August 7, 1940 to Jesus Delgado and Heriberta Escamilla; she now reunites with her parents. Mary Helen was preceded in death by her brother Hilario “Lalo” Delgado, sister Angelica Estrada and grandson Luke Henry Martinez. Mary Helen is survived by and leaves behind to cherish her memories her loving husband of 54 years, Henry Perez Martinez; sister Armandina Delgado, sister Yolanda Hagberg, brother Martin Delgado and brother Jesse Delgado; children, Bertha Jane (Toni) Martinez Rodriguez, Henry Patrick Martinez, Marissa Martinez Edgecombe and Kristina Martinez Tijerina; son-in-law Oscar Tijerina and daughter-in-law Stephanie Sierra; grandchildren, Marcus Rey Rodriguez, Thomas Rey Rodriguez, Benjamin Edward Tijerina, James Christian Edgecombe, Madeleine Grace Tijerina, Emma Lucia Tijerina, Madison Sierra Martinez, Taylor Marie Martinez; great-grandson, Roman Rey Rodriguez; and numerous other relatives and friends. Mary Helen was a beautiful soul and an amazing person. A retiree of American Cancer Society – Houston, Mary Helen dedicated her life to “the cause” of assisting women diagnosed with cancer. Her inspiration was that she was a multiple-time cancer survivor herself, and she wanted women to have hope and inspiration, particularly those in the Spanish speaking community. Mary Helen’s greatest love was her family, both immediate and extended. She possessed an extra-ordinary capacity to love unconditionally and her love had no boundaries. Her most precious moments were time spent with family, especially being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will forever be remembered for her devout faith, beautiful smile, comforting touch, active participation in family events and as a wonderful friend. The family will be receiving guests at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Helotes, TX on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday July 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church in Helotes, TX. Private interment will follow at a later time.

Services

  • Family Receiving Guests

    Monday, July 6, 2020

  • Rosary

    Monday, July 6, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Memories

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Mary Burnette

July 9, 2020

mary burnette

July 9, 2020

Mark Delgado... addopted by the family when he was 2... Mary Helen was a wonderful aunt. The family accepted Mark like one of their own. Hilario was a wonderful, attentive father... thank you Mary Helen and Henry for making Mark a part of your family.

Mary burnette

July 9, 2020

She was my sister in law. Hilario was my son's adopted father. Wonderful woman, sweet and kind. She will be missed!

Lupita Escamilla

July 9, 2020

Martinez, Delgado Family.

Our deepest condolences to the family. Prayers are with you. May she Rest In Peace.

Pita, Greg and Gabriel Gutierrez

Gaby Segura

July 8, 2020

The world lost a beautiful soul; Mary Helen was an angel on earth. We love Tia Hail Mary (as our kiddos affectionately referred to her) so much. She was the bright spot in our day every time she came around. Words can’t express how sorry we are for your loss. We’ll hold her in our hearts for ever.

Anita Munoz

July 7, 2020

My deepest condolences to you Henry and your loving family. I remember Mary Helen being so helpful in everything she worked in, she had a beautiful smile and sweet laugh. I thank God for helping us to become friends.
Your Friend in Christ,
Anita

Alice Aguilar

July 7, 2020

To the Martinez Family
When you opened your eyes this morning, the Lord had already gone before you, anticipating just what your heart will need as He walks with you through this time of loss.

Hope you feel His tender loving care and the heartfelt prayers of many who are thinking of you with love.

In Caring Sympathy,
Alice Aguilar and Family, - Marc Aguilar,
Patricia Okruhlik & Leticia George

Leticia Turner

July 7, 2020

To the Martinez Family,
My deepest condolences on the loss of Mary Helen Martinez. She was a devoted parishioner at St. Ambrose Catholic Community, Houston, TX prior to retiring to Helotes. I enjoyed her friendship and mentoring for many years. With Henry always at her side, she worked so lovingly with all the ministries to serve the needs of the parish. Mary Helen was a beautiful person inside and out. Always gracious and eager to serve her God by being a friend and giving her all. I admired her cancer fight and know she now deserves the rest she receives with our heavenly Father. May you find comfort in the memories she has left you.
God Bless you all, Leticia Turner

Janie Yzquierdo

July 6, 2020

To the Family of Mary Helen
Martinez,
With my deepest Sorrow.
Mary Helen was a good friend.
And I loved her. And may God
be with you.
Janie H. Yzquierdo

Charles & Liz Escamilla Fuentes

July 6, 2020

Henry, sending our love and most heartfelt condolences to all the family. Mary Helen was a beautiful, classy lady and she will be greatly missed. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

She was so supportive of her children .. attending a filming of Bubbletalk

FROM THE FAMILY

I am my mother’s child.. traveling together to Monterrey Mexico 2016 .. she taught me to be myself.

FROM THE FAMILY

She will always be my light..
Monterrey, Mexico
2017

FROM THE FAMILY

Thanksgiving in
Hondo, Tx
The Martinez Girls

FROM THE FAMILY

Thanksgiving in
Hondo,Tx
Mom and her girls

FROM THE FAMILY

Marissa’s Bday
Mom loved having her grandchildren and great children around her

FROM THE FAMILY

Thomas Rey Graduation Party June 2020
Helotes, TX

FROM THE FAMILY

She called Thomas Rey “ the Apple of her eye”

FROM THE FAMILY

Mom with Benjamin Edward