Date of Birth: March 08, 1952
Date of Death: October 30, 2021
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” -2 Timothy 4:7 Martha Valenzuela Begay went into the hands of our Lord on Saturday October 30th, 2021. Martha was born in Mexico City on March 8th, 1952 to Elisa Franco Coronado and Jenaro Valenzuela. Martha was one of nine children born to Elisa and Jenaro. Martha and four of her siblings were born hearing impaired. This had a considerable impact on her upbringing. Martha’s mother gave her strength to overcome the obstacles she faced in her life and was her best friend. Martha’s father passed away when she was only 13 years old. Martha’s mother then moved her and her siblings to her parents’ hometown of Juanacatlán, Jalisco to be closer to family. It was in Juanacatlán that Martha would meet her husband of forty-nine years, Harry Begay Sr. When Harry was living in El Paso, he would go to nearby Juarez, Mexico to explore. One day, by happenstance, he ran in to a group of young deaf people at a restaurant. Genaro, Martha’s brother, befriended Harry and took him through Mexico to Juanacatlán. Martha and Harry were introduced in a small café and there was an instant connection. Martha eventually moved to the United States and married Harry on June 28th, 1973 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Harry and Martha enjoyed traveling and spent the early years of their marriage traveling the United States and have since visited every state in the continental USA. Martha and Harry had three sons who she taught the importance of love, hard work and perseverance and never hesitated to sacrifice her own needs for the good of her family. Her sons fondly remember their mother always going above and beyond to make sure they were happy and how much she enjoyed planning their birthday parties, celebrating holidays, keeping them connected to family and always taking pictures. She also loved going to church, cooking, hiking, photography, traveling, attending the annual Deaf EXPO, and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. Martha will be remembered by all who knew her as a selfless wife, mother, grandmother and friend. A woman who always held a smile even when times were tough. Martha is preceded in death by her Father and Mother and is survived by her Husband Harry Sr., three sons, George “Danny,” Harry Jr., and Davin, three brothers, five sisters, ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Best Funeral Services located at 501 East Dunlap Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85020 on Saturday November 20th, 2021. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. and memorial service from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Mask are required regardless of vaccination status
If you would like to contribute to the Martha V Begay Memorial Fund, please go to https://gofund.me/f73f32d3