Lifelong Winters resident Anna Rubio Martinez passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 after a brief illness. Born on April 30, 1933 to Spanish immigrants Juliana and Miguel, she was the youngest girl of 13 children.
Growing up in the Olive School Lane area, Anna developed a strong work ethic and a love of the country. She married Daniel Carrion Martinez on Nov. 13, 1949. They had a beautiful life together, raising three children and running their own family orchard. In addition to helping run the family ranch, she worked at Valley Farmers Co-op and later in life, until retirement, at Mariani Nut Company.
Anna was proud of her Spanish heritage and Winters roots. She was affectionately named Franny by her grandchildren, but because of her warmth and friendliness she also came to be known as Franny by many. Her happiness was the simple things in life; her family, her faith, weekly coffee with her brother Peter and her sisters, walks in the country, the color blue, gardening, riding her bike, reading, and attending her great-grandchildren Mason and Rylie’s sporting events. She was a member of the St. Anthony Church Choir where she loved to sing.
She will be greatly missed by her daughter Juanita Martinez-Friex and husband Doug; son-in-law Jesse Martinez; grandchildren Jerod Martinez, Kristin Schroeder and husband Shaun, Laini Start and husband Dave, Jonathan Martinez and wife Christina, Megan Martinez-Montes and husband Adrian, and Jenna, Erin, and Ashlee Martinez; great-grandchildren Mason and Rylie Schroeder, Jackson, Ella and Sophia Start, and Ava Martinez.
Anna is also survived by her sisters Faustina Carillo, Julia Gonnella, Carmen Soulier and her husband Bob, and Josie Cuberos and her husband Ralph as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her church family at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Anna is preceded in death by her husband Daniel, her daughter Julie and son Danny, 8 siblings, and her parents.
A Catholic rosary was held Tuesday, May 16, and a Catholic memorial service was held Wednesday, May 17, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Winters Library or Sutter Health Hospice.