Martha Luna Madrigal, 51, died Tuesday evening, October 2, 2018 accompanied by her family after battling a long journey with cancer. Although her loved ones and others saw her cancer diagnosis as a misfortune, Martha believed it was an opportunity for her to truly connect with God. Martha’s unyielding faith was an exemplary model for all who met her.
Martha was born to Esperanza Martinez and Reymundo DeLuna on February 3, 1967 in Crystal City, Texas. She was married to Raul Madrigal Jr. for over 23 years. Martha is survived by her beautiful children (Brenda Fulton, 31 years old, Yanira Luna Madrigal, 19 years old, Giselle Luna Madrigal, 17 years old, Raul Fabian Luna Madrigal, 12 years old), and granddaughters (Alicia Emiliah Pena, 8 years old, & River Finnley Fulton, 5 months). Martha’s loving siblings Jose Antonio De Luna, Beronica Salazar, Erika Rodriguez, Santiago Rodriguez and a host of extended family members survive her. Her grandparents’, Maria Castorena Martinez & Antonio Martinez, great grandparent Rosa Castorena, and other extended family members predeceased her.
Martha’s life was full of joy, laughter, warmth, and caring moments. Throughout her life Martha was also committed with showing others her strength. As a young lady, Martha had no problem going eye to eye with her older brother who was 6’2” and twice her size. Her petite physic never stopped her from doing the toughest jobs that were often done by men. As a young woman, Martha served as a forest fire fighter during a time that women were rarely accepted in the fire crews. Her inner and outter strength was a virtue visibly present throughout her entire life.
Martha would often say that her life was enriched when she met and married the love of her life, Raul. With Brenda on their side, they quickly became a family and soon after she had three beautiful children (Yanira, Giselle, & Raul). Martha believed being at home with her children was the most important job and she found tremendous happiness being able to watch them grow. She enjoyed feeding her children and anyone that came to her house. It was common for her to make large pots of food just in case a guest would drop by unannounced. Very few people left her home without being fully fed.
Martha’s children were her greatest joy. She would go to great lengths to give them everything they wanted even when it was at a cost to her. Martha’s children remember tenderly her favorite sayings: “I feel like a million bucks,” “Too bad so sad,” and “What are you talking about Willis?” She always placed her children as number one and even during her lowest points she fought hard to make sure her children were well.
The family will receive family and friends Friday afternoon, October 5th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell with a Rosary recited at 4:00 p.m. Graveside services are pending at this time.
Martha loved flowers, especially red roses, however, it was more important for her to be in community. The family invites you to come as you can and join them to celebrate her life.