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 Velia <I>Benavides</I> Martin

Velia Benavides Martin

Del Rio, Val Verde County, Texas, USA
Death 7 Oct 2012 (aged 95)
Mertzon, Irion County, Texas, USA
Burial Mertzon, Irion County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 98765077 · View Source
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Velia Benavides Martin, age 95, of Mertzon, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at her residence, surrounded by family. She was born on Aug. 30, 1917, in Del Rio, Texas, to Esiquio and Dominga Benavides. She grew up on a ranch in Carta Valley, Texas, working for the Rosenow family. She was one of eight children who grew up on the ranch. While on the ranch she met Willie Martin, whom she married on Oct. 30, 1940. Shortly thereafter Willie went to the Air Force during World War II. Willie was stationed in Sioux Falls, S.D., for a time before going to England. Velia joined Willie in Sioux Falls and often talked of the harsh winter weather while there. After getting out of the military, Willie and Velia went into the ranching business in Uvalde County until his death. Velia then went to Mertzon where her parents were located. She was preceded in death by her parents, Esiquio and Dominga Benavides; and two brothers, Esiquio Jr. and Daniel Benavides. She is survived by a son, Jimmy Martin of Mertzon; three sisters, Lil Owens of San Antonio, Dale Hocker of Burnet and Molly Gonzales of Mertzon; brothers Richard Benavides and wife Ranae of Hooper, Utah, and Louis and Marilyn Benavides of Smithfield, Utah. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Mertzon Cemetery with Pastor Mark Smith officiating. At Velia's request there will be no visitation at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be her nephews, Donovan Pawelek, Larry Hocker, Chuck Bailey, Wayne Bailey, David Gonzales and John Gonzales. Services are under direction of Shaffer Funeral Home/Sherwood Way. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Mertzon in memory of Velia.

.Published in GoSanAngelo from October 9 to October 10, 2012




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  • Added: 12 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98765077
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Velia Benavides Martin (30 Aug 1917–7 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98765077, citing Mertzon Cemetery, Mertzon, Irion County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Kay (contributor 47092435) .