Funeral Time: Thursday, December 5th at 7:00PM
Beatriz “Betty” M. Martinez, age 81, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 quietly in her home in Lexington, Kentucky. Born Tuesday, October 4, 1938 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Tomas J Martinez and Angelina Martinez-Umpierre.
She attended the University of Puerto Rico where she graduated with an Associate Degree. Beatriz married the late Walter “Buddy” Smith in Oct 5, 1963, in Puerto Rico. Together, they had one son, Walter Marvin Smith (Maggie Murphy) currently of Lexington, Kentucky.
She moved to Kentucky in 1972 and retired from the Jefferson County School system in Louisville, where she taught Spanish, in one of the first programs that brought in native speakers to teach the language.
She will be lovingly remembered by many friends and family in Puerto Rico and across the United States.
Cremation Rites have been honored. A Public Visitation will be held 5-7 PM Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will begin at 7:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.