Mrs. Martha O. Brads passed suddenly on June 20th, 2022, after a fall, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the age of 91 years old.
Martha is survived by her daughter Lydia Arite and her husband Joseph of Seboyta, New Mexico, son Andrew V. Brads and his wife Heather of Belen, NM, daughter Estelle Brads of Colorado Springs, Colorado, son Daniel O. Brads and his wife Cindy of Orlando, Florida, sister Elizabeth Sanchez of Albuquerque, NM, and sister Maryann Garcia of Corrales, NM. She is survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Martha is preceded in death by her loving husband Andrew V. Brads, son James B. Brads, mother Guadalupe Ortiz, father Onofre Ortiz, and by fifteen siblings.
Martha was born on Wednesday, April 8th, 1931, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to Guadalupe Vigil Ortiz and Onofre Ortiz. Martha attended Loretto Academy and graduated in 1949. Martha married Mr. Andrew V. Brads Jr. on Saturday, September 6th, 1958, at the St. Francis Basilica in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They were married 60 years and had five children.
Martha enjoyed making pottery, sewing, dancing, playing bingo, eating desserts, but her favorite activity was being with her children and visiting with them. She always ended her conversations with them with a kiss, a hug and an “I love you”. All of Martha’s children will miss talking with her. Martha was always an elegant dresser and loved dressing up for Halloween. She won several awards for her pottery and received a 25-year pin for volunteering from Senior Affairs. Martha was a member of multiple senior citizen centers and volunteered for many years. Martha was an active member of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church for 50 years. She loved going to mass every day.
Services will take place at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, located at 5712 Paradise Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87114, on Thursday, July 7th, 2022. Rosary will begin at 9:30 AM, Mass will follow at 10:15AM. A Reception will be held in Conway Hall inside the Church directly after the Mass. Burial will be scheduled to take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery, located at 501 N Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM, 87501, at a later date.