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Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home

11800 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD

OBITUARY

Virginia "Virgie" N. Martinez

January 20, 1951June 8, 2019
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Virginia Navarro Martinez, 68, went to her heavenly home on June 8, 2019. Her devotion to her family and firm belief in God supported her during her recent medical struggles and ultimately gave her peace. “Virgie”, known to family and friends, was born to the late Felicissimo and Villaflora Navarro, a former policeman and a homemaker respectively, in Iligan City, Philippines on January 20, 1951. She was immersed in the United Church of Christ (Philippines) at an early age. Virgie became a part of the Christian community in 1974 where she met the Lord in Clark Field Baptist Church, Angeles City. She became completely involved in church ministry at Clark which is also the place where she met her husband, James C. Martinez, retired pastor of Agape Baptist Church, Washington, DC. Consequently, Virgie and James married in 1977, graduated from the Angeles University Foundation in 1979 with Masters in Business Management, and taught at the same university for 13 years. Building a life in Angeles City with James, Virgie was blessed with two daughters. From the very beginning, they dedicated their children to God and brought them to every ministry event. In 1988, the family had an opportunity to migrate to the USA and start a new life together. Virgie was blessed with her first job that soon became her career at the Bureau of National Affairs for twenty-three years as a Research Analyst. With no experience in this field she trusted heavily on her faith to get her through challenging experiences. In 1998, Virgie’s heart was called by God to adopt a son and they soon welcomed him to their family. Raising three children in a new land and working in a new field, Virgie also supported her husband in fulltime ministry. It is in ministry work that Virgie taught her children the meaning of joyfully serving the Lord. Virgie is survived by her husband, James; her daughters, Javee Medina and husband Melvin; Verily Macalino and husband Benjamin “Jr”; her son, Marc Ian Martinez and wife Valeria; her grandchildren Elijah Roy, Caleb Roy, Selah Rae, Arabel Beth’el, Jaycob Nathaniel, Marley James, Levi Jun and Zemirah Rae; younger brother, Ezra Josue & wife Beverly; nephew and nieces, Mherwyn, Mherlyn, Florence, Frederick, Ecclesia, Ezel, Ej and Erech. She is preceded in death by her brother, Emerson Navarro; her parents Felicissimo and Villaflora Navarro.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20904. On Saturday, June 15, 2019 visitation with the family will begin at 10 AM with a funeral service celebrating her life from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Agape Baptist Church, 3920 Alton Place NW, Washington, DC 20016. Interment will take place at Parklawn Memorial Gardens, 12800 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD 20853. A repast will be held in her honor at Agape Baptist Church at 1:30 PM.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Marc Ian N. Martinez, Pallbearer
  • Melvin Roy P. Medina, Pallbearer
  • Benjamin "Jr." Macalino, Pallbearer
  • Fernando "Nonie" Garcia, Pallbearer
  • Genaro "Bang" Pantangco, Pallbearer
  • Chandur Nandwani, Pallbearer
  • Elijah Roy M. Medina, Junior Pallbearer
  • Caleb Roy M. Medina, Junior Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Friday, June 14, 2019
  • Visitation at Church Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, June 15, 2019

Memories

Virginia "Virgie" N. Martinez

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Nikki Ayala

June 15, 2019

Nikki Ayala

June 15, 2019

Modelling the humble spirit of hospitality and servanthood , Auntie and Uncle waited hours for Ray and I to arrive at the airport and treated us to dinner.

We don't mourn as those without hope. Auntie is singing and dancing with my mom and Jesus. See you soon auntie. We love you Martinez family.

Nikki Ayala

June 15, 2019

Nikki Ayala

June 15, 2019

Ezra Josue

June 15, 2019

Manang Virgie, I longed to see you but time did not permit us to see each other before we have been separated by death. You have’nt said goodbye to me as you always said to me before you leave me in my crib before going to your school. That really made me cry.
While I glimpse the past, I cherished your memories as sister-mother to me. I was 6 months old baby, when raising me up was totally left to you by our mother until I aged 6 years old. Recalling those days and nights when you did all possible ways and means beyond your capacity as only 9-year old girl in stature but woman in thoughts and actions. I remembered those nights and days when you sang in amateur contests and bought my baby milk out of your prizes. Every dawn before sun rises, you and Manong Emerson went through coconut farms to pick up fallen coconut fruits to be sold and exchanged for foods in the market. Both of you then every night slipped again through the farms to strip coconut mid ribs to be sold as brooms. Untiringly you also sold banana leaves in exchange for your school supplies. There are more ways you have done to let me live as normal as I can whereas you and Manong were deprived of your rights to play the games that a normal children ought to underwent because of raising me up in your ways of love and passion. You raised me up Manang Virgie that I may grow, glow, and go to tell the world how LOVE is expressed without compensation. If I can only paint your deeds that it may express a thousand words that your actions of love shall forever be marveled. Such LOVE not been compensated because we lived in a distant world but only God knows how thankful and blessed I am to have you as sister-mother in this wonderful life.
These thoughts and memories are forever in my heart.

Javee Medina

June 12, 2019

Mama,

I love you. Many people say I look like you and that is ok with me because you are so unique. There are many things to be impressed by one's Mother but the first and foremost thing I was impressed by was how you still love the Lord our God from the beginning of your life where you spent so much time in poverty. You never had a childhood and yet it is in your older years you truly experienced familial happiness. I am glad to have given you happiness in your life. And as for the times a daughter sometimes stepped away from her mother you still went after me. I'm thankful you fought me to getting my education. I'm thankful that you trained me to be the woman I am now. I can only pray to be 1/4 of the person you are. You we're faithful in the Lord, your marriage life, home life, work and church family. As I serve the Lord in the menial task of support in the local church, I feel close to you like I'm doing what you would be doing. I'm going to miss you terribly on this world. Living without you I don't know how to do but because you have persevered in life I will, too, because you have taught me. Since having children I've been teaching them the values you have taught me. I hope we are the arrows that make you proud to a future you will not see. We will carry the cross forward as you have done before us to be faithful to the Lord most high and to our families second. We love you so much. And we will take care of your Sweety.

Your loving daughter you have named,
Javee M❤️

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"Virgie"

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Wedding day

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"Virgie"

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Wedding day

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Wedding day

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Dove release tradition

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1979 at Angeles University Foundation

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1988 at Jefferson Memorial

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Baby shower for Arabel

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My baller son

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My first grandchild, Elijah