Martha Cortez, 64, of Comanche, passed away at her home Aug. 27, 2011. A Funeral Mass, under the direction of Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche, will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 30, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Comanche with Father Phillip McNamera officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. today and a Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at the Heartland Chapel. Condolences to the family may be left online at

Martha was born Nov.11, 1946, to Antonio Maldonado and Elpidia Vazquez in Apaseo El Grande, Guanajuato, Mexico. She is survived by children, Marielena and Johnny Brown of Brownwood, Lucina and Rumaldo Ortega of Blanket, Jose Cortez of Pleasonton, Juan and Tracey Cortez of Ft. Worth, Juana and Constantino Lopez of Comanche, Beatriz and Miguel Constancia of Comanche, Carmen and Aldo Salazar of Brownwood, Tony and Amy Cortez of Dublin, Pete Cortez of Breckenridge, Martha E. Cortez and Wesley Henry of Comanche, and Jesus Morales of California; 22 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Josefad Maldonado, Jose Arellano, Alfredo Arellano and Vicente Arellano; three sisters, Maria Ynez Maldonado, Antonia Maldonado and Concha Arellano.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Dolores Cortez; her parents, Antonio Maldonado and Elpidia Vazquez; daughter Elpidia Cortez; brother Vicente Arellano; and sister Cuca Arellano.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials in honor of Martha Cortez be made to Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center; 3535 Worth St.; Dallas, TX 75246 or Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Comanche, Texas.