Maria Louisa "Mary Lou" Martinez

August 19, 1922 - November 25, 2017
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It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Louise Martinez announce her peaceful passing at home on Saturday afternoon, November 25th, 2017, after a brief illness.

Mary Lou was born as the sun rose on August 19th, 1922 in Beaumont, TX, to Virginia and Juan Flores. Her family moved to Galveston in 1937, and soon after she began working at a photography studio which she later owned with her sister, Isabelle. It was here that she met her beloved husband of 53 years, Jose Didio Martinez, Sr.  He was an army soldier stationed at Ft. Crockett.

Mary was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother, as well as an incredible homemaker. She was employed by U.T.M.B. for many years as a seamstress.  Mary Lou enjoyed cooking delicious homemade Mexican dishes for her family, sewing beautiful dresses for her daughters including bridal gowns and evening formals, and reading everything she could, including her favorite, The Galveston Daily News. She was also an active long-time member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jose Didio Martinez, Sr., daughter Leonora Martinez, her parents Virginia and Juan Flores, and siblings Manuel Ramos, Juanita Rodriguez, Lasaro Flores, Isabelle Ortiz, and Frances Lopez.

Survivors include her son, Didio Martinez, Jr., (Patricia), Virginia Garza, Christina Martinez, and Rachel Mayorga, (Javier).  She also leaves behind nine grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren who will miss her deeply.  Mary also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews who lovingly called her “Aunt Lou Lou”.  Along with many dear friends, she also leaves cherished family friends including Carmen Molina, Charlotte Romero, Wella Hernandez, Sara Pena, and Pete Hernandez.

The family would like to thank Karen Crummett Sawyer and BeBe Rizzo for their many years of spiritual service and devotion to our mother. Also, we would like to thank everyone at Texas Home Healthcare including nurses Gloria, La Toya, Celeste and Mary, aides Yolanda and Sharon, Chaplain Dave, and especially Sandy Alanis for their loving care and compassion for our mother.

Friends may call Sunday, December 3, at 2:00 P.M. at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, with a rosary being recited at 3:00 P.M.  A funeral mass will be held Monday, December 4, at 11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with interment following at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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There will be a rosary at 3:00 pm.

Service Information

Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

Time: 12:15 pm

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Born: August 19, 1922
Died: November 25, 2017

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Richatd Ruiz posted on 12/3/17

My condolence to the family of Mary Lou Martinez. A lot of good memories when growing up.


Aurora Sanchez Romero posted on 12/2/17

Virginia, Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your and your family. Aurora Sanchez Romero


M.Jones posted on 12/2/17

My condolences to the family of Mrs. Martinez May you find comfort in God's promise to wipe all tears from every eye (Revelation 21:4), and may the precious memories support you during this difficult time.


mike cacioppo posted on 11/30/17

Leonora & I were friends in college & soul mates for life. Because of our relationship I found myself at every Martinez family event. I was always welcomed with open arms, good food, a smile & a place at Mrs. M's dinner table. No one made you feel more loved than Mrs. M. She had that way that only a mother can have-that she is going to love you no matter what. I always thought that if I ever needed a place to stay, food to eat, medical care etc-Mrs. M. would take me in-take care of me no questions asked. May God bless her & her family. Love & prayers-Mike Cacioppo


Karen Crummett posted on 11/30/17

my Sundays will never be the same not bringing her communion. We loved holding hands hers was always cold and mine was always hot. To her " clan" she talked about her love of you all often. May she rest in peace and dancing in heaven...


SM posted on 11/29/17

Family of Ms. Mary Lou, I am truly sorry for your loss. May you gain comfort by pouring out your heart to God in prayer for he cares for you. 2Cor 1:3-4