Alice Yanez Martinez, 87
BISBEE–Alice Yanez Martinez of Bisbee, Arizona passed away in Benson, Arizona on Monday, August 17, 2020. She was born on June 4, 1933.
Alice was born in Bisbee, Arizona, to the late Jesus Martinez and Hortencia (Yanez) Martinez. She was born and raised in Bisbee along with 7 siblings. This was where she later became the owner and operator of El Zarape Cafe Restaurant with her late husband Joe (Sonny) for many years where she taught Sonny how to both run a restaurant and cook. She would always say she taught him how to cook and that he later was a better cook than her!
Alice later in life discovered her artistic abilities and loved to use those artistic abilities creating canvas paintings, drawings, and making anything ceramic. She enjoyed giving her works of art away to family and friends. She also enjoyed driving Sonny crazy with her inability to sit down and relax. She loved her two children unconditionally. Alice also enjoyed watching her Soap Opera “Days of Our Lives” something she had done for 50 years she would say. She also enjoyed Dr. Oz and her Novelas at night. Alice also spoke of how she had a good life with Sonny traveling, visiting family, camping and running a business. Alice will be truly missed by her family, her children, her grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, her friends and people she met along her life’s journey here on earth.
Alice is survived by her sisters Mary Martinez, Francis Lopez, Artemisa Smith, her brother Ruben Martinez, her two children Cecilia Ayala, Tony Martinez, her grandchildren Joseph Ayala, Elisha Ayala, Marissa Martinez, Mallory Martinez, and Toni Martinez.
She was preceded in death by her dad Jesus Martinez, her mom Hortencia Martinez, her husband Joe (Sonny) Martinez, her sister Loretta Cons, her brothers Ricardo Martinez and Raul Martinez.
Mass was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Bisbee on Friday, September 4.