January 31, 1938- December 16, 2022
Marta Rosa Ramirez Reyes, “Martita” as we called her was born in Salama, Baja Verapaz Guatemala, Central America to Juan Ramirez and Rosa Zoila de Ramirez. She is the second one of six daughters and two sons.
She study in Guatemala City and work as a nurse and volunteering work at a Medical Clinic, when she first heard about Phoenix and St. Joseph’s Hospital, one of the Franciscan Fathers told her about and he said, he will send a letter to help her find a job.
In a short time, she received a letter offering her a job at St Joseph Hospital, and she embarked to Phoenix in August 1963, and started working at the Hospital.
She started at Nursery department and worked at ICU, and also worked taking pictures and prints of the New born babies. She love her work and specially working with babies. She retired after working for 45 years at St. Joseph Hospital. Martita started a new step of her life and was interested in cooking, specially baking, meeting with friends, she did some traveling to Guatemala and other places, or receiving family visiting her.
Martita was preceded in death by her Parents Juan and Rosa, two little sisters Maria Antonia baby and Maria Teresa one year old, nephews and nieces.
She is survived for her brothers Hector and Juan Francisco and sisters Estela, Floridalma and Gloria, and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Memorial Services will held on January ,2023 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 East Indian School Road, Phoenix AZ with a Visitation from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm and a Rosary and Scriptures Services at 7:00pm.
Martita was a lifelong devout Catholic. A visitation will be held on Friday, January 13, 2023 from 4-7pm with rosary prayers recited at 6pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will celebrated on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 10:00 am at St. Thomas Apostle Church, 2312 East Campbell Ave Phoenix, AZ 85016, with a burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate at Suncrest Hospice 4650 East Cotton Center Blvd Unit 250 Phoenix 85040 and at Biltmore Care Home 3532 East Camelback Rd Phoenix, AZ 85018