Bernice C Martinez

It is with great sadness that the family of Bernice C Martinez announce that she went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 27, 2022.

Bernice was born on October 24, 1936, in San Juan, New Mexico.  The family later moved to Flagstaff Arizona where she grew up, married and raised her children.

Bernice who also went by Bea, had many firsts.  She and her late husband were the first Hispanic couple to be married in the Church of the Nativity in Flagstaff Arizona.  Bernice was also the first Hispanic DJ in Northern Arizona for a radio station who played Hispanic music.

She worked for the Volume Shoe Corporation for nine years in Flagstaff before relocating to Kingman Arizona to open a new store for them.  Bernice worked for the Volume Shoe Corporation for many years and received numerous awards for her management skills.

She is survived by her children: Angie Moya, Pamela Wadlow (Nicholas Wadlow), Julie Sides (Jerry Sides), Jake Moya and Phillip Chavez.  By her grandchildren: Jerr A. Martinez, Jamie Adela Martinez, Sarah D. Anaya, Adrienne T. Wright (Kris M.Wright), Kimberly Ann Sides and Patrick Stuart Sides (Taarna Sides).  And by her great grandchildren: Alexandra, Zaethandra, Mateo, Marcos, Diego, Feather, DeeSember, Robert (Miara), Orion, Oliver, Eisabel, and Kristopher Jr.

She is also survived by her Siblings: Emma Roberts, Leroy Chavez (Debbie), Flaviano Chavez (Delores), Vera Tapia and Margie Tiede.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jacobo and Adela Chavez, her brother Phillip Chavez, her sister Felonice and brother Ralph Chavez who both died at infancy.

In leu of flowers, we ask that a donation be made in her name to her favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

The Celebration of Bernice’s life will be held at La Paloma Funeral Services, 5450 Stephanie St., Las Vegas, Nevada 89122 on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 1:00 p.m.

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