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Lena Arce Martinez passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Seguin, Texas, at the age of 85 years, 3 months, and 3 days. She was born on Nov. 14, 1928, in Nixon to Juan and Felecita Gaytan Arce.

Lena was a lifelong resident of Nixon. She was a volunteer for God’s House, the food pantry, and a provider for the elderly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Estevan Martinez; son Stevie Martinez; daughter Josie Cantu; brother Juan Arce; and grandson Edward Cantu Jr.

Lena is survived by her children, Emma and Jim T. Flores of Seguin, Gloria and Salvador “Rayo” Mendiola of Nixon, Delia and Steve Aguirre of Nixon, Linda and Paul Rodriguez of Austin, Christy Medina of Nixon, John and Rita Arce of Austin, Eli and Yolanda Martinez of Pearland, and Michael Aaron Martinez of Nixon; sister Naomi Trigo of Austin; brothers Ezekiel G. Arce of Kansas and Raul and Pola Aguirre of Nixon; daughter-in-law Debbie Martinez of Arkansas; son-in-law Edward Cantu Sr. of San Antonio; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

A small family gathering was held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Franklin Funeral Home in Floresville.

Visitation was held on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Nixon.

A funeral service was held on Friday at 10 a.m. in the church, officiated by the Rev. Rene Amaya and the Rev. Tommy Garza.

Interment followed in the Latin American Cemetery in Nixon.

Serving as pallbearers were Jasen Martinez, Gabriel Martinez, L.J. Flores, Freddy Aguirre, Joel Aguirre, and Jeffrey Arce.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Paul Rodriguez and Fred Estrada Jr.

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