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Stephanie Martinez

Stephanie Elaine Martinez

Monday, October 20th, 1952 - Friday, October 11th, 2019
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Obituary

“A Recipe for Life and Love”

5 pinches of feisty.
A dash of wit.
A pound of steel.

All mixed with intelligence, loyalty, and love, and baked for 66 years. Stephanie Elaine Martinez was born on October 20, 1952 in Annotto Bay, Jamaica. She was the 9th of Franklin and Gladys Crosse’s 10 children, known affectionately as “Elaine”. As a little girl, she enjoyed climbing trees and playing outside with her siblings. Though she was often ill and very delicate,
she didn’t let that stop her!

In 1969, Stephanie and her family immigrated to the United States, settling in Washington DC. She graduated from Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in 1972. It was soon after her new life in America began that she was diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Despite this devastating diagnosis, she remained fiercely independent, and pushed forward. She began working in various facilities as a secretary, a hospital unit secretary, and eventually in medical billing.

In 1978, she met the love of her life, Tony Martinez, and after a whirlwind romance, they married in May of 1979. In 1982, their only daughter, Angelina was born. Stephanie was a dedicated, nurturing mother and wife, and her family meant everything to her. She was a gifted homemaker and cook, and took great pride in presenting a beautiful home and table to her loved ones.

Throughout her life, Stephanie faced health challenges that would have been insurmountable to most people. However, she battled them like a warrior, and always maintained an optimistic outlook and a feisty attitude! It seemed as though nothing could stop her, but even the strongest fighters must rest.

On October 11, 2019, Stephanie peacefully passed away with loving family by her side. She leaves behind her daughter, Angelina, stepson Christopher, siblings Constance, John, Woodrow, Melanchthon, Mary Jean, Rosemarie and Franklin, her mother-in- law, Greta, and a host of family and friends that will cherish her memory. Her recipe for life can be passed on to all that knew and loved her.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory - Oxon Hill
    Address
    6160 Oxon Hill Road
    OXON HILL, MD 20745
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 19th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Kalas Funeral Home & Crematory - Oxon Hill
    Address
    6160 Oxon Hill Road
    OXON HILL, MD 20745
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  • Interment

    Location
    Gate of Heaven Cemetery
    Address
    13801 Georgia Avenue
    SILVER SPRING, MD 20906
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Emilio Sanchez

Posted at 01:03pm
With deepest sympathy,
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With love, Kareema and The Coles Family

Posted at 09:44am
Angie, You have our deepest and sincerest condolences. You and your family are in our prayers.
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Divine Beauty Salon Family

Posted at 12:42pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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