Obituary: Rose Marie (Llamas) Martinez

Rose Marie (Llamas) Martinez, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at Kidron Bethel in North Newton. Rose was born on April 2, 1943, in Newton, the second daughter of seven children to Guadalupe and Marian (Saenz) Llamas.

Rose was a kind and generous person who always had a smile for everyone. She graduated from Newton High School and attended Bethel College. Then, she attended cosmetology school to become a licensed cosmetologist. She married Julian T. Martinez on June 6, 1970; they divorced in 1979. Rose loved kids and spent many years providing care for children in her home.martinez-photo

Rose was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she volunteered and was active on the Altar Society for many years. She also served as the previous president of the Mid-town Towers Tenants Association and served on the Newton Housing Board.

Rose is survived by her companion and best friend of 30 years, Jack Malek; her daughters, Kimberly Sue Martinez of Newton, and Jacqueline Marie Martinez Pullen and her husband Robert Pullen of O’Fallon, Mo.; her sister, Sue and her husband John Rangel of Newton; her sister, Mary and her husband George Short of Wichita; her brother Mark Llamas and Gloria Arellano of Newton; five grandchildren: Jesse, Thomas, Maya Rose, Marissa and Mason; and a number of other relatives and close friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Gary Llamas, Phillip Llamas and Guadalupe Llamas, Jr.

Visitation will be 5 to 9 pm Tuesday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. All are invited to attend the rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, and the funeral mass at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, both at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Both will be led by Father Edmund Kline. Burial will be in the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody with Father Darren May presiding.

Memorials are suggested to Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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