Our precious mother passed away on Wednesday, March 27th with her family by her side. Martha was born in McNary, AZ on 09-18-1926 to Ricardo and Juanita Gonzales. She was the last surviving sibling out of 8 children. Martha was raised in St. Johns, AZ, and after graduation worked as a Harvey Girl at the Posada Resort in Winslow, AZ and there met and married the father of four of her children, Walter J. Florence. Mom remarried in 1954 to Thomas J. Casey and had 2 daughters. Martha worked as a cook most of her life and was employed with the Holy Cross Brothers and Priests for 25 years. She raised 6 children: Juanita (Jo) Lopez (Manny), Walter Florence-deceased-(Tracey), Thomas Florence (Linda), Beverly Casey-deceased-, Pat Carney (John), and Rick Sumpter (Tracy). Martha is survived by 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great, great-grandchild. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, yard sailing, watching Notre Dame Football and visiting the casinos, but nothing was more important than spending time with family. Martha was also a board member of the Chavez Family Reunion Committee for 43 years and her historian expertise will be greatly missed. Visitation will be held from 4:30-6:30pm with a Rosary at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 4th at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass and burial service will be held in St. Johns, AZ on Saturday, April 6th at 12:00pm at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. A special thanks to the Sacred Heart Hospice Team for all their support.
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