Patricia Ann Martinez
date of birth September 19 1947
date of death July 5 2012
Patricia was born in Benham, Kentucky to parents William and Sarah Cornett on September 19, 1947. She was the second oldest child.
Some girls are born to be mothers. Patricia grew up helping with caring for her younger brothers and sisters starting at a young age. Being the eldest of the daughters, she learned how to be a mother figure before she could finish being a child. When she did become a mother of her own, it meant everything to her. Nothing was more important than being a mother and having a family of her own. Pat married Joe Martinez and they had three children together. Their marriage did not end as a story book romance but she always made sure she showed love to her children no matter what. Being a mother is what kept her going through the good and the bad.
She spent most of her career working hard as a waitress to help support her family. Pat was a thoughtful, compassionate and loving person who most of the time gave more than she’d take. She loved music and dancing and dreamed of learning to dance professionally. She was funny and silly when she felt comfortable enough to let that side of her shine.
I just want anyone that didn’t get to experience these attributes of her to know that she was not only a wonderful mother, sister, aunt and grandmother but she was a unique human being that would be the best friend any person could wish for. In which she would listen to you, advise you; without judgment, and value you as the person you are. She was truly my best friend and I am so proud to say she is also my mother.
Patricia passed away at her home in Portland, Oregon on July 5, 2012 with her three children at her bedside.
Survivors include her son Brian and his wife Kimberly; son Mike and his wife Lianne; daughter Sarah; siblings Bill, Mike, Bob, Mary, Kate, Charlene and Marlene and grandchildren Thyra, Trystan, Sarina and Averie. She is preceded in death by her sister Sarah and her parents William and Sarah Cornett.
A tribute to Patricia’s life will be held at The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother aka “The Grotto” on Sunday, August 12, 2012 @ 1 pm. This was a favorite place for her.
8840 Northeast Skidmore Street Portland, OR 97220 / http://www.thegrotto.org/
Please visit the online guest book at: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary-browse.aspx?recentdate=0&type=1
What "Mother" Means
"Mother" is such a simple word,
But to me there’s meaning seldom heard.
For everything I am today,
My mother’s love showed me the way.
I’ll love my mother all my days,
For enriching my life in so many ways.
She set me straight and then set me free,
And that’s what the word "mother" means to me.
Thanks for being a wonderful mother, Mom!
By Karl Fuchs
30 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Brian Martinez I love you mom!
Candle lit by Sarah Martinez Mama you are the most wonderful woman that I will ever know. I feel so blessed to be a part of you and have the memories that I can always keep with me in my heart and soul. I will take you with me for the rest of my life until I can join you in heaven. I love you so much! Thank you for always loving and guiding me through this journey. I know you are watching over all of us.
Candle lit by Jessica Draewell I love you Aunt Sis.
Candle lit by Charlene and Marlene Cornett Sis, you will be missed. Thank you for caring for us and the others when we were young.Soon we will see you in Heaven. Now you are back home with mom.
Candle lit by Trystan Martinez I love you grandma!
Candle lit by Bill Cornett Sis, I have a lot of memories growing up with you. You and I stood side by side through happy times and through difficulties, too. Being so close in age, you and I shared many childhood activities, from creating mud pies in the yard, wearing out the chains on the swing set, playing endless games on the streets with our neighborhood friends, and walking back and forth daily to grade school. I have loved you and have missed you, even though geography has kept us apart. You created a wonderful family of your own, who love you dearly. We celebrate your life and pray that one day we will be reunited with you in Paradise. God bless and keep you, my dear sister.
Candle lit by Ida Martinez Lovato Pat,I thank God for making you part of my life! Thank you for your beautiful smile and wonderful laugh, but especially THANK YOU for being my sister! You will always be in my heart because I know that someday we will see each other again! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!
Candle lit by Robert S. Cornett Sis,thinking back years ago the words mom used to say "while Im gone Sis is in charge". Little did I know then you were just taking care of us while Mom was gone.You were a good sister whom I've always loved. Save me a seat in heaven and we'll be together again someday. I Love You Sis.
Candle lit by Kimberly Bessette-Martinez
Candle lit by Erin and Jason and Mirakle Crowder Pat you were like another mama to Jason and I, and a grandma to our daughter. We will miss you so much but your smile and love will always stay with us. We are truly blessed to have you be a part in our life, thank you for that. I remember you loosening up and letting go and coming out of your shell, you could be a wild woman mama..:) I am really gonna miss you..we love you!
Candle lit by Brian Martinez Hi Mom-It's me Brian! Not sure if it's okay to light two candles. I'm going to do it anyway! lol! Thank you for being the most wonderful mother to me over the years! It feels strange not to hear your voice anymore or see your smile, and so many other things. I miss the times I would just ramble on, and you never cared how much I rambled. I think we both rambled. lol. Thank you for all you taught me during my life. I will do my best to make you proud. I remember in 1st Grade getting busted for going around the block in Louisville (1976) without your knowledge. I was on roller skates. I think I was in trouble. I believe my punishment was not harsh. Maybe I got one less Hostess Twinkie that week. lol. I do understand now you just wanted me to be safe. Thank you! I hope to see you again one day! I love you, Brian!
Candle lit by Kate Garmon My sister, thank you for the gift of yourself, mostly for touching us all with your beautiful soul. May God bless and keep you in his arms.
Candle lit by Brian Alan Martinez Hi Mom-Me Brian again! You have been in my thoughts many times today! I just wanted to say "Good Night!" It's passed my bedtime! I love you, Brian!
Candle lit by Brian Alan Martinez -I love you mom!
Candle lit by sarah martinez I MISS U SOOOO MUCH MAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Candle lit by Mary Dexter Sis, I just found out from a niece while I was at work that you passed away. I wanted so badly to come and see you last year, but you said no. You held a grudge against me for something that happened between us 34 years ago. When I talked with you on the phone I asked you to forgive and forget, that I had, and again you said no. I don't know why you couldn't just let the past be the past, but you refused. Now, I am crying again for the sister I loved and now it is to late to ask you again, can I come to see you? I have to live with the loss of you, and the loss of never getting to know my niece and nephews. I know you loved Brian, Mike and Sarah with all of your heart and you were a fantastic mother to them. They were your life and you adored them as I know they adored you too. You have always been in my prayers and now you are in heaven and no longer suffering. You will be missed Sis, did you forgive me? I love you.
Candle lit by Kara Martinez I miss you Aunt Pat, I wish I had known you. I had spoken to you on the phone a couple of times when I was 4 or 5 but don't remember much. I really wish you hadn't smoked, but at least you're in a wonderful place now. What I don't understand is how you could treat my mom Mary (your sister) the way you did. You should never hold grudges no matter what. Anyway, I just wanted to say even though I've never seen you, I will still miss you.
Candle lit by Brian Alan Martinez Hi Mom---I love you very much! One of your son's Brian! I'm eating an apple not a Snickers bar right now!
Candle lit by Brian Alan Martinez Mom---It's me again Brian! We are having a memorial for you this weekend at the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother aka “The Grotto” on Sunday, August 12, 2012 @ 1 pm. We love you! Brian
Candle lit by sarah Hi mama-I think about you every day. Every time I get sad I think about all of the wonderful memories that we all have had and that makes me smile:)Thank you for being such a wonderful woman and the best mom. I feel very lucky for this.
Candle lit by Brian Alan Martinez Hello Mom----We had a memorial for you this past Sunday, at the Grotto! It was a very nice memorial and then we went to a park for a picnic. I love you very much and miss you more than words can express! Brian
Candle lit by Brian Alan Martinez Hi Mom--It's me again Brian. I'm going to start dating my tributes so I know when I made them. Date-August 14, 2012
Candle lit by Brian Alan Martinez Hi mom, I love you very much! I think of you every day! Brian. Date-August 25, 2012
Candle lit by sarah martinez I miss you so much and think about you every day! You will always be with me everywhere I go. Thank you for giving me the strength to continue through this journey of life.
Candle lit by Brian Alan Martinez Hi Mom, Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to my dear mom! Happy Birthday to you! I love you very much! I miss you! One of your boys!-Brian! 9-19-12
Candle lit by Sarah Martinez Happy Birthday Mama, my love. I miss you soo much!
Candle lit by Brian Alan Martinez Hi Mom, I love you so very much mom! I miss you! Tomorrow is Halloween! Remember that time when I was in 4th grade in 1978 I was Frankenstein? October 30, 2012
Candle lit by Sarah Martinez It wasn't the same without seeing you yesterday. I know that you were there looking over all of us. I miss you soo much. I think I got your gravy receipe down, you taught me well. Love you!!!
Candle lit by Ida Lovato I miss not being able to talk to you Pat! I think about you often and my memories bring me a smile but also sadness because I miss you so very much and I miss sharing memories with you! It is a new year and I know that you are safe in God's arms! Someday when it is my time I know that you will be one of the persons I will see in the light I have to follow and that makes me happy for you were one of the special persons in my life! Today is March 9, 2013. I love you my dear Patricia! RIP