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Lilia Margarita Lara Martinez
June 10, 1948 ~ September 3, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
Lilia Margarita Lara Martinez, age 75, formerly of Saginaw, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 3, 2023, at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Lilia was born June 10, 1948, in Laredo, Texas to the late Fransisco and Guadalupe (Martinez) Lara. Lilia held her Native American heritage close to her heart. She was extremely proud of her roots, and her heritage was a source of strength and inspiration for her. She adopted the Tribal name “Dancing Beads” because in her own words, she described how she loved to dance and use her talents to make bracelets out of all kinds of different beads. Her creations were not just beautiful and unique pieces, but reflections of her soul, created with creativity and love. She generously shared her talents, leaving behind pieces of art that will serve as cherished mementos for her loved ones.
Lilia is survived by her children Lisa Lara of South Bend, Agustin Martinez of Irving, Texas, Jose Antonio (Debbie) Martinez of Elkhart, Jose Fransisco Martinez of South Bend and Michael Hallett Jr. of Saginaw, Michigan. Surviving as well are her grandchildren Lilia, Juan, Ruben, Marie, Jose Jr., Juan, Alicia, Jose Jr. Jalean, Kaden, Penelope, Ashlyn and Juan, along with several great grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings Diana Rodriguez, Mary Ann Vasquez, and Agnes L. Rodriguez and close friends of the family Christian Sigmond and Olivia Munguia. She was preceded in death by her siblings Roberto, Ernesto, David and Fransisco Jr., Rosie and Guadalupe Lara.
A celebration of Lilia’s life will be held in Saginaw, Michigan at a later date. Cruz Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Osceola has been entrusted with her care.
Lilia spent over two decades nurturing plants and flowers in a plant nursery turning them into flourishing wonders. In addition to her green thumb, Lilia had a passion for the simple joys of life. Gathering around the card table with her family brought happiness to her heart. She cherished those moments of laughter and camaraderie as she played cards with her loved ones. Her family reunions were filled with the aroma of sizzling BBQ and the sound of her children and grandchildren’s laughter, creating lasting memories that will forever be treasured. Lilia not only considered herself lucky to have such a wonderful family, but she tested her luck often as she enjoyed visiting the local casinos, usually coming out ahead after playing the slots for several hours at a time.
Perhaps Lilia's most enduring quality was her boundless kindness and generosity. Her home was always open to the neighborhood kids or those in need, a place where love flowed freely, and where no one was ever turned away. She placed the well-being of others above her own and touched countless lives with her selflessness.
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