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In Loving Memory of Carmen Muñoz Martinez
With heavy hearts and a profound sense of loss, we announce the passing of a beloved matriarch, Carmen Muñoz Martinez, who departed this world on December 17, 2023. Carmen, a woman of unwavering strength and love, leaves behind a legacy that will forever be etched in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.
Born October 7, 1945, in Jalisco, Mexico, Carmen's journey through life was marked by a selfless dedication to family and an enduring spirit that shone through even the darkest times. As a young girl and the eldest, Carmen shouldered the responsibility of caring for her ten siblings after the untimely passing of her parents. This early experience shaped her into a nurturing and compassionate soul, qualities that she carried with her throughout her life.
In the embrace of her loving husband, Jose Felix Muñoz, Carmen embarked on the beautiful journey of starting her own family. While Jose Felix worked tirelessly in the U.S. to provide for their growing family, Carmen remained steadfast in Mexico, caring for their children with a heart full of love and a spirit fortified by her unyielding faith. Devoted to the Santisima Virgen de San Juan, Carmen found solace in her daily prayers and imparted the beauty of this devotion to her children, a legacy that continues to thrive. Her devotion to family extended beyond borders, and in 1991, Carmen and Jose Felix made the life-altering decision to move their family to Grandview, Washington.
Central to Carmen's identity was her role as a mother. Her number one priority was her children's well-being, a commitment transcending distance and time. Carmen's love manifested in the aromas that wafted from her kitchen, in the candies tucked away in her delantar, and in the special blessings she bestowed upon her family.
As a grandmother, Carmen's nurturing spirit flourished. Her grandchildren were recipients of boundless affection, sweet caresses, and loving affirmations that echoed the depths of her heart. Her joy extended to the garden she lovingly tended, where rose bushes bloomed under her care, mirroring the beauty she cultivated in the lives of those around her.
Carmen Muñoz Martinez, an exemplary daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, epitomized the values of love, sacrifice, and unwavering faith. Her departure leaves a void that cannot be filled, but her memory will forever be etched in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to be part of her journey.
In honoring Carmen's life, let us celebrate the enduring love that defined her existence. May her soul find eternal peace, and may her legacy continue to flourish in the lives of her descendants.
Carmen is preceded in death by her husband of fifty-six years Jose Felix Munoz. Children Maria Muñoz, Josefina Navarro (Juan), Antonio Munoz (Eva), Leticia Munoz, Maricela Munoz, Maria del Carmen Munoz (Martin Zuniga), Elizabeth Munoz, Felix Munoz (Maria Noemi) and Gabriela Munoz (Rene Gutierrez). Grandchildren Jose, Guadalupe, Gustavo, Ricardo, Sandra, Alberto, Juan Pablo, Miryam, Veronica, Gabriela, Noemi, John Anthony, Aaron, Michael, Susana, Ashley, Felix Emanuel, Vanessa, Julio, Jonathan, Angel Gael, Emily, Ricardo, Alex, Estefany, Rene, Freddy, Antonio, Alberto, Alonzo and Alondra, Cattleya, Aylin, Aiden. Great grandchildren Aven, Leyla, Liam, Aria, Gabriel, Mateo, Liliana, Kassandra, Guadalupe, Roel, Ámner, Rosy, Lucy, Victoria, Jose Emanuel, Jose Emiliano, Sebastian, Zaid, Valentina, Paula, Jose Luis, Leandro Rene, and Ana Lucia. She is also survived by four brothers and seven sisters. Carmen is preceded in death by her parents, Josefina Hernandez and Guadalupe Martinez, and infant son Alberto Muñoz.
Viewing and visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, 2023 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, Grandview, WA. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Grandview, WA. Burial will follow at the Grandview Cemetery, Grandview, WA. Those wishing to sign Carmen's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.