Zelda Martinez 1923-2017
Zelda Mitchell Martinez, 94, Topeka, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at The University of Kansas Health System-St. Francis Campus.
She was born June 21, 1923, in Mayetta, the daughter of Joe and Angeline Battese Mitchell.
Mrs. Martinez was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
She married Logie R. Martinez on Feb. 8, 1948, in Topeka. He died Aug. 4, 2008. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Ralph Joseph Martinez and Ralph A. “Sonny” Martinez; a sister, Cecelia Mitchell; a brother, Andrew Mitchell; and a grandson, Michael Fitzgerald.
Survivors include two daughters, Laura J. Thackery and Sheila Fitzgerald, both of Topeka; a son, Manuel J. Martinez, Topeka; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Shipshee Cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. today (Monday) at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church or Shipshee Cemetery, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.