Gloria U. Martinez

November 20, 1939 - August 13, 2020
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Our beloved songbird received her wings from our Lord to sing amongst the angels. Gloria Uribe Martinez, age 80, ascended peacefully to heaven on Thursday, August 13th, 2020 in the comfort of her home in Laredo, Texas surrounded by loved ones. During the last 12 years of Gloria’s life, she battled Alzheimer’s that was accompanied by other health conditions.

Gloria was a devout Catholic all her life. If she was not working as a caregiver or spending time with her grandchildren, she was dancing away with the Ballet Folklorico church group or volunteering her time in church events. Gloria was the eldest in her family and helped her mother care for her younger siblings. She put others needs before her own and found joy in singing and dancing. When she spoke, she was assertive but kind, and when she was humorous her face lit up and her eyes smiled. Throughout her life she exuded strength and grace and it is no wonder she married her equal “El Super” because she herself was just as super. We find peace and comfort in knowing she is reunited with her beloved husband and mother. Gloria’s song will forever echo in our memories and in our hearts.

A special thank you to Father Hector Flores who brought church and prayer to Gloria and Nurses on Wheels for their exceptional care and compassion. We would like to thank Jessica Lozano for putting together this beautiful write up of our beloved Gloria.

Mrs. Martinez is preceded in death by her husband; Jose H. Maritnez; mother, Blasa Bueno.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Griselda (Javier) De Leon, Jackie (Luis Ambrosio) Gonzalez, Jose Humberto Martinez Jr., Jeanette (Ricardo) Flores; grandchildren, Rosalie De Leon, Javier (Jeminah) De Leon Jr., Jessica (Louie) Lozano, Karina I. Gonzalez, Vanessa Chapa, Felicia (JeanKarlo) Rivera, Stephanie Martinez, Luis Martinez, Humberto Martinez, Josette Flores, Madison Flores; great-grandchildren, Leleyna Mendoza, David Cruz, Louie Lozano, Hannah De Leon, Samantha Carreon, Destiny Ramos, Tommie Benavides, Adalee E. Hemenway; siblings, Tina (Humberto+) Cardenas, Rosalinda (Ernesto) Castro, Sanjuanita (Javier) Zamora; nieces, nephews, Humberto Jr. and Gilberto Cardenas, Jaime (Lina) Castro, Lizette Castro, Javier Jr. and Rene Zamora; also survived by other family members and many friends.

The family will be receiving guests, Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A Holy Rosary will start at 7:00 pm. Following the rosary a eulogy will be given by Rosalinda Castro. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at San Martin de Porres Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will begin at 9:00 am. Interment will follow to the Laredo City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Javier De Leon, Jr., Javier Zamora, Luis A. Gonzalez, Jerry Lopez, Johnny Lopez, Tito Cardenas and Ricardo “Ricky” Saldaña.

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services


1320 Trey Dr.
Laredo, Texas 78041

A Holy Rosary will begin at 7:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Time: 9:00 am

San Martin de Porres Catholic Church


1704 N. Sandman
Laredo, Texas 78041

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

City Cemetery


3200 N Meadow Ave
Laredo, Texas 78040


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Born: November 20, 1939
Died: August 13, 2020

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Maria De Leon posted on 11/17/20

I hadnt been able to get the courage to say goodbye to you . Mami you became my best friend and mentor I regret giving you so much heartache when i was younger you meant so much to me and still do you taught me everything i know I owe you so much and can never will be able to repay you. I Love you dearly my sweet Lady it was my greatest honor to takecare of you and still I feel it was not enough .I know someday we will be together again but until then you and Deddy wll be in my heart ! Rest in peace mi Reynita hermosa ! Your daughter Gigi


Javier De Leon posted on 8/26/20

Belita para mi fue un honor tener la como mi suegra mi segunda madre usted me dio muchas lecsiones en mi vida me acabo de criar como le decias a hotros. Mi gran placer fue devolver un poco de lo que usted me dio y niunca podre pagarle a usted y a mi suegro toda su ayuda. Para mi sigira viviendo en mi corazon. Muy pronto nos veremos en el paraiso que Jehova Dios nos a prometido.. Que descanse en pas Belita mia . Su llerno Javier


Leleyna posted on 8/20/20

When someone passes away in your life there may be three things that come to mind: sadness, the thoughts of “I should have ...” and “What if ...”. While I’m thankful I got the chance to say goodbye; over the past week my heart has been feeling quite heavy. There are so many things I wanted to experience with my great grandma like her watching me walk down the isle, showing her my bachelors degree, her meeting her great great grandchild, and watching her walk into a home that I own. But then I look back and remind myself how grateful I should be for all the memories she has given me, even the little ones like making breakfast for my cousin and I before school. I’m so lucky to have known her for as long as I did, I only hope she knew how much I loved her and how grateful I was for everything she did for my mom and I. And while she’s not physically here I know that her and my great grandpa are watching over me in the midst of completing all of my goals. I know that they are in the most beautiful kingdom of them all finally together again.


Luis Martinez posted on 8/20/20

Hey Grandma I want to say that I love you and I’ll miss you. I’ll always remember looking to you when I felt scared as kid. I always felt that everything was ok because Grandma was there. You were a pillar of faith and strength in the family. Thank you for so many great memories. Tell Grandpa I love him and miss him too. With all of my heart, Luis


Humberto Martinez posted on 8/20/20

Rest easy grandma. I LOVE YOU!


Louie Orion Lozano posted on 8/19/20

“Huh-huh,” I hear a low chuckle behind me as I watch cartoons and eat my snack. I am 7 years old, and I am not watching tv alone. My Little Grandma is also having a snack and my Grammy is helping her. Little Grandma spoke more last summer, and when she glares off, it makes me sad. Sometimes when she looks at me, I can tell in her eyes that if she could smile at me, she would. I love my Little Grandma and I know she loves me because my Grammy tells me for her that she does. Grammy sings to me for her too. She sings to me a song Little Grandma sang to me when she could. I am 12 years old now, and for as long as I can remember, I have spent my summers in Laredo with my grandparents, and that means my Little Grandma too. She is a part of my memories, and at the end of each school year I look forward to making more. This year has been different, and I miss grandparents more than ever. I feel that this summer is lost and with it my Little Grandma too. There will always be a special piece missing in the memories made while visiting in Laredo. I know in my heart that even though I cannot hear the low chuckles while I watch tv and eat my snack, I am not alone. I love you Little Grandma and I will miss you so much! -Little Louie


David Cruz posted on 8/19/20

Dear grandma, I love you a lot and I will always miss you and remember you being there when we needed you.


Rosalie posted on 8/19/20

You were my second Mum, my best were everything to me. You have joined my Gramps. I will always miss you both. The times we ate, talked and laughed together. ? I'm happy that I spent those Wonderful times with you both. It has not been easy for me to say Goodbye... I love you both so much ❤ always and forever ? Thank you for everything, Gramps and Grandmum ~ LOVE, The Kid


Josie posted on 8/19/20

Thank you for all of the beautiful memories, grandma. You showed me how to have courage and to handle tough obstacles with grace and dignity. You and grandpa were my best friends, helped me to have a close relationship with God and always encouraged to let his presence shine brightly. One day, I hope I will be able to selflessly love another, the way you and him loved our entire family. I will hold you and grandpa in my heart, forever.


Hannah H De Leon posted on 8/19/20

Buelita Gloria.... Bendicion tuvimos en conocerla, Dios decidio el preciso momento en que era tiempo de llevarla a descansar. Extranare visitarle en su cuarto, mirar con usted las coloridas peliculas... su ausencia dolera pero tenemos el consuelo en nuestro Padre Celestial. We love you "Buelita Gloria"


Madison Flores posted on 8/18/20

Love you so much grandma you will always be in my heart❤️


Teresa B. Fernandez posted on 8/18/20

From Teresa Bueno Fernandez and family. You will be in our prayers and thoughts, and our deepest sympathy. God bless you, Love Tere.


Ricardo Flores posted on 8/18/20

Love you Suegra, Thank you for always being there for me and for accepting my family into yours, you will be greatly missed. I thank the Lord for you and for the greatest gift I could ever receive, my girls Jeanette Jossette & Madison. Till we meet again, give the big guy a big hug for me and tell him I love & miss him! > Ricky


Velma Castillo posted on 8/18/20

My deepest condolences to the Martinez family. May God give you strength and guidance during this difficult time.


Anna Kazen Brewster posted on 8/18/20

My very heart felt condolences. Gloria was such a big part of my life growing up. I treasure the memories I have of those beautiful times, I will always have her, Mami Blasa and all of you, in my heart and prayers. Anna (Chunky) Kazen Brewster.


Magdalena Benavides posted on 8/18/20

I am immensely sorry for your loss. I have known your mom for 35 years and she was wonderful to Felicia and me. I pray that God will give you strength and fortitude during this time. I hope you will remain together as siblings and as the family that you are because you know that is what she would have wanted for you all. Many blessings, Maggie Benavides


Victor and Billie Cabrera posted on 8/15/20

Words may never be enough to express the heartfelt sorrow that Billie and I feel for the passing of your mother our cousin Gloria. Please accept our condolences from our heart. She will be dearly missed by all during her lifetime.