Angelina Heredia with her husband Alfredo, 1935


Angelina with her first-born Aida, 1936

Angelina Martinez Heredia


b. March 2, 1916, Nogales, Arizona
d. October 18, 2008, Tucson, Arizona

Angelina Martinez Heredia, daughter of Ignacia (Castillo) and Francisco Martinez
was born on March 2, 1916, the second-youngest of six children,
on her parentsí homestead near Nogales, Arizona. After her fatherís
death her mother continued working their small ranch with the help of
the older boys. Angelina became a good horsewoman and was also a
valued helper.

Angelina married Alfredo Heredia on February 14, 1935. They had four
daughters--Aida, Amelina, Arsenia and Anarinda.. The family lived on
many different ranches in the southern Arizona area, often in remote areas
and Angelina learned to make do with what she had available. She made
cheese and canned fruits, vegetables and meat. She decorated her linens
with embroidery, and was a good seamstress, sewing clothes for her girls
from patterns she made out of newspaper.

After their daughters left home she was once again a valued helper and
companion on the ranch riding with Alfredo as he worked cattle
and often accompanying him on lion hunts.

When Alfredo retired, together they carried stone from nearby creeks to
build a house in Elgin where they lived many years and particularly enjoyed
the visits of their children and grandchildren. Alfredo planted fruit trees
and Angelina enjoyed her flower garden and the many hummingbirds that
visited daily.

Angelina died on October 18, 2008.

Contributed by her daughter, Amelina Heredia Young

Alfredo's grave on the left, Angelina's grave on right.

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