Our beloved Carmen Martinez peacefully passed away on August 24, 2022, at the age of 65, surrounded by her loved ones after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a one of a kind daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother who was there unconditionally.
She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois in 1957, where she enjoyed wonderful memories with her four siblings growing up with her parents - from walking to school with her siblings to meeting her youngest little brother at the corner of their block where he would give her a ride home on his bicycle. Carmen is the oldest of 5 children, she cared and set an example for her brothers and sisters: Dionisio, Cristina, Rosa and Antonio. All remembered her as an inspiration when growing up and her parents always loved how she took care of them while alive.
After her parents retired and relocated to Mexico, she developed a deep love for the arts. Her oil paintings were renowned in the community and her talent secured her an admission to the University of Guanajuato Architecture School - becoming the first person to ever be admitted to such a prestigious university from her town and first-generation graduate. In 1980, she met her future husband, Emilio Torres, during their educational pursuit and she graduated with both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture specializing in Historic Preservation. She became a well respected urban development & public works state supervisor and faculty member of the National Institute of Anthropology & History of Guanajuato. Notable contributions include the restoration of the Palacio Legislativo (Courthouse), House-Museum of Dr. Mora, Palacio Municipal and an adaptive reuse of the Museo Iconografico del Quijote of the City of Guanajuato.
Carmen returned to the United States and settled in San Antonio, Texas to start a venture in banking and provide a brighter future for her family. She enjoyed working with executive clients by providing excellent service offering primarily in Wealth Management and Finance, as licensed associate and with top financial institutions in the United States. At the pinnacle, she reached to be accepted as principal, which was her aspiration for many years, but unfortunately could not pursue opportunity due to illness. She was an active member of the St. Anthony Claret Catholic Church, keeping in mind the formation and love for education. As such, she contributed by developing religious values of love, charity and honesty for future generations through her catechism classes. She provided a glimmer of hope in their lives that brought great joy to her.
She had many friends and was a well-loved member of the community in Guanajuato, Mexico and San Antonio, Texas. She will be remembered in our thoughts for her values. Always at the forefront her love for God, her family and the respect to work based on ethics, responsibility and honesty. She is survived by husband Emilio Torres, daughter Carmen Torres with son-in-law Deepak Bhatia, and son Daniel Torres with daughter-in-law Milagros Chavez Valdivia and granddaughter Ximena Valentina Torres.
In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday (August 31st) at 12 NOON in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 19 Winter Street, Milford MA. Burial of her cremains will take place at a future date in Mexico.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford MA. Visit www.edwardsmemorialfuneralhome.com for complete obituary & condolence book.