Reycita C. Martinez, Tewa name Sen Teh Poeqwin was born January 24, 1931 in San Juan Pueblo. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jimmy Bo Martinez, her parents Geronimo and Crucita Cata, in-laws Frank and Genera Martinez, brothers Jose, Isidro, Alex and Johnny Cata. She is survived by her sister Teresita Morgan, Daughters Velma Martinez and Louise Gabaldon, Son-in-laws Eddie Martinez and Chris Gabaldon, Grandchildren Cheryl Martinez-Duran and husband Roman Duran, Rocky Martinez, Desiree Martinez, Bryce Gabaldon (and companion Raye Gutierrez), Jude Gabaldon, Cameron Gabaldon, Great Grandchildren Zoe Martinez, Madison Toya, Myles Cruz, LaShae Atencio, and Rhiannon Gabaldon. God Children Nellie Lovato Casey Martinez, and numerous nephews and nieces and extended family.
Reycita Martinez graduated High School from the Santa Fe Indian School and was employed through the Espanola School District working at the San Juan Elementary School. She loved her family dearly and especially enjoyed family gatherings, feast days and holidays, baking her cookies and making tamales. She enjoyed her retirement at the casinos and bingo halls, including trips to Laughlin, Nevada; also playing Pokeno and tag during family gatherings. She was an active member of the Ohkay Owingee Senior Program and participated in the Senior Olympics, placing in the frisbee throw, basketball, softball throw, and soccer. On her leisure time she enjoyed getting her hair styled by Neomi Baldanado and nails manicured by Amy; watching Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Family Feud, and the soap opera Passions.
Reycita Martinez was a devout Catholic attending mass on Sundays until she could no longer attend, thus watching mass services on TV. She was a member of the Holy Family Society, prayed the rosary, and sat with the saints during feast days. She loved her family dearly and was dearly loved by her family; we will forever cherish her compassion, kindness, generosity and love that she bestowed upon all of us.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 7AM at San Juan Catholic Church in Ohkay Owingeh with a burial that followed after. The family of Reycita have entrusted her care to Rivera Family Funeral Home of Española, 305 Calle Salazar, Espanola, NM 87532 (505) 753-2288 riverafamilyfuneralhome.com