Sandra Madelene Martinez (1957-2005)

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Oak Creek resident Madelene Martinez died suddenly on Aug. 28, 2005, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.

Sandra Madelene Finn was born Aug. 25, 1957, in Gilman to Joseph and Patricia (Rodriguez) Finn. She was raised in various places in Colorado including Montrose, Hot Sulphur Springs, Denver and Oak Creek, where she attended high school.

Madelene worked at Ruby's Restaurant in Oak Creek and for the U.S. Forest Service.

She married Harold Ben Martinez in 1978 and remained with him the rest of her life. They were married on July 23, 1983, in Steamboat Springs and have resided in Oak Creek.

Madelene enjoyed her animals, swimming, camping, fishing, hunting and just being outdoors.

She was a collector of cobalt blue glass and Indian artwork. She loved to be around her family and their children. She also transported senior citizens around the community. Madelene was a very generous person, and her final gift was her decision to be an organ donor.

Madelene is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Jane; and a brother-in-law, John Salazar.

Madelene is survived by her husband, Harold Ben Martinez, of Oak Creek; sisters, Deedee Salazar, of Montrose, Rose and her husband, Juan Maestas, of Montrose, Pamela and her husband, Edward Chavez, of Montrose, and Toni and her husband, Jamie Amrein, of Oak Creek; brothers, Richard and his wife, Lydia Finn, of Denver, Tony and his wife, Dayna Finn, of Arvada, Bert and his wife, Kristi Finn, of Montrose, and Fabian and his wife, Rachel Finn, of Montrose; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives; special friends, Jim and Gail Artz of Oak Creek; and numerous other friends in and around the Oak Creek area.

Memorial services were held Sept. 1, 2005, at the ice rink in Oak Creek with Pastor Rod Krey officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Oak Creek Ambulance Service in care of the First National Bank of the Rockies in Oak Creek.

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