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Lucy Anne Roberts Martinez, September 21, 1941 – November 10, 2021

Lucy Martinez, beloved wife, mother, and nana, died November 10, 2021. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, September 21, 1941, Lucy had the opportunity to see much of the United States as a child, living in El Paso, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Decatur, Georgia.

After graduating from Fulton High School in Knoxville, Lucy attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee, now King University, where she met Inocencio Martinez (Ino) from San Luis Potosi, Mexico. They were married on July 22, 1961 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Bristol, Virginia. Eager to start a family, their first child Janice Marie was born May of 1962; Barbara Michelle followed in September of 1966, and Thomas Matthew in April of 1971.

By 1972, the family had settled in Chicagoland and Lucy found a new passion for serving God while attending St John’s Episcopal Church in Flossmoor, Illinois. She sang in the choir, was the directress of the Altar Guild, a member of Daughters of the King, and became a Lay Reader. Later in the north suburbs of Chicago, Lucy became a Lay Eucharistic Minister at St Mary’s Episcopal Church in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She then took on four years of intensive study to become a Deacon. She was ordained at St James Episcopal Cathedral on December 7, 1991 in downtown Chicago.

Ino’s work took the Martinez family to Kennesaw, Georgia where Lucy served as a Deacon at St Clement’s Episcopal Church in Canton. She took on a key administrative role during the church’s extended search for a new rector. She and Ino were a part of that community for over 20 years. They retired to Savannah in spring of 2018 where they became members of St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. They were also integral members of their neighborhood community.

Lucy was loving and devoted to her husband and family. She always put her children first and she offered enthusiastic support for their dreams. She remained close to her sister and extended family members as well as people from her church communities over the years. Lucy loved to travel in the United States and abroad. She loved visiting children and grandchildren and found her greatest joy in hearing her family laughing together.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Inocencio Martinez, and her parents, Nita Janice Smith Roberts and John Harrison Roberts. She is survived by daughters Janice Marie Martinez (spouse Larry Anastasia), and Barbara Michelle (Bambi) Martinez (spouse Scott Prieb), and son Thomas Matthew Martinez (spouse Alicia Roth Martinez); grandchildren Madison Olivia Martinez, Sheridan Michelle Prieb, Luke Harrison Martinez, and Emily Hope Martinez. Lucy is also survived by her sister Barbara Lynn Roberts Sydell.

There will be a Celebration of Life worship service at a date, time, and place to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Arthritis Foundation or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Online Condolences

  1. Janice Gehrig says:

    Dear Matt, Alicia and family,
    I’m very sorry for the loss of your mom. Being able to say I’ve met both your parents and share stories is such an honor to me. Nothing replacements those memories.

  2. Maria del pilar says:

    Mis condolencias para sus hijos y nietos por el fallecido mi tía Lucy. Ella regreso a la casa del padre!

    My condolences to your children and grandchildren for the late my aunt Lucy. She returned to the Father’s house!

  3. Montserrat, Gabriela y Juana Inés E. Martinez says:

    Queridos primos y sobrinos.
    Familia entera de Tía Lucy.
    Que el Señor les consuele ante su partida a la casa del Padre. Tengan la certeza de que las obras por ella hechas a lo largo de su vida son una manifestación de amor a Dios y a ustedes.

    Mis oraciones por su eterno descanso, seguirá estoy fue recibida por nues Padre Celestial y goza de su presencia.
    A ustedes les hago llegar un fuerte abrazo amoroso, de parte de mis hijas y mío. Ruego a Dios por cada uno.
    Con amor su prima y sobrinas:

    Montserrat, Gabriela Mónica y Juana Inés Estrada Martinez.

    Descanse en paz Tía Lucy y brille para ella la luz eterna.

    Dear cousins ​​and nephews.
    Aunt Lucy’s whole family.
    May the Lord comfort you before your departure to the Father’s house. Rest assured that the works she has done throughout her life are a manifestation of love for God and for you.

    My prayers for your eternal rest, I will continue to be received by our Heavenly Father and enjoy his presence. I send you a strong loving hug from my daughters and myself. I pray to God for each one.

    With love your cousin and nieces:

    Montserrat, Gabriela Mónica and Juana Inés Estrada Martinez.

    Rest in peace Aunt Lucy and let eternal light shine for her.

  4. Jackie and Alfred Clauson says:

    Bambi and family – we are so very sorry to hear about the news of your mother’s passing. We met them a few times in Savannah and enjoyed their company.

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Clauson Family

  5. Larry Longo says:

    Nuestra comunidad aquí en Savannah extrañará a nuestra querida amiga y vecina Lucy como nosotros extrañamos a Ino. Esta pareja brindó amistad y una sonrisa interminable a todos los que los conocieron. Agradecemos a Dios que tuvimos la bendición de tenerlos con nosotros durante unos años y gracias a Dios que se reunieron nuevamente en un lugar de gozo eterno.

    Our community here in Savannah will miss our dear friend and neighbor Lucy as we miss Ino. This couple gave friendship and an endless smile to everyone who knew them. We thank God that we were blessed to have them with us for a few years and thank God they gathered again in a place of eternal joy.

  6. Monica Patel says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  7. Josefina Martínez says:

    Lamento mucho su pérdida Dios les de fortaleza bendiciones

    I am very sorry for your loss God give you strength blessings

  8. Anne (Hilliard) Smith says:

    My prayers are with you all. I have such wonderful memories of your mom. She will be missed.

  9. Juana Sofia Estrada de Deutsch says:

    Mis condolencias para ustedes primos y familiares de mi tía Lucy, ella descansa en brazos de Dios.
    Que el Señor les llene de fortaleza en estos momentos difíciles.
    Fuerte abrazo ‍♀️

    My condolences to you cousins ​​and relatives of my aunt Lucy, she rests in the arms of God.
    May the Lord fill you with strength in these difficult times.
    Strong hug

  10. Betty Buenning says:

    To all the family, know that we are holding you all in prayers. So many wonderful memories with your folks from St. Mary’s. I remember taking food to Lucy and Ino after her knee replacements. Ino taught us to make fajitas. We were blessed to know them and you all. Grief is a long difficult journey and know we are all supporting you through this with our prayers..

  11. Michael Klawin says:

    Bambi and family – I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She has gone to heaven but will forever remain in your hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Gail Gordon says:

    Mrs. Lucy was a very sweet lady! She always had a smile on her face. She will be dearly missed in our neighborhood. She is with her dear husband again. To her family, you all are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort all of you during the loss of your dear mother.

  13. Joe & MaryAnn Rudzinskas says:

    We were both privileged to spend a lot of time with Lucy over the last several months, our conversations were filled with our love of God and family. I know that she was not afraid of dying because she knew she would reunite with Ino. What a Joy it was to have this amazing loving couple in our neighborhood. Thoughts, Prayers & Love go out to all of their Family and friends ♥️

  14. Sue and Tim Pinder says:

    To all Lucy’s family.

    We are so sad to learn today via Facebook that Lucy recently passed away. We met her and Ino when we all lived in Kennesaw, Ga., and we enjoyed their company on many occasions until they retired to Savannah.

    We have lovely memories of your Mom, and have you all in our thoughts, especially as today is Thanksgiving when you would be celebrating together.

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