Maria del Carmen Sanchez, age 83, passed away January 11, 2017, in Alice, Texas. She was born in San Antonio, Texas December 30, 1933 to Silvano and Paula Martinez. Maria worked for JC Penny for numerous years. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and collecting dolls, but was known to many for her love of painting. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Silvano and Paula Martinez; sons, Ramiro Sanhcez, Armando Sanchez, Adrian Sanchez, and Homero Sanchez; brothers, Jose Martinez, Javier Martinez, and Jaime Gonzalez; sister, Lucy Lozano; and brother in law, Richard Lozano.

Maria is survived by her husband of 64 years, Pablo G. Sanchez of Alice, Texas; her children, Paul Sanchez (Alma), Norma Jean Blanco (Vidal), Cynthia Cano (Ernest) all of Alice, Texas, Richard Sanchez (Isabel) of Castroville, Texas, Arturo Sanchez (Vicki) of Alice, Texas, Jose Luis Sanchez (Andrea) of Austin, Texas, Olga Gonzalez of San Antonio, Texas, Gracie Sanchez, Mario Sanchez (Brenda), Esteban Sanchez (Angie) and Maggie Molina (Ismael III) all of Alice, Texas; brother, Antonio “Tony” Martinez (Gloria) of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Gloria Ellis (Bob) of Seattle, Washington; step sisters, Esmeralda Pulido (Adan), Perla Cadena (Javier), Nivia Araujo (Armando) and Melba Gonzalez all of Alice, Texas; sisters in law, Mary Martinez of San Antonio, Texas and Belinda Gonzalez of Alice, Texas; aunt, Lucia Lamar Navarro of San Antonio, Texas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Rosas Funeral Home Chapel with a Rosary being recited at 7 p.m. that evening. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, January 13, 2017, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Roberson Collins Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements entrusted with ROSAS FUNERAL HOME, INC.