Maria Paradise-Cortez

Maria Paradise-CortezMaria Carmen Martinez Paradise-Cortez, peacefully passed in her sleep Jan. 18, 2018, in Ridgecrest following a bountiful 100 years of life.

Carmen was born on Dec. 15, 1917, in Edinburg, Texas, to Margarito and Josefa Martinez and was the last surviving of eight children. Growing up in Edinburg, she was a housekeeper for others and enjoyed quilting and embroidery. She eventually relocated to Ridgecrest to be near her family.

Carmen was preceded in death by a son Barney Paradise, daughter Martha Paradise Puente and daughter-in-law Maria Paradise.

Carmen leaves behind numerous loving family members including two sons David (Merlane) Paradise and Bill Paradise, both of Ridgecrest; and two daughters Mary Paradise-Meller of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Maria Clark of Ridgecrest.

Carmen’s legacy totaled seven children, 21 grandchildren, 58 great grandchildren, 41 great-great grandchildren and five great-great-great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on Jan. 26, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the H.K. Holland Mortuary Chapel.

— Submitted by the loved ones of Maria Paradise-Cortez

Story First Published: 2018-01-26