Martha Delrio Green, 87, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Martha was born on July 29, 1933 to Benito Delrio Cuevas and Maria Preciado De Delrio in Sayula, Jalisco.
She is preceded in death by her husband Richard Merton Green, father Benito Delrio Cuevas, mother Maria Preciado De Delrio, and her daughter Dorothy M. Green.
She is survived by her sons: Timothy B. Green, Lawrence B. Green, daughter April Delrio Green, and 15 grandchildren.
Martha grew up in Mexico with her brothers and sisters on a large family ranch with horses and farm animals. She went to a school for girls in Mexico run by nuns. She learned to sew clothes, farm vegetables, and learned art. She was taught by some of the best artists in Mexico at the school and became a very talented artist and painter.
When she met Richard Merton Green she thought he was very handsome. She asked him to take her out like superman, so he showed her around town. They got married in April 1964 in Mexico and started a family. They left Mexico but came back frequently to visit family through the years. They moved to the states, where Martha worked at daycares with babies and toddlers. She enjoyed making murals of children’s story book characters on the daycare walls and windows. She taught her youngest daughter April how to paint so they could create huge artworks on the windows and walls of Kinder Care daycare centers, Bright Beginning daycare centers, and many nursing home facilities throughout Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both very much loved doing this together to help put a smile on many children and elderly folk. April later went to college for art to carry on the tradition.
Martha truly loved art and practiced many other crafts as well. She took up sewing and quilting, among other things for many years. Martha enjoyed going shopping at yard sales, antique stores, art stores, and quilt shops. She liked taking family trips where she got to sight-see along the way and draw what she saw in her sketch book. She adored her plants so much that she talked to them and even named them. She loved her cats & had many family pets over the years. John Wayne movies, Bob Ross, sewing shows and Spanish novellas were among some of her favorite things to watch. Martha was a lucky bingo player, winning many times. Going to church was important for her, as well as going out to eat with her friends when she got older. Martha helped April with her grandchildren when they lived close by and visited her other grandkids when she could travel. She adored all 15 of her grandchildren, and especially loved and cared for her grandchild with cerebral palsy. Martha was always supportive of her through every doctor’s appointment since her granddaughter was a little girl. She made dresses for her granddaughters and their toy dolls. Martha even took some of her grandchildren with her to her work every day to the daycare, they cherished that time with their grandma.
Martha was very blunt and outspoken, she was one tough lady. She often would make jokes and sing spanish songs to her children and grandchildren. She was funny and feisty and loved to have fun even when things got a little crazy. April remembers going to the grocery store with her mom as an adult one time because she said she wanted to get some jalapeños. Martha went to the fresh ones she grabbed one of the hottest ones and ate it right there in the store. April said “Mom you’re not supposed to do that here, you need to pay for that first”. She ignored April and just smiled. Martha said she would tell the cashier that she ate a few and would pay for them at checkout, but by that time her mouth was too hot for her to talk. April had to tell them for her that she ate 2 and needs a drink as soon as possible. Workers rushed to help her that day and she proceeded to do that many more times but she learned never to grab the hottest one again. Spanish food was Martha’s favorite, along with coffee. She had fun dancing and telling you exactly what was on her mind.
All of these attributes make Martha’s memory unforgettable to her family. She will be forever loved and greatly missed by her relatives and friends.
Martha will be laid to rest with her husband Richard at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm. The graveside service will be live streamed on Salazar Mortuary's facebook page at the following link https://www.facebook.com/SalazarFunerals/ The livestream will start when the service begins.
Due to the COVID restrictions set in place by the Governor masks are MANDATORY to attend the Burial. Santa Fe National Cemetery has a capacity of 25 people allowed per service.
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