Helen Martinez

Obituary of Helen Martinez

Helen Ruth Martinez

Helen Ruth Martinez, a longtime resident of Joliet, passed away peacefully, at the age 78, at her home on Saturday, October 28, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in East Prairie, MO, on February 25, 1939, the daughter of the late Herman and Cora (nee Foster) Coffer.  Helen was a strong, independent, woman who raised five kids alone while working full time as a beautician. She will be remembered for her beauty, her demeanor, her impeccable style and her beautifully manicured hands.  

Preceded by her parents and one sister, Ruby Schmidt.

Survived by her children; Tyrone Carlyle, Kevin Carlyle, Gina Najera, Chelyna Montoya, and Christopher Carlyle; her siblings, Mildred (the late Floyd) Appleton, Frances (Morris) McCutcheon, Norma (Max Ray) Carlyle, Wanda Jean (Harold) Carlyle, Roy (Bernice) Coffer, and Roger Coffer; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Visitation will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet, IL.  As it was her request, cremation rites have been accorded.  For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com